Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

This year for our Thanksgiving dinner I decided to try something new…something green to help lighten the load next to the mac-n-cheese, pumpkin cake, stuffing, etc…something like – Brussels sprouts! I know what you’re thinking – “Brussels sprouts??!!” Well, don’t hate on these little guys until you’ve given them a real chance and eaten FRESH ones sauteed in bacon drippings {& a little butter}. Plus, they are very good for you with antioxidants.

One of the things I’ve learned from my Chopped obsession is that Brussels sprouts pair well with bacon. As I was eating these I thought of a couple of other things that would be nice to add next time, like a little drizzle of honey, and chopped pecans or walnuts. I’ll definitely make these again and try those additions. Here’s the recipe:

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 5 slices Center Cut bacon
  • 1 TBsp butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon EACH salt, pepper, nutmeg

Wash Brussels sprouts and remove loose leaves. Cut off stem ends, and slice in half lengthwise.

Cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and reserve drippings; add butter to drippings and let melt. Add Brussels sprouts and toss in pan to coat. Cook over medium, and cover with lid for a couple of minutes to help steam Brussels sprouts.

Remove lid and continue cooking for about 15 minutes, STIRRING OFTEN, until tender and golden.

Spoon Brussels sprouts into a serving dish, and sprinkle with crushed bacon.

TIP: As I stated above, you can also add chopped pecans or walnuts to the saute, and I think a little drizzle of honey would be delicious too.

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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Amber Johnson says:

    I make these all the time and everyone loves them. I boil mine first for only about 5 minutes to soften them up and I use proscutto instead of bacon. Last of all I brown them in olive oil instead of butter to make them a little healthier and still tastes great. Love the idea of drizzling honey on them, yum!

  2. Well now that you added bacon….

  3. My husband loves brussel sprouts and my kids love bacon. I am thinking this is a dish the entire family can enjoy! It looks so delicious. I think I will try it this week!


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