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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple is a quick and simple side dish for weeknight meals or Sunday suppers. It pairs especially well with pork roasts or pork chops!

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Brussels Sprouts are a veg that many people either love or hate. Trust me, this recipe may just convert all of you doubters out there. I’m not here to defend soggy Brussels sprouts that you steam in a bag and leave unsalted. The secret success of this sauteed Brussels sprout recipe is the salty bacon and tart apple.  

Any recipe that involves bacon is a win in my book!

This could be the recipe that you’re able to take to all of the family gatherings and holiday potluck dinners this year. The medley of flavors in this Brussels sprout side will pair great with other festive dishes.

Now, before we get started. I wanted to share a few facts about Brussels sprouts that will have you eager to implement them into your meal plan at least once a week. 

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon in a cast iron skillet before cooking

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5 Things You Need To Know About This Brussels Sprouts Recipe:

  1. It’s actually “Brussels Sprouts” even though everyone searches for “Brussel Sprouts” because they were cultivated in Belgium.
  2. An 80g serving of Brussels sprouts contains four times more vitamin C than an orange. Four times!
  3. One cup of Brussels sprouts is only 26 calories.
  4. Brussels sprouts pack a nutritious punch. Just under one ounce of Brussels sprouts has 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein!
  5. If you’re smelling a sulfuric smell every time you cook Brussels sprouts then that’s a sure sign that they have been overcooked.

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Key Ingredients for Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bacon
  • Honey
  • Apple
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

ingredients for sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon and apple


Equipment Needed to Make Pan-fried Brussels Sprouts

  • Large, non-stick skillet
  • Large bowl
  • Rubber spatula 
  • Serving dish

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How to Cook Brussels Sprouts on the Stovetop

Step 1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add Brussels sprouts and bacon.

Step 2. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the bacon is cooked and crisp.

Step 3. Pour honey and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 4. In a large bowl, combine apple, pumpkin seeds, Brussels sprouts, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust flavor. Serve immediately as a side dish.

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Tips for Cooking Brussels Sprouts

  • Roast or saute them a little longer than you think they should be so they are not hard in the center. The edges will start to brown, but don’t worry! The flavor is seeping in during that extra minute on the pan or in the skillet.
  • If you are aiming for crispy Brussels sprouts, make sure that they are dried off thoroughly after rinsing and prepping them.
  • Don’t be afraid to use bold flavors. Brussels sprouts are notoriously bitter. Just think of it as having a blank canvas to throw different textures and flavors at!

Other Gluten Free Side Dish Recipes To Try

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple is a quick and simple side dish for weeknight meals or Sunday suppers. It pairs especially well with pork roasts or pork chops!

Ingredients

  • 3 medium (280 g) red apples, sliced
  • 5 cups (450 g) frozen Brussels Sprouts, defrosted
  • 150 g bacon cubed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ( 35 g) pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add Brussels sprouts and bacon. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the bacon is cooked and crisp.
  2. Pour honey and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine apple, pumpkin seeds, brussels sprouts, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust flavor.
  4. Serve immediately as a side dish.

Notes

  1. Make it vegetarian by replacing the bacon with 200 g portobello mushrooms.
  2. Honey can be used in place of the maple syrup.
  3. Fresh Brussels Sprouts can be used instead of frozen, they just need to cook a bit longer.
  4. The apples can be cooked with the bacon and Brussels Sprouts if you prefer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 274

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Calories based on 6 servings.

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