Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts

by KetoFocus.com

Make everyone a fan of brussel sprouts by wrapping them in bacon and add a hint of sweetness

Wrapping bacon around a brussel sprout and coating it with maple syrup will turn the pickiest of eaters into a huge fan of these bacon wrapped brussels sprouts.

Not everyone is a fan of brussels sprouts. They can be bitter, but to offset that, we wrap them in bacon. Bacon makes just about anything taste better, like bacon wrapped cod – it makes it taste like lobster. Or get any kid to eat their vegetables when you make bacon and green beans.

bacon wrapped brussels sprouts it in a serving tray with a bowl of ranch dressing in the center and topped with crumbled feta cheese

Bacon wrapped brussels sprouts make a crowd pleasing appetizer – you will be amazed how fast these disappear at holiday parties or game day. They are a bite sized explosion of flavor! As the crispy bacon bakes, it infused the roasted brussels sprouts with flavor. The maple syrup caramelizes and adds sweetness to balance out the salty bacon. With only 3 ingredients needed, you can make these in less than 30 minutes!

 

How to make bacon wrapped brussel sprouts

  1. Wash and trim the brussels sprouts.
  2. Toss brussels sprouts in salt, pepper and oil.
  3. Cut each strip of bacon in half.
  4. Brush maple syrup on one side of each half strip of bacon.
  5. Wrap bacon around each brussels sprout place on a baking sheet or in the air fryer basket.
  6. Brush a dab of maple syrup on the top of each bacon wrapped brussels sprout.
  7. Bake or air fry.

ingredients on a cutting board including bacon, fresh brussels sprouts and a bottle of maple syrup

Key ingredients

  • Brussels sprouts – I usually grab the bag of pre-washed and trimmed brussels sprouts. Make sure the ends of your brussels sprouts are cut and any unsightly leaves at torn off. Give a one more good wash before cooking and let them dry.
  • Bacon – You can use regular, center cut or thick cut bacon. Isn’t not necessary to par-cook the bacon. It will cook all the way through as it bakes and your be left with crispy bacon.
  • Maple syrup – Adds a hint of sweetness to balance the salt bacon and will caramelize as it bakes. Sugar free maple syrup can be used. You can also substitute a brown sugar substitute for the maple syrup.

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Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts Ingredients

  • 28 brussels sprouts, washed & trimmed
  • 14 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts Directions

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How to pick brussels sprouts

I find it easier to use fresh brussels sprouts in a bag. These come pre-washed and pre-trimmed. But if you purchase them in bulk, look for ones that have tightly packed bright green leaves. Avoid brussels with yellow leaves.

Try to get them all the same size. This will ensure they are baked evenly. Smaller brussels sprouts are generally sweeter.

Frozen brussels sprouts can be used. Just make sure you thaw them completely and press any excess moisture out of them.

Dipping sauces & toppings

These bacon wrapped brussels sprouts are delicious on their own, but they are even better when you dip them in a sauce. Here are some options for dipping sauce or toppings.

  • Ranch dressing – my favorite
  • Blue cheese dressing
  • Sriracha mayo
  • Lemon Dijon mustard dip
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Parsley
  • Crumbled cream cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Honey
5 cooked bacon brussels sprouts on a table topped with feta cheese and parsley

Storage information

This brussels sprouts appetizer is best served right away; however, you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or air fryer for half the baking time.

You can make bacon wrapped brussel sprouts ahead of time. Prep them just until baking then store in the refrigerator until ready to bake or air fry.

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts: FAQS

What type of bacon do you use?

You can use any thickness of bacon - thin cut, thick cut bacon or center cut bacon. You could also use turkey bacon.

Do you cut the brussel sprouts in half or leave them whole?

You can cut them in half or leave them whole. I prefer them whole as it's easier to make (one less step) and they are easier to turn when baking.

When do you insert the toothpick?

If you are serving these as an appetizer, it's easier to insert the toothpick in the brussel sprouts after baking. It will slide right in. It's not necessary to use the toothpick to hold them together while baking. Place them seam side down and they will hold together.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts

Servings: 28

Amount Per Serving
Calories 36
Fat 2g
Protein 2.3g
Total Carbs 3.9g
Net Carbs 1.1g

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