Roasted brussel sprouts with caramelized onions, bacon and apples

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 Did you know that in a 2008 a study showed that brussel sprouts are the most hated vegetable in the United States? It’s no surprise really. Did you eat brussel sprouts as a kid? Or, did you push them around your plate rearranging them to make it seem as though you had attempted to eat them? Hey, I understand I’ve been there, back then brussel sprouts were mostly just thrown in a pot of boiling water and forgotten about until they became over cooked and began to stink up the place. Then, they were spooned out on the plate in a mushy mess and I was expected to eat it! Well, that didn’t happen. But times have changed thanks to the Food Network and some creative chefs brussel sprouts are starting to make their way into more grocery stores and on more resturant menus. But,  It wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s that I experienced just how great brussel sprouts can be (not to mention crazy good for you) when cooked properly. So, forget everything you remember about brussel sprouts as a kid (unless of course someone in your family actually knew how to cook them, then by all means keep that family tradition going) and follow this recipe for a truly amazing side dish that you and your kids will love. No boiling here, we are gonna crisp up some bacon to bring out the salty, caramelize some onions to bring out some sweet and roast some granny smith apples to bring out some tartness and mix it all together with the sprouts, a little salt and pepper, and roast for about 20 mins. So simple and so tasty!

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with caramelized onions, apples and bacon

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs fresh brussel sprouts washed and trimmed
  • 6-8 strips of bacon cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1 onion julienned (cut into strips)
  • 2 granny smith apples peeled and cut into medium size cubes
  • 3-4 Tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large oven safe sautee pan or cast iron skillet cook bacon until almost crisp about 5-6 mins. Add in onions and continue to cook for about 3-4 mins. until onions begin to soften up add in apples; sprouts; and olive oil. stir until sprouts are coated well, salt and pepper to taste and place in the oven. roast at 375 degrees for 18-20 mins. until sprouts are tender and bacon is crisp.

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