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    IMAGINE… THIS COMING HOLIDAY SEASON… making a stunning platter of crispy  roasted brussels sprouts with sweet caramelized onions, apples, sprinkled with holiday favorites like candied pecans and cranberries… some salty goat cheese, and oh yes… Bacon… Don’t forget the bacon!! I could imagine that tastes out of this world… I decided why to wait until November when I can make it now… RIGHT NOW!!

    fruity nutty crispy brussels sprouts on a white plate

    Brussels Sprouts: The vegetable that is fiercely loved or hated. That’s the fate of this mini cabbage like goodie. This can divide a nation, a family, a dinner table at the holidays, debating whether brussels sprouts are tasty or a poor excuse for food.

    close up of fruity nutty crispy brussels sprouts

    Surprisingly it could be your genes that determine your feelings about these green beauties. Yeah, they are absolutely delicious little munchers for me. Lucky me!

    fresh brussels sprouts in a white bowl

    But yes, there is a “Brussels Sprout Gene” in some people that makes this vegetable, along with some others in cabbage family, bitter to taste. Alas, they wouldn’t understand the mmm’s and aahs I do after every bite. Well I think we can’t do much if it’s in your genes to convert you to love this particular veggie. But if you’re on the border of love and hate, this is for you.

    ingredients for fruity nutty crispy brussels sprouts

    Just imagine adding those notes of sweetness that comes from caramelizing your onions and apples, add some dried cranberries… top it with the saltiness of goat cheese and of course bacon… everything tastes good with bacon right? Wait… did I add Pecans? Not just plain pecans, candied ones! BONUS POINTS! GOD I love pecans!

    candied pecans on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

    Here is how easy these crispy brussels sprouts are…

    halved brussels sprouts along with chopped onions and apples on a baking tray

    Just halve these midgets into two and spread them on a baking sheet along with big squares of onions and apple. Drizzle them and toss them nicely in olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Arrange the Brussels a bit apart and face down so they can roast nicely. Add a few sprigs of thyme if you have any.

    halved brussels sprouts along with chopped onions and apples on a baking tray

    Roast them at 400 degrees for about 35-40 minutes. Give them a shake a few times after the first 20 minutes so they roast all around. Keep an eye on them after the 30 minute mark so they don’t get burned. You want them a nice crispy brown with slight char marks, but not too burned.

    close up of fruity nutty crispy brussels sprouts

    Meanwhile, candy your pecans by mixing them with some butter and brown sugar. It only takes 4-5 minutes to caramelize the sugar. Plain pecans are so yummy on their own, and candies pecan… mmm… they are irresistible!! I bet you can’t help yourself and keep popping them in your mouth. Don’t be surprised if only a few remain for the Brussels!

    pecans coated in butter and brown sugar, ready to be carmelized

    Then go ahead and fry those bacon strips and crumble them, so they are ready to go over the platter when it comes out of the oven.

    several strips of cooked bacon on a white plate

    And that’s it… garnish your platter with crumbled bacon, candied pecans, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and a few more sprigs of fresh thyme… isn’t it looking pretty?

    fruity nutty crispy brussels sprouts on a white plate

    It tastes out of this world when that beautifully caramelized sweetness of veggies and pecans are complimented by the saltiness of bacon and goat cheese. Every bite is going to be a tad bit different depending on what’s on your fork! Divine!

    side view of fruity nutty crispy brussels sprouts on a white plate

    Do a trial run on this recipe before the holiday season hits you. That way you have one side dish perfected by the time November is upon us. Just imagine presenting this stunning platter along with the holiday usuals. Your friends are relatives are gonna be mighty impressed!

    Next time you see those brussels sprouts, ADD THEM TO YOUR CART!!

    Fruity Nutty Crispy Brussels Sprouts, on my Gypsy Plate… Enjoy!

    Looking for more side dishes?
    Squash Casserole
    Tostones (Fried Plantains)
    Baked Sweet Potato Fries
    Mango Salsa
    Rainbow Pasta Salad

    close up of fruity nutty crispy brussels sprouts

    Fruity Nutty Crispy Brussels Sprouts

    Yield: 6 servings

    A treat for all seasons, this dish will look especially impressive on your holiday spread. Get ready for many compliments from your friends and relatives!

    Ingredients

    • 1.5 lbs Brussels sprouts, halved
    • 1 onion, largly squared
    • 1 apple, largly squared
    • 3-4 bacon strips, fried and crumbled
    • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
    • 2 Tbsp crumbled goat cheese
    • ½ cup candied pecans, or plain if in a pinch
    • 1.5 Tbsp olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
    • Sea salt to taste
    • Roughly crushed pepper to taste
    • 3-4 sprigs of thyme

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F
    2. Cut brussels in half, dice apples and onions into cubes. Spread all vegetables on greased, parchment paper lined, baking dish.
    3. Mix together olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Drizzle over vegetables, making sure they are nicely coated.
    4. Arrange the brussels sprouts onto the cut side down, so they roast nicely. Add a few fresh thyme sprigs.
    5. Bake 35-40 minutes, tossing occasionally after the first 20 minutes.
    6. After cooking, add crumbled bacon, goat cheese, dried cranberries, candies pecans and a few extra sprigs of thyme.

    Notes

    Great holiday dish!

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 6 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 207Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 10mgSodium 296mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 5gSugar 14gProtein 7g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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