Everything’s better with bacon! Those are some solid words to live by my friends. Especially when you’re dating a meat eater like me, everything I repeat, EVERYTHING is always better with bacon! And that couldn’t be more apparent than with these maple bacon wrapped brussel sprouts.
You see few weeks ago Charlie and I went to Stone Brewery for a little night out on the town and ordered their crispy brussel sprouts for an appetizer. (Secretly I knew it was killing him inside because he had his heart set on that bavarian pretzel. He’s such trooper for still attempting to like the same things I do.) But nonetheless we ordered a tray, took a few bites and the next thing I knew the entire plate was gone…and I’d only had about 4 pieces. Needless to say, Charlie could not stop talking about how good they were for the rest of the night. Their secret you ask? BACON! And a lot of it.
That event alone made me start rattling my brain on all the different ways I could fuse together bacon and brussel sprouts until it hit me – bacon wrapped brussel sprouts with a sweet maple glaze. So here they are babes, the epitome of sweet and savory snacks, the sure to be favorite of your table of hors’ doeuvres and the one veggie appetizer that will make any meat eater salivate like no other… And all you need is 30 minutes and 3 ingredients.
Tips for making bacon wrapped brussel sprouts:
- Stretch out the bacon as you roll each brussel sprout. This helps the bacon stick to the brussel without it becoming too floppy. Floppy bacon = an unraveled sprout.
- Try to use medium sized brussels. Teeny tiny brussel sprouts will burn too easily and get lost in the bacon. On the other hand, ginormous brussel sprouts will with take forever to cook and may cause the bacon to burn. (Be picky, it’s ok!)
- Put the sheet of wrapped brussel sprouts on the lower racks of your oven to bake. I found when I put mine higher, the bacon burned more easily.
Maple Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts
- 20 brussel sprouts*
- 7 bacon strips, cut into thirds**
- Pure maple syrup***
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Avocado oil spray
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep brussel sprouts cut trimming the ends off (still leave most of the end intact). Spray with avocado oil & sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cut bacon strips into thirds. Lay out each smaller bacon strip. Take a brussel sprout and place it on one end of the strip. Then begin rolling until the entire brussel is covered. (It helps to stretch the bacon as you go so the bacon will be tighter around the brussel.) Place bacon wrapped brussel on a prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment.
- Bake for 25 minutes. When done, brush some maple syrup over the bacon and put back in the oven for 5 more minutes. Take them out of the oven and brush with more syrup just before serving. (You can also serve them with syrup too instead of brushing them with it.)