Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

5 from 13 votes

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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon is a veggie-packed side dish that is easy, delicious, and takes no time to whip up. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Today, I’m featuring an easy and delicious side dish that takes no time at all to whip up that will mesh swimmingly with the other items you’re serving at your Thanksgiving meal. Brussel Sprouts with Bacon is colorful, warm, and inviting. Brussel Sprouts with bacon and other ingredients on a plate

Main Ingredients Needed

First things first. A grocery list. Here’s what you’re going to need for Brussel Sprouts with Bacon:

  • Brussel Sprouts and Asparagus – surprise! This side dish has more than just Brussel sprouts in it, it’s also got asparagus. So good!
  • Bacon – and of course, it has bacon! You could also use pancetta for an Italian twist.
  • Onion – I just used a yellow onion for this recipe. Cooking it in the bacon fat gets rid of its sharp flavor.
  • Almonds – these are toasted and create crunchy bites!
  • Pomegranate Arils – these are pomegranate seeds and when you bite into them you get a wonderful pop of sweet-tart flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper – season as you go but remember that the bacon already adds a lot of saltiness.

Variations to Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

  • Fruit: instead of pomegranate, consider adding another fruit to this dish. Dried apricot or cranberries would be perfect!
  • Dressing: you could make a balsamic glaze that would be perfect with this Brussel sprouts dish.
  • Cold: this is the kind of recipe where the leftovers call my name from the fridge. I serve this side dish warm, but it is equally just as good, cold.

Brussels Sprouts Salad on a plate

How to Make Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

It doesn’t take much to make this Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, just a bit of sauteing and time! For full details, see the recipe card down below:

  1. Start out by prepping the veggies. Wash the Brussel sprouts and the asparagus. Slice the Brussel sprouts like you want to shred it. And chop the asparagus pretty small. You’ll also want to chop up some onion and crack open that pomegranate and pop out 1 cup of the arils.
  2. Now to cook this, you’re going to need a deep skillet and some sort of utensil to stir and toss. So, start out by rendering the fat out of the bacon in your pan.
  3. Oh, and start toasting some almonds.
  4. So once your bacon is looking toasty, take it out to drain and place the pan with the remaining grease back on the heat. Toss in the onions and saute.
  5. Check your almonds! Don’t let them burn! Take them off the heat once they are golden.
  6. Pour in the Brussel sprouts, asparagus, salt, and pepper. Saute until veggies are wilted and bright green. Remove from the heat and add in the cooked bacon, almonds, and pomegranate arils.
  7. Toss it all together and taste to see if you need to adjust seasonings. Serve warm.

brussel sprouts with bacon in a pan

My Thanksgiving Spread

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon is salty from the bacon, sweet from the pomegranate, crunchy and buttery from the almonds, and healthy because of all those greens! Well, semi-healthy. {Let’s just forget about that bacon grease we used 🙂 }

Did I mention it looks pretty on a Thanksgiving plate? Very colorful and festive! Here’s what else is part of my Thanksgiving spread:

Plate full of Thanksgiving food

More Brussel Sprout Recipes to Try!

Consider making this side dish this year for Thanksgiving! And if you do, let me know how it went in the comment below.

The prinable recipe card is down below 🙂

5 from 13 votes

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon is a veggie-packed side dish that is easy, delicious, and takes no time to whip up. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bacon sliced
  • 1 cup onion
  • 2 lbs brussels sprouts
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute bacon until crispy, 6 minutes.
    cooking bacon
  • While the bacon is cooking, wash asparagus and brussels sprouts.
    washing asparagus
  • Snap off the ends of the asparagus and chop into small pieces. Remove the outer leaves of the brussels sprouts and slice into small pieces as if to shred them.
    chopped asparagus
  • Remove bacon, leaving up to 1/4 cup grease. {If there’s any more then that, then drain it off.}
    cooking bacon
  • Stir in onion and saute about 5 minutes. Pour in prepared asparagus, brussels sprouts, salt and pepper. Saute until bright green in color and wilted, another 5 minutes.
    cooking brussel sprouts, asparagus and onions
  • Pour almonds into a clean dry pan and roast on the stove top until fragrant.
    toasting almonds
  • Remove from heat and stir in cooked bacon, pomegranate arils and toasted almonds. Toss and serve warm.
    adding other ingredients

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 981mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1721IU | Vitamin C: 137mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brussel sprouts with bacon
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51 Responses
  1. Laurie @SimplyScratch

    *siiiigh* what have you done to me?! I love every single ingredient in this salad {especially the bacon}! Great recipe Lauren!!!

  2. Living The Sweet Life

    DELICIOUS!! I recently tried brussel sprouts sauted like this with bacon and it was fantastic … the addition of asparagus and pomegranate sounds wonderful.

  3. Sabrina

    5 stars
    Omg Lauren! I love this especially warm! My husband hates brussells and I made them once with pecan crusted chicken and he had seconds! Haha too funny! I will have to try it with pomegranate!

  4. Joanne

    haha I think brussels sprouts actually call my name more than most other veggies do….I love this mini cabbage balls! And I love this salad! Too bad asparagus over here is so blah….maybe I’ll just have to double the brussels!

  5. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    This looks great b/c I love warm salads in the winter..roasted veggies on top of a salad. Love Brussels & asparagus, too. YUM!

  6. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    I never had Brussels sprouts until about a year ago and I do love them. But they have to be cooked right, or they’re blah. This recipe looks amazing!

  7. Sheila Kelley

    My sister and I have been looking for a lovely, and mostly healthy sidedish to counterbalance the loaded mashed potatoes, dressing, and desserts on Thanksgiving. This will fit the bill perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. kathy

    How far ahead do you think you could make this salad and not loose the texture and freshness? Seems like if everything is prepped the day before T-Day it would say having all that last minute chopping…still not sure if it would be the same?

  9. Quirky Chrissy

    5 stars
    Hey! I’ve made modifications of your salad so many times, that I wanted to blog about it today. If you don’t mind, I’d like to link back to you, because it was a fantastic recipe. Thank you!

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  12. Mai

    5 stars
    I left out fruit and nuts and sprinkled red pepper flakes, tossed with pasta and YUM! I can add fruit and nuts as garnish for salad side

  13. Kırmadan Su Kaçağı Tespiti

    I never had Brussels sprouts until about a year ago and I do love them. But they have to be cooked right, or they’re blah. This recipe looks amazing!

  14. Liddy Dover

    Oh my…this looks utterly delicious! My family loves asparagus and bacon, so I’m thinking this would be an excellent way to introduce brussel sprouts to them!

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