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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup

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Oh just the tastiest way to eat sprouts! Sautéed with garlic, herbs, bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup – perfect Christmas Dinner side dish.

Deliciously sweet – our tasty herby sprouts with bacon makes the perfect side dish for any dinner. Our Brussel sprout recipe is really easy to prepare and cook, making them a great side dish for Christmas Dinner or Thanksgiving Dinner.

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon Ingredients

  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 25g Butter
  • 1 Clove Garlic – peeled and finely chopped
  • 6 Slices Smoked Bacon – fat removed and chopped into squares
  • 600g Brussel Sprouts – washed, peeled and chopped into quarters
  • 1 tbs Chopped Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 100 ml White Wine (or just use water if you prefer to cook without alcohol)
  • 1 tbs Maple Syrup
blue and white flower patterned bowl filled with homemade brussel sprouts with bacon and maple syrup - bowl stood on a white wooden table.

How to cook Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup to go with Christmas Dinner

It’s super simple to make this tasty fried sprouts with bacon recipe – first – peel the outer layer from the sprouts and leave them to soak for about 30 minutes in a bowl of salted water – then rinse them clean in a colander.

Next roughly chop and shred the sprouts – you don’t need to be neat here – chopping the sprouts into at least quarters just means they’ll cook a whole lot faster.

Next up – take a large skillet style pan – add a splash of olive oil and knob of butter – we want both for that luxurious, rich taste – then fry your chopped bacon gently. Next add a clove of chopped garlic and the shredded spouts and herbs – gently stir fry them for a couple of minutes.

Next I pour over about 100ml of white wine or water (you can choose whichever) pop the lid on the pan and just braise gently over a low heat for around 5-8 minutes or until the sprouts are tender.

Then turn the heat high – drizzle over the maple syrup and briskly stir fry so the sprouts go all sticky and delicious. Test the seasoning and add salt and black pepper as required. Tip into a serving bowl and eat.

blue and white flower patterned bowl filled with homemade brussel sprouts with bacon and maple syrup - bowl stood on a white wooden table.

More Christmas Dinner Side Dish Ideas

blue and white flowery bowl with orange rim, filled with homemade garlic and herb mashed potatoes, sprinkled with chopped parsley - bowl stood on a white wooden table top

Christmas Dinner needs quite a few mores side dishes to go alongside your sprouts with bacon– try 

  • Crisp roast potatoes 
  • Steamed green beans with lemon and butter glaze
blue and white flowery patterned bowl filled with homemade braised red cabbage with apples and onions, sprinkling of grated nutmeg over the top. Bowl stood on white wooden table.
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Buttered peas
  • Honey and thyme carrots 
  • Carrot and swede mash

How to use up leftover sprouts….

wooden bowl filled with sprout and bacon spaghetti sprinkled with red chilli flakes - stainless steel pot of red chilli flakes in the background

Sprouts are a delicious little veggie – try using them up in any of the following

  • Bubble and squeak with fried eggs – total comfort food, fry up potatoes, cabbage and leftover sprouts and top with a lovely fried egg, maybe a little hot sauce – great for a quick and easy vegetarian dinner idea.
bubble and squeak served topped with fried eggs. Two blue and white bowls filled with bubble and squeak with eggs on a wooden board. Small pot of rosemary stood at the side.


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Yield: Serves 6

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup

A super tasty side dish that's perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving Dinner

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 tbs olive oi 
  • 25g butter 
  • 1 clove garlic - finely chopped 
  • 6 slices smoked bacon - fat removed 
  • 600g Brussel sprouts - roughly chopped and shreded
  • 1 tbs thyme leaves - chopped 
  • 100ml white wine 
  • 1 tbs maple syrup


  1. Add the butter and olive oil to a large frying pan or skillet

  2. Gently fry the bacon bits for around 5 minutes – then add the garlic, shredded sprouts and thyme leaves – gently fry for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pour in the wine (or water) and then gently braise with the lid on over a low heat for around 5-8 minutes or until the sprouts are softened. Just keep an eye on the sprouts you may need to add a little more liquid if they start to dry out.
  4. Remove the lid, turn up the heat, drizzle over the maple syrup and fry briskly to burn off any excess liquid and allow the sprouts to pick up a sweet caramelised taste.
  5. Taste the sprouts and season with salt and black pepper as required. Tip into a serving dish to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 253mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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