Holiday Side Dish Recipe. Candied Pecans, bacon and brussel sprouts ohsweetbasil.com

Stop. Don’t you dare click away from this post. Brussel Sprouts are not what you think and this comes from one who used to be the pickiest eater ever, so you can totally trust me! Ok, that’s not true, I’ve never had a delicious steamed or boiled brussel sprout, but that’s like boiling romain lettuce, it’s just wrong. I wanted to do at least one recipe that pushed you a little more and would help you discover a new food to love and this is it. This recipe for candied pecan bacon brussel sprouts is delicious and even our 4 year old ate them. Does that tell you anything?

Side Dish recipe, candied pecans bacon brussel sprouts ohsweetbasil.com

Well, yes that’s true that it tells you that she is the coolest, our kids are in fact the best (I’m sure your’s are pretty wonderful as well), but it also means that these do not taste like bitter cabbage. The key to brussel sprouts is actually in the cooking method. It’s not about a secret seasoning or sauce, though seasoning is huge as well. No, it’s about roasting or sauteing. I think it’s the only way to go so that you can cook out the bitter and instead bring in a warm, delicious flavor that’s perfect for the holidays.

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In fact, I even asked what holiday recipe you all wanted to see and while I assumed it would be pie or cookies it was actually a call for side dishes. That tells me that I’m not alone in being asked to dinner and told to bring a side then hanging up the phone and stressing my brains out about what in the heck to bring. Dessert is always the easiest and we’re always assigned side dish. Are our friends messing with us?

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The best thing to do with brussel sprouts after roasting is to do a little play with salty, sweet and juicy. It just works so well with the brussel sprouts. We chose to make candied pecans for a little crunchy and sweet and then juicy craisins for the pop, but instead of just salt on the brussels and a little butter (which is also wonderful) we added bacon. There’s no real reason other than bacon makes the world go round. How in the heck did I hate the stuff growing up?! What a stitch in my mother’s side I must have been!

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Candied Pecan Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Candied Pecan Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Candied pecans, salty bacon and juicy craisins make this side dish wonderful. Make sure you make the pecans ahead of time so they can dry out!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brussel sprouts with the ends trimmed off and sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon Johnny's Garlic Spread or other garlic seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • 3 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/3-1/2 cup craisins
  • candied pecans
  • 3 cups pecans
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

    For the candied nuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water until foamy. Stir into the pecans in a large bowl. Stir in the sugars and seasoning and spread out over the cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 25-27 minutes then allow to cool on the counter all day.
  4. For the brussel sprouts
  5. Heat a saute pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil and butter. Add the brussel sprouts and stir to coat in the oil mixture. Allow to cook for 5-10 minutes or until tender and golden on the cut side. Add the garlic seasoning (not garlic salt) and a little salt and cook for an additional minute. Remove to a dish and toss with craisins, bacon and chopped, candied pecans.
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Candied Pecan Bacon Brussel Sprouts
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Recipe type: Side
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Candied pecans, salty bacon and juicy craisins make this side dish wonderful. Make sure you make the pecans ahead of time so they can dry out!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts with the ends trimmed off and sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon Johnny's Garlic Spread or other garlic seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • 3 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ⅓-1/2 cup craisins
candied pecans
  • 3 cups pecans
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
Instructions
For the candied nuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water until foamy. Stir into the pecans in a large bowl. Stir in the sugars and seasoning and spread out over the cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 25-27 minutes then allow to cool on the counter all day.
For the brussel sprouts
  1. Heat a saute pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil and butter. Add the brussel sprouts and stir to coat in the oil mixture. Allow to cook for 5-10 minutes or until tender and golden on the cut side. Add the garlic seasoning (not garlic salt) and a little salt and cook for an additional minute. Remove to a dish and toss with craisins, bacon and chopped, candied pecans.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup

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