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Bacon, Apples and Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts, apples and bacon side dish or one dish meal // Karista's Kitchen

I have to admit, roasted Brussels sprouts with a little olive oil, salt and pepper is simple perfection.  I make them often but on occasion I switch things up and make this lovely Bacon, Apple and Brussels Sprouts side.  It’s easy to prepare and combines three distinct flavors that pair exquisitely together.  The smokiness of the bacon combined with the sweet of the apple… honestly, I could eat these two ingredients all by themselves.  But toss in some Brussels sprouts and the recipe somehow tastes complete.

Of course I throw in some fresh garlic and sometimes add a splash of parmesan to the finished dish.  I think some shredded Irish cheddar would be tasty as well.

Not only does this make a great side dish or one dish meal, it’s a lovely side for all the holiday dinner celebrations.  It happily accompanies turkey, prime rib, whole roasted salmon and a honey glazed ham.  Now I’m hungry!

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Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!


Bacon, Apples and Brussel Sprouts

Serving Size: 4-6

Bacon, Apples and Brussel Sprouts


  • 6-8 ounces bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups thin sliced apples, whatever is local and in season (I use Oregon local Honey Crisp)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, cleaned, bottom ends trimmed but core intact and then halved through the core. I prefer the smaller to medium sprouts if you can find them.
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Squeeze of lemon


  • Fill a large pot with water and season the water generously with salt. Bring the water to a boil and add the Brussels sprouts. Turn the heat down to a simmer and let the sprouts cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the sprouts are tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Shake out the excess water and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add about 1 - 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot add the diced bacon and cook. When the bacon is crispy, remove it with a slotted spoon and add the Brussels sprouts.
  • Increase the heat to medium high allowing the Brussels to brown and crisp a bit. When the Brussels look golden brown, gently toss in the garlic and the apples.
  • Turn the heat back down to medium and let the apples cook until crisp tender. Once the apples are done, stir in the bacon and give it a squeeze of lemon.
  • Season to taste with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Serve warm.
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    November 14, 2014 at 2:59 am

    What gorgeous side dishes Karista! I do adore roasted brussels sprouts but I love the combination of flavours in your recipe – apple, bacon and garlicky brussels sprouts sounds like heaven! I hope that you have a wonderful festive season… stay warm! Much love xxx

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      November 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you Laura! Wishing you a very happy holiday season. xoxo

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    Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)m
    November 14, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Great round up of side dishes Karista! I am not even a big fan of brussel sprouts. However, I think with the sweet apples and bacon it might get me to try them again. Well most certainly I would want seconds of cauliflower mashers. Just shared! (By any chance is there a way to darken your comment section when we are writing it. Even with my readers, it is a challenge.) Thanks and take care, BAM

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      November 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Bam, My husband was never a fan of Brussels Sprouts until I made this dish. And now he likes sprouts and really likes Brussels Sprouts Gratin. 😉 Yes, I do agree the comment section text needs to be darker. I will work on that!! Thank you and wishing you a very happy holiday season!

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    November 22, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Brussel Sprouts are definitely for me! I love them roasted with all the additional yummy bits, these chunky bits of Apple & Bacon especially so 🙂

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      November 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks Alli! Yes I agree, I do love Brussels but especially when combined with other really yummy stuff. Hope you’re doing well and wishing you a lovely holiday season!

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    December 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I’m always on for brussels sprouts. I’m especially liking them sliced and fried, normally with bacon. But adding the apple is a new one for me and I like it. I’m also liking the sides here too- that roasted beet salad looks divine. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. x

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