Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dates, and Apples is a flavor combination that will get even the must reluctant to eat their sprouts!
Before making this recipe I had never eaten a Brussels sprout in my life. I totally has the “eeeeeewww” stigma in my head. I pictured a steamed pile of weird smelling greens on a plate. NO! I say unto you, Brussels sprouts are delicious! And with these other little treats thrown in they’re a new staple in my recipe book. Yeah. They’re that good. These sprouts broke down my fear barrier of these little guys and made it all okay.
Now, I didn’t dive into this venture lightly. I asked my friends, who I knew ate these little guys, the best way to cook them. They unanimously said to roast them, and it was game on. I grabbed one of my favorite spice blends, and checked out my friend Ari’s fab recipe to get the ball rolling. And since I’m totally one of those bacon freaks your mom warned you about, I added lots of yummy bacon to this recipe so that you want to eat your veggies. I took these babies to a family dinner, and my Brussels sprouts loving mom gave me a big thumbs up. Crisis averted! But seriously, if you’ve never had sprouts or are looking for a new way to serve them up, this recipe it the bee’s knees kids. Do it!
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 1 tablespoon Urban Accents Balsamic & Roasted Onion Veggie Roaster seasoning blend
- 3 strips bacon diced
- 1 gala apple cored and diced
- 4 large medjool dates dates pits removed and diced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Balsamic glaze if desired
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with Sil-Pat or parchment paper.
- Rinse Brussels sprouts, remove outer leaves, cut off stems, and cut each sprout in half vertically.
- Place Brussels sprouts in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine oil, butter, and Veggie Roaster blend. Pour over Brussels sprouts and toss until coated.
- Pour sprouts onto prepared baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes.
- While Brussels sprouts bake, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to skillet, and cook until crispy. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat.
- Add the sprouts, dates, and apples to the bacon. Stir to give everything to combine, cook for another minute or two to let the flavors meld.
- Serve immediately. Drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired.
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