Friday, October 12, 2012

Fabulous Friday Food - Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples

Well, hello, Fall!

And hello, Fab Friday Food!

You know things are bad around here when I haven't written a Fabulous Friday Food post since August. And the one before that was in June.

Just ask my family, that's about how long it's been since I've gotten anything close to creative in the kitchen.

It's sad, really.

Lately my argument has been that I'm still getting used to cooking for three since two of my girls are off at college. Or that it was too hot this summer. Or that I'm busy with teaching.

Yada, yada, yada.

Excuses, excuses, excuses. Lately I've become the Queen of Excuses when it comes to cooking meals.

And all of this is so strange for me because I love to cook. When I have time. When I have ideas. When I have motivation. When the stars are aligned and all's right with the world.

Not really. I DO love to cook. And I have no idea why I haven't been more motivated over these past few months. Let's just call it an anomaly and move on, shall we? I'm good with that.

Moving on . . .

Now it's Fall, and I'm heading toward having just a modicum of motivation. Cooler temps will do that for me.

But I'm starting out slowly--not overdoing it with the cooking thing. (Truly, what have we eaten over the past three months? I have no idea!)

A couple of weeks ago I decided that it really was cool enough to break out one of my favorite Fall/Winter recipes: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples. (My mouth is watering just typing this.)

Don't think you like brussels sprouts? Neither did my family until I tried this recipe. Now they eat those little babies like candy, and that's pretty much what they taste like.

Here we go.

Preheat the oven to 425 and gather your ingredients: brussels sprouts, bacon, and apple. Easy enough for you yet? (In the interest of full disclosure, you will also need salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.)

Cut three or four slices of bacon into pieces (about 1/2 inch) and place in the bottom of a baking dish.

Bake the bacon for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, trim the brussels sprouts, and cut in half if they seem a little large.

(Yikes! My thumb looks HUGE!)

Once the bacon has cooked a bit, it will look like this.

Add the cleaned and trimmed brussels sprouts to the bacon, and stir it up a bit.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake these together for about 15 more minutes. When finished they will look like this:

Now add the apples and bake about 10 minutes longer.

When finished, toss the whole thing with about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

I could make a meal out of these little yummies, but I served them with my delicious Herb Roasted Pork with New Potatoes.

What a perfect Fall meal!!!

Click here for a printable recipe page. And enjoy!

Now, tell me ('cause I really need to know) . . . would you like more recipes from me? Do you like Fabulous Friday Food? And one more thing . . . what do YOU like to cook in the fall?

Linking this post to Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Reading link up at Serenity Now. 



  1. That looks amazing, Shelly! Thanks for sharing it! I always love when bloggers share recipes since it's both a new recipe AND a recommendation. Much more reliable than a random Google search. So yes, I approve of recipe posts!

  2. I love your recipes! Keep them coming! I have many favorite dishes that have originated with you!

  3. I love your recipes, too. In fact, I am going to forego my "no bacon" policy for these sprouts. And now that I've sort of figured out Pinterest, I'm going to pin this recipe on my "recipes I want to try" board.

  4. Ok, here's me, classic "kid": I don't like brussel sprouts and I've never tried them. My mother-in-law will make them at Thanksgiving sometimes and just the smell of them in the bag is unattractive to me. BUT, I must admit that your presentation (pretty dish and all) and the bacon and apples and balsamic makes them slightly appealing. So I might just have to give it a try...later. Right now, I need to rescue the tub of ice cream in my 2 year old's hands (it's only 9:30am).

  5. Oh my mouth is watering. We love brussel sprouts! And bacon, who doesn't love bacon!