Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Balsamic & Brown Sugar

by Erin

The House of Mews Bake Sale is now complete = $890!

What a great turn out! To see who won each item refer to the original bake sale post. And if you happen to be one of the lucky winners, please check your e-mail box as I have already e-mailed all of the winners to request addresses and give payment details. You have 24 hours to provide this information, otherwise that goodie will go to the next highest bidder. As soon as I have all the information necessary, I will pass it along for the shipment of your winnings.

Thanks so much to the exciting bidders, the food bloggers who donated the baked goods! Because of you tons of furry kitty bellies will be very happy. And also thanks to for their kitten cam and The House of Mews for being a superb organization!

Additionally, a few people have asked if there is a way to directly donate without bidding (since the bake sale is now over). And yes you certainly can! To donate, please refer to The House of Mews donation page where you will find their Paypal link.


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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Megan @Country Cleaver April 18, 2012 - 9:15 am

Brussels sprouts are a highly underrated vegetable. They can be so tasty – and topping them with bacon and balsamic would definitely make them epic!

Dianna @ The Kitchen Prep April 16, 2012 - 8:09 pm

My husband LOVES brussels sprouts. Consequently, I end up making them about once a week {even though I am tempted to hold my nose the entire time!}. I have only found one way to make them that makes them acceptable to my tastebuds… but after seeing these little babies, I might just have to go back for more. ;)

Carolyn April 16, 2012 - 6:20 am

Yummy, what a great way to serve brussels!

Catalina @ Cake with Love April 15, 2012 - 10:47 am

I love Brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic!!

Charissa April 14, 2012 - 5:29 pm

I love the idea of a “sweet” brussel sprout dish…looks so yummy!

Vicki @ WITK April 14, 2012 - 7:55 am

So happy that the bake sale was such a success! Happy kitties!

I’ve been trying to get the courage to make Brussel sprouts at home, I’ve had some good ones at restaurants but have yet to make my own! Thanks for the simple gateway recipe!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 13, 2012 - 11:53 pm

I’ll be honest with you – I don’t even like brussels sprouts but that whole caramelization process is making me want to give this a try!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 13, 2012 - 6:37 pm

I’m so glad you raised so much money for the House of Mews! What a wonderful charity!!!

Your Brussels Sprouts look amazing!!!

[email protected] April 13, 2012 - 11:55 am

This is my favorite way the eat the sprouts!! LOVE!!

[email protected] April 13, 2012 - 11:37 am

Brussel Sprouts are on my top five list of favorite veggies. I make some very similar to this so I KNOW these would taste fantastic! :-)

amy @ fearless homemaker April 13, 2012 - 11:11 am

oh yum, this is how i love brussels sprouts – they look awesome. and congrats for raising so much money! if you ever do it again, i’m definitely in to help – this week was just a little loco for me. =)

Jen @ Juanita's Cocina April 13, 2012 - 11:04 am

Congrats on the great bake sale.

And, I’m a recent brussel sprout convert. Trying these!


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