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Brussels Sprouts with
Bacon and Apples

Posted by Denise on November 6, 2012

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Firm but tender Brussels sprouts, smoky bacon and sweet apples go together so well that you're going to want to make this dish over and over.

If you even think you may like Brussels Sprouts, you’re going to want to make Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples right away, like even for Thanksgiving. We are completely in love with this dish! It is I-Can’t-Stop-Eating-It good. The Brussels sprouts are firm but tender, the bacon slight salty and crunchy and the apple, sweet. They combine to make a totally satisfying side. It was soooo good that I found myself thinking about it even days after we first ate it, planning the next time we would make it. Luckily, it only takes about 30 minutes to make it from start to eating. That means we can make it to go with our weeknight dinner any time we want. Yum!

Luckily, this time of the year we almost always have all of the ingredients on hand. I like Brussels sprouts, but Glenn could eat them every day, so we keep them around. We used an apple wood smoked bacon cooked to a mild crunch to compliment the lovely sweet apple chunks. The Brussels sprouts are cooked to the point where their brilliant green is intact and they’re tender, but firm. This involves boiling them for a few minutes then, while they are still somewhat firm, running them under cold water to stop the cooking process. We want them to be bright green and undercooked because they will be cooked a little more while they are being heated with the bacon and apples.

We found this recipe in Sunday Roasts by Betty Rosbottom, a really fine cookbook that I picked up, intending to take a glance at it while browsing at Williams Sonoma. Somehow, after paging through it, the book ended up going home with me! I will be trying more of her recipes after making this dish. The only thing I changed is the way the instructions are written to explain more.

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Brussels Sprouts with
Bacon and Apples



 brussels sprouts with bacon and apples ingredients

 Brussels sprouts with bacon and apples ingredients.


Makes 4 servings




pound fresh Brussels sprouts


teaspoons salt

4 or 5

slices of thick bacon

1 ½

tablespoons of unsalted butter


large Golden Delicious apples, peeled




1.    Clean the Brussels sprouts under cool running water. Cut the stem end off until it is flush with the bottom of the leaves (not too deep or the outer leaves will fall off) and remove any yellowed or wilted leaves from the outer layer. Slice each sprout in half lengthwise.


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2.    Fill a large pot with water and the 2 teaspoons of salt and bring it to a boil. Add the sprouts and cook until they are tender but not too soft when poked with the tip of a sharp knife, about 8 to 10 minutes or longer if necessary. Cooking time will vary depending on size of the sprouts. Once the sprouts have cooked, immediately drain them and run them under cold water until they are cool. Pat dry and save until needed. (According to the recipe in the cookbook, you can prepare to here up to 6 hours in advance and refrigerate the cooked sprouts as long as you bring them to room temperature before proceeding on with the recipe.)


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3.   Cut the bacon slices across the width into ½” pieces. Sauté the bacon pieces in a large, heavy frying pan over medium heat until the bacon is browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels to remove excess grease. Pour all but 2 teaspoons of the drippings out of the pan.

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4.    Cut the peeled apples into 1” cubes right before cooking them. Over medium heat, melt the butter in the bacon fat in the skillet. Add the apples and cook them, turning often, until they are softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts and bacon to the frying pan with the apples and cook, stirring, until completely mixed and heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and add salt if needed. Serve hot.


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