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Easy Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Recipe

Brown Sugar Is the Ingredient That Makes Perfect Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roast these brussels sprouts in bacon, which acts as the fat, while brown sugar — the secret ingredient! — gives everything a sweet finish. Once the sprouts are about halfway done cooking, sprinkle in the sweet shallots, and cook until soft. After everything is nicely roasted, the sprouts, bacon, and shallots are tossed with a handful of sweet dried figs, seasoned with more salt and pepper, and ready to be served.

Bacon and Brown Sugar Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Shallots and Dried Figs

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Easy Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Recipe


  1. 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved
    4 slices bacon, chopped
    1 teaspoon olive oil, if necessary
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 large shallot, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup chopped dried figs
    More salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Spread brussels sprouts on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with bacon. Roast for 10 minutes until bacon fat starts to render. Pull the pan out and toss brussels sprouts in bacon fat. Sprinkle with the salt. If not enough fat has rendered, add 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  3. Roast another 10 minutes. Pull pan out and add brown sugar and shallots. Roast another 10 minutes or until shallots are softened and sprouts are crisp on the outside. Pull pan out and toss with dried figs. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

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