These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Bacon will become a Thanksgiving dinner staple. Tender roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy bacon and sweet apple come together to create a simple, yet satisfying, holiday – or anytime! – side dish.
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These Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apple and Bacon were one of the side dishes I made at the first Thanksgiving I cooked on my own. I would’ve never dreamed of serving Brussels sprouts on Turkey Day but page after page of magazines I flipped through contained recipes for them.
Now, years later, I wouldn’t dream of not having them on our Thanksgiving table. If I can have my meat and potato eating husband and father-in-law practically inhaling them, believe me, you’ll love them too!
Tender roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy bacon and sweet apple come together to create a simple, yet satisfying, holiday – or anytime! – side dish. It’s that classic sweet and salty combination, but this time with vegetables involved.
Believe me when I say that these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Bacon will become a Thanksgiving dinner staple, right alongside my Make Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole, Twice the Onion Green Bean Casserole and Slow Cooker Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing.
If you’re looking for a different Brussels sprouts and fruit combination, you might want to give my Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Greek Yogurt a whirl.
These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Bacon are great served direct from the oven or at room temperature which means you can make them ahead of time to cut down on dishes vying for oven real estate and for your own meal planning sanity.
I often will make them right before I start preparing the gravy and nearing the home stretch of my Thanksgiving cooking marathon. The only downside is that because they’re already prepared and sitting on my kitchen counter, I tend to keep stealing bites leaving me with a less full bowl to bring to the table.
Then again, I’m thinking that’s only a downside for those sitting around my dinner table, not me.
Another reason I love this delicious side dish? I end up using the few leftover strips of bacon and stray apple left behind in the fridge. Please tell me I’m not the only one that ends up with these!
Use any kind of apple you’d like for these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Bacon. The Granny Smith variety are my favorite and I typically have them on hand so that’s what I’ve used in the photos. Using a red variety is a great idea for Christmas or to add a pop of color to your dish. The choice is yours.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Bacon
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts
- 1 large apple
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut bacon into 1/2" pieces and arrange in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake until browned, about 10 minutes.
- Trim and halve Brussels sprouts and add in a single layer on top of bacon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until they begin to brown, 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, core and cut apple into 1/4" pieces.
- Remove Brussels sprouts from oven and toss in apple. Return to oven; roast until Brussels sprouts are browned and tender and apple has softened, 10-15 minutes.
- Toss Brussels sprouts mixture with vinegar and serve.
So many Brussels sprouts, so little time! Lovers of those little green cabbages will also want to check out these luxurious Creamed Brussels Sprouts, crunchy Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe and these colorful Shredded Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Pistachios, Cranberries and Parmesan.