Who doesn't love Brussels Sprouts? The answer? A whole bunch of people. Including most of my family. My father is the biggest adversary of them that I have ever seen. However, this Thanksgiving, he went back for seconds. Yep, another brussels sprout convert--as long as they are made with bacon and brown sugar. I know, I know. You're thinking really? Sugar? Trust me, I wouldn't normally add sugar but this was a special occasion and yes, I'm implying that it is A-OK to eat anything you want on a holiday. (I should probably enter a disclaimer here about food allergies, illnesses, blah, blah, blah. You're an adult.)
I absolutely love this time of the year. Christmas decorations are going up everywhere. Twinkly lights are draped over anything that will stand still. Holiday music is streaming 24 hours a day on a local radio station and the air is full of excitement. Speaking of 24 hour a day Christmas music, I'm learning that apparently there are only about five different songs that have been remade approximately 487 times. I seem to recall much more variety as a child. Or maybe I just wasn't paying any attention.
Hopefully you all had a super Thanksgiving and the holiday spirit is alive and well with you. I, once again, fulfilled my yearly tradition of eating wayyyy too much. I mean, how can it be avoided? All that delicious food in one place--corn pudding, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, rolls, green beans, turkey, gravy, dressing. Mmmm dressing. I think dressing is my favorite thing about the holidays. I should really start having it more. Maybe I'll add it to my roast chicken menu. Yeah, that's the ticket.
Wait, what is this post about? Oh yeah, Brussels sprouts. I got distracted. Food has that affect on me. Go, make these sprouts now. I'll spare you the details of how I could not stop snacking on these when I pulled them out of the oven. I wanted to lick the foil. Ok. Maybe I actually did lick the foil. Don't tell.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Brown Sugar Printer Friendly
2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
5 slices of bacon, diced
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Canola oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl add sprouts and canola oil. Mix well.
Add the remainder of the ingredients and stir.
Pour into a foil lines baking sheet.
Bake for 30-45 minutes or until bacon has cooked through. Serve immediately.