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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple


Prepare this sweet and savory Thanksgiving side ahead of time.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, November 2005


  • 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 pints Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and halved
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices, each slice halved crosswise
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange bacon in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until browned, 10 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts in a single layer; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until they begin to brown, about 15 minutes.

  2. Remove from oven, and toss in apple. Return to oven; roast until Brussels sprouts are browned and tender and apple has softened, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Toss vegetables with vinegar, and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

To make ahead: Prepare through step 2; store at room temperature up to 4 hours. To serve hot, spread vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet, and place in a 350 degrees oven until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes. Proceed with step 3.

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  • chesterkc
    5 JAN, 2014
    We really liked these. The apple & bacon are delicious additions. I agree with the reviewer who said the cooking times were far too long, though. 10 minutes burned the first bits of bacon. I tried again with 4 minutes, which resulted in done bacon. The bacon continues to cook when you add the sprouts & apples, though, so it (the bacon) was too done when everything else was fully cooked. I think I will remove the bacon after it's done (leaving the grease) & add it back at the end next time.
  • MS11092825
    23 DEC, 2013
    These were pretty good. The apples were a very nice touch. However I found the cooking times to be way too long. The full time required for the bacon burned my first batch. I also thought there wasn't enough of it to contribute any kind of real flavor. Also the cooking time for the brussel sprouts dried them out. I'd try this recipe again but add more bacon and lessen the cooking times.
  • maggy
    13 SEP, 2013
  • nan956
    24 NOV, 2010
    I made these for Thanksgiving dinner and they were a huge hit. Even people who said they don't like brussel sprouts loved them! Unique and tasty!
  • MamaYogi
    1 DEC, 2008
    I always try to add a new vegetable side for Thanksgiving and this one was easy and a hit. It impressed my guests because of the unusual apples and bacon additions to brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts are sturdy so even the leftovers were good.
  • MaraMayClover
    21 NOV, 2008
    The salty bacon and sweet apples and apple vinegar make this recipe a great way to get EVERYONE to eat their brussels sprouts even if they are adamant about not eating them. Yummy and easy to make.