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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries: A 30-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dish

Try these Brussels sprouts with bacon and cranberries, a great twist on a traditional vegetable your family will love! Are you looking for super quick Thanksgiving dinner side dish ideas? These cranberry bacon Brussels sprouts are perfect!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries - A 30-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dish

 

A Brussels sprouts recipe for Thanksgiving

Do you have your menu all set for Thanksgiving dinner yet? We do, but there are always last-minute additions that we end up throwing together! Whether you’ve burned the broccoli casserole or some unexpected guests arrive, it’s easy to throw together this Brussels sprouts side dish recipe!

Cranberry Brussels Sprouts with bacon - a Thanksgiving Side Dish

An easy Brussels sprouts side dish

We made these Brussels sprouts with cranberries and bacon with most of the ingredients already stocked in our pantry. Your guests will love the sweetness of dried cranberries and brown sugar mixed with salty bacon, full-flavored garlic, and onion. 30 minutes is all you need to whip up this delightful side dish!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries Recipe

Set your Holiday dinner menu off right! If you love Thanksgiving side dishes with bacon, this Brussels sprouts recipe is a good one to try.

Ingredients for this holiday cranberry side dish:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bacon
  • Dried cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Red onion
  • Brown sugar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar

Bacon frying in a cast iron skillet

Prep the bacon Brussels sprouts: 8-10 minutes

First, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the bacon strips until they’re nice and crispy.

While you’re waiting for the bacon to cook, rinse Brussels sprouts in warm, salted water in a large bowl, and let them sit for about 5 minutes. This gets rid of any potential critters! Rinse with cool water and allow to drain completely. Chop them up into quarters so that they cook faster.

Fresh Brussels sprouts in a bowl

Dice up your garlic and onion ingredients

Next, cut up your garlic and red onion. If you have time, pre-measure the rest of your ingredients so they are ready for the next step.

When your bacon strips are finished, drain them on a paper towel, let them cool, and crumble the bacon into pieces. DO NOT GET RID OF THE BACON GREASE, leave the pan right there on the stove!

Cook your Brussels sprouts side dish: 20 minutes

Re-heat the large bacon grease skillet to medium heat. Add the dried cranberries, garlic, red onion, brown sugar, and olive oil to the bacon grease in the pan. Saute the mixture until all ingredients are combined, then add the Brussels sprouts, bacon crumbles, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.

Mix well everything is completely combined and all sprouts are coated. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring once about halfway through.

Cranberry Bacon Brussels Sprouts Side Dish

Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Bacon & Dried Cranberries

This cranberry Brussels sprouts recipe with bacon is easy to make and the perfect vegetable side dish for your holiday meals.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 strips of bacon crispy
  • 1 lb. fresh Brussels sprouts about 4 cups
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/8 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • splash of balsamic vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry bacon strips until crispy.
  • Rinse Brussels sprouts in warm, salted water in a large bowl, and let them sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water and allow to drain completely. Chop them up into quarters so that they cook faster.
  • Chop up garlic and red onion. If you have time, pre-measure the rest of your ingredients so they are ready for the next step.
  • Drain bacon strips on a paper towel, let them cool, and crumble the bacon into pieces. DO NOT GET RID OF THE BACON GREASE. Leave it in the pan.
  • Re-heat the large bacon grease skillet to medium heat. Add garlic, red onion, cranberries, brown sugar, and olive oil to the bacon grease in the pan. Saute the mixture until all ingredients are combined, then add Brussels sprouts, bacon crumbles, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring once about halfway through.

Cranberry Bacon Brussels Sprouts Side Dish

We hope you all enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!

We really enjoyed this recipe for Brussels sprouts with bacon and cranberries. Finally, a flavorful vegetable side dish that my kids will try! I love the combination of sweet and salty, and these came out amazing! Also, try this caramel pumpkin cheesecake bites recipe, a really good Thanksgiving dessert!

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Quick Thanksgiving Side Dish- Cranberry Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

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