Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Candied Bacon and Walnuts

If your mother could only see you drooling over brussels sprouts.

What better way to kick off the beginning of brussels sprout season than with some bacon and maple syrup? We’ve given you variations on this dish before, but this one rules them all.

Equipment Needed: Baking Pan with Rack, Aluminum Foil, 2 Baking Sheets, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, 2 Small Mixing Bowls

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 6

Suggested Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio

Suggested Beer Pairing: Dark Belgians, Brown Ale, Dunkelweizen,

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts (about $3/lb)
  • 1/2 C walnut halves (about $9/lb)
  • 1/2  C grade A maple syrup, divided (about $7/8 oz)
  • 2-3 TBSP brown sugar ($1.39/lb)
  • 1 TBSP butter ($4.99/lb)
  • 6 strips bacon ($6/lb)
  • 2 shallots ($1.99/lb)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($2.99/lb)
  • 1 TSP cayenne pepper ($3/2 oz jar)
  • 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil ($9.99/34 oz bottle)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. All three components to this dish can be put in at the same time, so hold off until you’ve got everything prepped.
  • Wash the brussels sprouts, peel off any brown leaves and put an “X” about 1/4 inch deep into the bottom of each sprout. Mince the garlic and cut the shallots in half. Place the three ingredients on one of your baking sheets, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

Oil those bad boys up.

  • Put the bacon and the rest of the maple syrup in a mixing bowl and thoroughly coat each piece. While that’s marinating a bit, cover the baking rack in aluminum foil.

Yes, that is a bowl of bacon and maple syrup. Nom nom nom.

  • Put the bacon on the rack in a single layer and sprinkle brown sugar and some cayenne pepper over the top. Bake for 15 minutes or until crispy.

A light dusting of cayenne adds some nice heat to the sweet.

  • In your other bowl melt the butter in the microwave and mix it with 1/4 C of maple syrup. Cover your other baking sheet in foil, coat the walnuts in the mixture and salt them lightly. Put them in the oven and toast for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on these because they’ll be gross and a mess to clean up if they burn.
  • Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch strips and toss it with the veggies and walnuts. Serve and devour.
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