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Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, and tangy in every bite combating all the ‘I hate them’ people out there.

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts is a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, and tangy in every bite combating all the 'I hate them' people out there ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda
Post has been updated since it’s original publication date of September 23, 2014 with new photography, video, and amended recipe direction for clarity. Of course for grammar too because typos are always found later.

Yes, we’re back in Brussels sprouts season.

This is a happy time for me. I love those little things.

They are so full of flavor even when just quickly parboiled and topped with a bit of salt, pepper, and butter.

But we all know that butter makes everything better. While parboiling is nice, sautéing them and getting a nice sear on them is amazing and their flavor is all the more enhanced.

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts is a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, and tangy in every bite combating all the 'I hate them' people out there ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

How Do Brussels Sprouts Grow

These little cabbages grow on a stalk. I remember the first time I saw them in a store, I was confounded.

They have a really long growing season and do best when they get hit with some severe cold or frost…unlike me!

The little cabbages are easily plucked off their stalk and ready to be trimmed and cooked.

Once their off the stalk, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to play pretend sword fighting with it, so I suggest buying two stalks at once for such purpose.

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts is a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, and tangy in every bite combating all the 'I hate them' people out there ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

Since it’s fall, cranberries scream to be used as well and I just couldn’t help myself once I got started, so I tossed in some blue cheese and bacon.  Start to finish, this was one fast dish, and one that will leave your palate happy.

Cooking the onion with the bacon lends to an exquisite flavor. You can chop the cranberries up or leave them whole. It really comes down to personal taste, that way. I make it both ways, it just depends how lazy I am!

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are sincerely one of the best dishes to convince someone to try these little veggies again, particularly for all those who say they hate them!

I have personally converted a dozen people to them with this recipe, you can too!

What to serve with Brussels Sprouts

Pretty much any protein will work. Here’s some ideas:

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

Course: Side dish/Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, blue cheese, Christmas, cranberry, Easy Recipe, Gluten Free, Gorgonzola Cheese, side dish, Vegetables
Servings: 6
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, and tangy in every bite combating all the 'I hate them' people out there.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon; chopped
  • 1 cup small onion; thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts; shredded
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil (if needed)
  • 1 tsp sugar; +/- to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Salt; +/- to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper; +/- to taste
  • 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries; roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Water; +/- to need
  • 1/3 cup bleu cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, over medium-high heat, cook the bacon; 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add onions, sauté the onions with the bacon for 4 minutes over medium-high heat, or until bacon is cooked and onions softened.

  3. Add the Brussels sprouts; cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  4. Add olive oil, if needed.
  5. Add the sugar, salt, and pepper, and the cranberries. Mix well.

  6. Add water, bringing up the fond or stuck on bits at the bottom of the pan.
  7. Remove from heat. 

  8. Add the blue cheese. Serve and enjoy.

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts is a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, and tangy in every bite combating all the 'I hate them' people out there ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Bacon Bleu Cranberry Brussels Sprouts is a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, and tangy in every bite combating all the 'I hate them' people out there ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    September 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I love roasting brussels sprouts with bacon. The cranberries and blue cheese are such great additions!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you Erin…I agree, roasted brussels are simply delicious.

  • Reply
    April @ My Real Food Family
    September 24, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I’m not a fan of brussels sprouts but these look like they would really be good. Guess I’ll give them another chance!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

      I am on a mission to bring the love of Brussels sprouts to the masses. They are so wonderful but so many people hate them because they have been prepared incorrectly…boiled to death and left limp and flavorless. Give them another shot…you might be surprised. Or still hate them, as we all have things we dislike in life, which is ok too. 🙂

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    September 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Why do I want this at 8am? looks delish!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Oh FH, I ate them at 8 am, finishing off the tiny bit that was left over, straight cold from the fridge. Absolutely no judgement on your wants!

  • Reply
    lizzy
    September 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    This looks amazing – I will def make this for company!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you Lizzy. It’s quick and easy and oh so delicious.

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    September 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    You had me at brussels sprouts. Love this recipe (minus the bacon).

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      You might the first person I have ever heard say “minus the bacon”. 😉
      Minus the bacon, I know you will love it.

  • Reply
    janelle
    September 25, 2014 at 8:05 am

    looks delicious

  • Reply
    Brandy
    September 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I cannot imagine this could be any better but I would put a few roasted slivered almonds in there with the blue cheese…..Yum!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      I’m with you on the addition of roasted silvered almonds. Let me know how it is.

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy
    October 1, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Bacon and brussels sprouts are the best combo!! I never thought about adding cranberry but it’s perfect for fall.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you Michelle, I happen to agree with you!

  • Reply
    Darla
    December 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    This is one of the best things that I have ever tasted! It’s going on the Christmas Dinner table!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 8, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Excellent, thank you.

  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    August 12, 2015 at 1:30 am

    what a great way to use brussels sprouts! I am loving the idea of salty bacon and sweet cranberries!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks Des, it’s a tasty combo.

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    August 12, 2015 at 5:07 am

    There’s nothing not to love about brussels sprouts! One of the best veggies ever!

  • Reply
    Marye
    August 12, 2015 at 6:23 am

    This looks awesome! I definitely want to try this.

  • Reply
    Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
    August 12, 2015 at 6:29 am

    I love Brussels sprouts so much, I’m a year-round eater. You paired the flavors perfectly here with the bacon, blue cheese, and cranberries. I could eat this for lunch every day and be a happy girl!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      I eat them all year long too. I had a friend ask me once if I ever ate any other vegetables.

  • Reply
    Ali @ Home & Plate
    August 12, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I am always looking for new ways to make brussel sprouts and think the addition of blue cheese is a great one. Pinning!

  • Reply
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic
    August 12, 2015 at 9:47 am

    You really can’t go wrong with shredded brussels sprouts and bacon. I love how fast this dish comes together.

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  • Reply
    Allie
    November 16, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    How many people will these measurements serve? I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving for 17 and these are a MUST!

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      November 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      First off, first time hosting and 17 guests…brave! Good luck to you! This serves at least 6 as a decent portioned side. So doubling it would give you 12 and you’ll inevitably have those who don’t like Brussel sprouts or people take smaller portions.

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