Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Balsamic & Brown Sugar

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Since finally discovering that I liked them, every brussels sprouts recipe I see, I want to try. So when deciding on the vegetable side dish to go along with ham this past Sunday, I decided that nothing goes better with ham than bacon… and brussels sprouts!

Oh and these brussels sprouts arn’t just mixed up with bacon, but I also went ahead and caramelized them in the bacon grease as well instead of dumping it out and using olive oil. It seemed like such a shame to waste.

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Makes 4-6 side servings


1 lb brussels sprouts

4 slices bacon

2 Tbsp brown sugar, not packed

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Salt to taste


  1. Cut off the bottom of each sprout, then slice in half vertically. Rinse.
  2. Dice bacon. Saute bacon in large skillet over medium heat until just crisp. Remove bacon, and keep remaining oil heated.
  3. Place sprouts in skillet, cut sides down. Sprinkle with sugar. Saute over medium low heat for about 3 minutes or until bottoms start to caramelize and tops start turning bright green.
  4. Pour vinegar over sprouts and shake pan to distribute. Cook for 30 seconds. Turn all sprouts over and cook for another minute.
  5. Add reserved bacon to sprouts. Toss and cook for 30 seconds. Salt to taste if necessary. Serve.

Source: Adapted slightly from Miss Make.

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