Don’t be afraid of Brussels Sprouts. Pan Roasted Candied Pecan Bacon Brussels Sprouts are seriously the best side dish ever!
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Stop. Don’t you dare click away from this post. Brussel Sprouts are not what you think and this comes from one who used to be the pickiest eater ever, so you can totally trust me! Ok, that’s not true, I’ve never had a delicious steamed or boiled brussels sprouts, but these candied pecan bacon brussels sprouts are the best side dish!
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Every February we get serious and bring you a meal that isn’t dessert, but instead a dish that let’s vegetables or other good for you foods be the star in an effort to talk about doing small things that pay off later, like including nuts in our diet is a new effort to care for our hearts.
Brussel Sprouts or Brussels Sprouts?
First thing first though, is it Brussel Sprouts or Brussels Sprouts? It is a pet peeve of mine that there isn’t a proper way to spell Brussel Sprouts. When I talk I say Brussel, but when I type it feels like it should be Brussels Sprouts, but I’ve googled until my eyeballs fell out and it for sure can be either way. So guess what, I’m writing it both ways in this post to appease both sides.
Where to Cut Brussels Sprouts
To prepare brussels sprouts you need to know where to cut brussels sprouts. Start by trimming off the bottom and then slice the brussels sprouts in half. Let any outer, browning leaves fall off. We like to give them a quick rinse in cold water at this point but it isn’t necessary.
How to Cook Brussel Sprouts
The key to brussel sprouts is actually in the cooking method. It’s not about a secret seasoning or sauce, though seasoning is huge as well.
No, it’s about roasting or sautéing. I think it’s the only way to go so that you can cook out the bitter and instead bring in a warm, delicious flavor that’s perfect for the holidays.
Make sure you halve the brussels sprouts so that they can lay flat on the surface of the pan and brown the underside. If you are making a one pan or sheet pan dinner you can do the same but roast the veggies. Just make sure again that the underside is laying flat on the metal pan.
Are Brussel Sprouts Low Carb?
Brussels sprouts contain low to moderate amount of carbohydrates. They have a low glycemic load and are a great source of vitamin A, C and B and potassium.
I think you all were ready for side dishes anyway. When we asked what you wanted, brownies or sides we got almost all side dish recipes requests.
That tells me that I’m not alone in being asked to dinner and told to bring a side then hanging up the phone and stressing my brains out about what in the heck to bring. Dessert is always the easiest and we’re always assigned side dish. Are our friends messing with us?
The best thing to do with brussel sprouts after roasting is to do a little play with salty, sweet and juicy. It just works so well with the brussel sprouts. We chose to make candied pecans for a little crunchy and sweet and then juicy craisins for the pop, but instead of just salt on the brussels and a little butter (which is also wonderful) we added bacon. There’s no real reason other than bacon makes the world go round. How in the heck did I hate the stuff growing up?! What a stitch in my mother’s side I must have been!
Candied Pecan Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Ready to try these candied pecan bacon brussels sprouts? We know you’re going to absolutely love them and once you do make sure you try the recipe below for steak and brussel sprouts. Such a yummy meal!
Candied Pecan Bacon Brussels Sprouts
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Candied Pecan Bacon Brussel Sprouts
- 2 cups brussel sprouts with the ends trimmed off and sliced in half
- 1 tablespoon Johnny's Garlic Spread or other garlic seasoning
- Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon butter unsalted
- 1 Cup Candied Pecans
- 3 slices of bacon cooked and chopped
- 1/3-1/2 cup craisins
- 3 cups Fisher Nuts pecans
Fisher Nuts pecans
- 1 egg white
- 2 teaspoons water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
For the candied nuts
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water until foamy. Stir into the pecans in a large bowl.
- Stir in the sugars and seasoning and spread out over the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 25-27 minutes then allow to cool on the counter all day.
For the brussel sprouts
- Heat a saute pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil and butter.
- Add the brussel sprouts and stir to coat in the oil mixture.
- Allow to cook for 5-10 minutes or until tender and golden on the cut side.
- Add the garlic seasoning (not garlic salt) and cook for an additional minute.
- Remove to a dish and toss with craisins, bacon and chopped candied pecans.
- Serve immediately.