Bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts, topped off with a little maple syrup and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper! These make the perfect holiday appetizer or side dish.
Well, that’s it. It’s game over for me. I’m clearly a very old person.
You see, I served Brussels sprouts as an appetizer to guests and I was excited about it.
Up until about 10 minutes ago, Brussels sprouts were a thing that my grandma served at dinner and my mom made me choke down with her deathly mom glare.
Now, suddenly, I’m the woman serving children Brussels sprouts.
The funny thing is, these were actually DELICIOUS. Probably thanks to the fact that I did not boil the Brussels sprouts (seriously, grandma, how could you?) and also I wrapped these guys in bacon.
Bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts. Even my kids ate them.
How to make roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon:
To start, trim the ends off of your sprouts and peel off the outer layers.
Don’t get too carried away peeling away the outer leaves – just peel off what comes easily.
Next, cut some bacon in half and use one half piece of bacon to wrap those little suckers up.
One half piece of bacon per Brussels sprout, unless your sprouts are tiny and then you can use a little less. Don’t skimp on the bacon.
Next, grab some real maple syrup and brush it over all of your bacon wrapped sprouts.
Sprinkle on just a hint of cayenne pepper. I love the sweet and spicy vibe going on here.
Pop these into a hot oven and let the Brussels sprouts soften up a bit and the bacon get crisp.
These make a great appetizer, especially during the holiday season. Pop a toothpick in each sprout and let your guests discover how much they love a properly cooked Brussels sprout. I bet that even the sprout haters will convert over into sprout lovers by the time you’re through with them.
More appetizers you will love:
Veggie Pizza: This cold pizza appetizer is a must at all parties and get-togethers in my house!
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball: All of my favorite flavors rolled up in one cheese ball!
Baked Pimento Cheese Dip: Warm, gooey, and just waiting for your cracker.
Mexican Cheese Dip: 3 ingredients and no Velveeta!
Marinated Cheese & Olives: Nothing makes me feel more fancy than this little snack and it’s ALWAYS the hit of the party.
Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
- 16 Brussels sprouts
- 8 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rimmed sheet pan with non-stick spray.
- Trim the ends off the Brussels sprouts and remove the outer leaves.
- Cut the bacon slices in half.
- Wrap one half slice of bacon around each Brussels sprout and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Brush the tops with maple syrup and sprinkle with cayenne pepper, to taste.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until sprouts are tender and bacon is crisp.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.