Brussel Sprouts? Eww to Oooh!




A great side dish to get kids to try brussel sprouts or for those who dislike brussel sprouts but want the benefit of eating a healthy, dark green leafy vegetable. Only a few ingredients, inexpensive to make, and only a little "bad stuff" to enhance the flavor. This is a side dish that has been put into regular rotation at our house.

Please expand and adapt this recipe to how your family likes it and let me know what you come up with, I'd love to try your version!

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Step 1: Bacon-y Sweet Brussel Sprouts

This is a recipe I made up the other night out of desperation to get my kids to eat some green vegetables. We didn't have our usual safety net of green beans on hand, only (kids quaking with fear) brussel sprouts to have with dinner that night. A one-hit wonder? Not this time! Turns out, my whole family enjoyed them to the point of my 5-year old asking if there were any more "bwussel spwouts." Chalk up a win for brussel sprout growing farmers and dads everywhere!

Time to prep: 10 minutes

Time to cook: 25-30 minutes, depending on how tender you like your sprouts. I cooked these for 25 minutes which left them tender, but al dente.

Cost: Estimated about $5.50 for four side-sized servings. The 'sprouts were $4.99.

Step 2: Ingredients:

Always remember, any brands will work fine. Use what you like, no need to purchase what I used!

- 12 oz. container of brussel sprouts

- 1 strip of bacon

- 1 tsp. olive oil

- ½ cup of applesauce

- 1 1/4 cup beef stock

- 1 pinch each of salt, pepper, and cinnamon

- 1 tsp. maple syrup

Step 3: Utensils and Pan Needed

a sauté pan or something similar

a wooden spoon or something to stir with

a sharp knife, the sharper the better, 'sprouts are tough before they're cooked

a plate

a cutting board

Step 4: Getting Started

Turn the burner on you wish to use on high on the stove and place your sauté pan on it to get warmed up for 3 minutes.

While the pan is heating, prepare your brussel sprouts on the cutting board. Cut off the stem end then cut the sprout in half lengthwise. Throw the stem ends away. Place the sprouts on a plate or in a bowl, you'll need the cutting board again for cutting up the bacon.

Step 5: Mmmm... Bacon

Take your strip of bacon and lay it out flat on the cutting board. Cut it into 6ths or 8ths depending on long the piece of bacon is. Place your pieces of cut up bacon into the sauté pan and cook until almost crisp.

Add the olive oil to the pan.

Step 6: Everyone in the Pan!

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Add the 'sprouts to the pan. They will pop and hiss for about a minute and then settle down. Let them cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring or tossing once or twice. You want the 'sprouts to caramelize.

Add the pinch of salt and pinch of pepper, toss or stir to distribute evenly and then lower the heat to medium/medium low.

Step 7: Finishing Up and Serving

Add the beef stock and let everything simmer until most of the stock is absorbed/evaporated.

Add the applesauce and sprinkle the pinch of cinnamon in. Toss or stir to coat everything. Let it cook anther 3-4 minutes, stirring once or twice.

Drizzle the maple syrup over everything and toss or stir to coat.

Cook for one more minute then remove from heat and serve.

I hope this will help some frustrated parents out there who have fussy eaters at home to at least TRY a green vegetable. It worked in my house, hopefully it will work in yours too. Now, if I could just get them to eat some kind of seafood...

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I said it once, I said it again and I'm repeating it now. Brown beer is the keyword to get those sprouts to supersonic level. Cook them in Chimay Blue, eat them with Chimay Blue. Try it, and we talk again. Thanx to put this wonderful and largely underestimated ingredient in the picture.


    4 years ago

    Great recipe, did simular method at christmas time here and the kids loved them. One thing i might ask though... Did you you say you paid $4.99 for the 12 oz of sprouts? (approximately 340 gram)

    If that right, veg is getting very expensive in the US! Here in Ireland we can get a 500 gram net (approximately 18 oz) for about 1.40 euro ($1.50).

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I know, right? I got them at a small, out of the way grocery on my way home from work, not the mega grocery a town over and there is a huge price difference between the two. Even still, they wouldn't cost $1.50, probably $2.99. Thanks for commenting!


    Reply 4 years ago

    Wow that is on the expensive side alright.

    We were over in the states a few years ago on holiday and i couldnt get over the cost of fresh fruit and veg verus soda, chips and sweets/candy when we were doing a bit of shopping in a local target there.

    Again, great recipe and look forward to trying your twist on it next time i do them. Thanks again.


    4 years ago on Step 7

    The simplest way to make brussels more palatable is to sprinkle them with a little vinegar or lime juice it works with other greens as well.


    4 years ago

    When I was 1,5 year old my first plate with sprouts ended on the floor, during the time a few plates followed the same way. I decided never to 'torture' my children with sprouts. This recipe looks so delicious! I definitely will give it a try. My children are grown up now and love sprouts, thanks to grandma, but I can't still eat them so maybe there is hope for me :) Thank you for sharing!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I hope you enjoy them! I never ate a brussel sprout before last year (both my parents don't like them, so we never had them) and after a couple of different attempts, this one worked out the best. It is very sweet, so you can adjust it to your tastes. :-)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    If you get the right stuff, none of your ingredients look like "bad stuff" to me.

    I'm not a fan of Brussels sprouts but I'm willing to give this recipe a go.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I agree, it's only ONE strip of bacon and teaspoon of maple syrup that could be spread among as many as 4 people. Quality bacon, real maple syrup, maybe a little sriracha or diced onion... there's a lot you could do to make this suit your tastes. Good luck and I hope you like it!