Thursday, December 4, 2014

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Brown Sugar

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. 

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