Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

The Christmas countdown has officially begun! I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, but I’m one of those people who likes to skip right over Turkey Day and move onto the most wonderful time of the year! I proudly admit that my decorations have been up for a couple weeks already. December is my most favorite month!

Though I’m not sharing a Christmas recipe today per say, it is green and would make a great side dish to bring to your holiday party…

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions & Bacon – yum!

It’s no secret that I love brussels sprouts, but this has definitely become my new favorite way to make them. I often make brussels sprouts shredded and sautéed (as opposed to simply roasted). While it is time consuming, I almost always prefer shredded sprouts to whole or halved sprouts. This recipe came about while I was experimenting in the kitchen. I decided to add a little brown sugar to the brussels sprouts to see if they would end up with a sweet and salty caramelized flavor.

It worked! The caramelized onions and bacon add just the perfect additional amounts of sweetness and saltiness. If you think you don’t like brussels sprouts, this is one of those recipes that might change your mind! Feel free to add nuts or dried cranberries – I think they would add some good flavors to the dish as well.

I’m not going to lie, this isn’t the quickest recipe. Shredding brussels sprouts takes time and patience, but I find it worth it. I’ve also been told you can throw them in a food processor instead of shredding them by hand. I haven’t tried it yet, but if I do I’ll let you know if it works.

Again, if you don’t think you like brussels sprouts, try these! And if you do, well, you don’t need any convincing do you?

First, cook your bacon. Tear it into small pieces and set it aside. Then, dice an onion.

Use a little of the leftover bacon grease (or olive oil) to caramelize your onions. Add a teaspoon of brown sugar and cook them over medium low heat for about 20-25 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare your brussels sprouts! First, wash them, trim the ends off, and peel off the outer leaves.

Then, shred them! I cut mine in half first, and then slice as finely as I can.

Increase the heat on the onions to medium heat and add the shredded brussels sprouts and a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir everything around. Then add two tablespoons of brown sugar, a teaspoon of salt and the garlic powder. Continue stirring the sprouts around for about 5 minutes.

Then add the bacon bits and stir for another minute.

Enjoy!

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • About 15 large brussels sprouts
  • 1 onion, diced and caramelized
  • 5 slices of bacon (turkey bacon works great too)
  • 2 tbsp and 1 tsp of brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. First, cook your bacon. Tear it into small pieces and set it aside.
  2. Dice an onion.
  3. Use a little of the leftover bacon grease (or olive oil) to caramelize your onions. Add a teaspoon of brown sugar and cook them over medium low heat for about 20-25 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, prepare your brussels sprouts! First, wash them, trim the ends off, and peel off the outer leaves.
  5. Then, shred them! I cut mine in half first, and then slice as finely as I can.
  6. Increase the heat on the onions to medium heat and add the shredded brussels sprouts and a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir everything around. Then add the remaining two tablespoons of brown sugar, a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of garlic powder. Continue stirring the sprouts around for about 5 minutes.
  7. Then add the bacon bits and stir for another minute.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
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3 Responses to Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

  1. so i hadn’t had brussel sprouts in nearly two years but finally got some when I was home, man I just love them! this recipe looks amazing
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  2. I’ve missed you!! You already know that I LOVE Brussels sprouts, so I definitely have room in my heart for this recipe. I’ve never tried shaving sprouts, but I’m now inspired! Plus, caramelized onions are my favorite way to prepare onions. And bacon? It’s good on everything!
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  3. Nikki says:

    Wow Caroline… these look so delicious! I love reading about all the fabulous things you make!

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