Looking for the perfect party food or Holiday appetizer? This Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Recipe has got you covered and might even convert those Brussels Sprout haters into lovers! We’re not just talkin’ plain ol’ Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts, either! They’re Mustard Sriracha glazed Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts and, they’re highly addicting! 😉
Let’s be real. Is there anything that bacon doesn’t make better? From meatloaf to salads and everything in between, bacon is king when it comes to adding delicious-ness to just about anything it touches. Am I right?! Bacon is probably one of the only ingredients out there that can easily convince a kid to eat a vegetable. And these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts are living proof of exactly that. I mean, everybody lovvvves bacon! And, if you wrap the Brussels Sprouts tight enough, no one will even be able to tell (or care!) what’s underneath that crispy Mustard Sriracha glazed bacon! They’re fun to make and eat, incredibly satisfying and oh, so delicious!
It’s no secret that Bacon and Brussels Sprouts are like a match made in Heaven. They provide each other with the absolute perfect balance and don’t need much else to take ’em over the top. It’s no wonder this isn’t my first Bacon and Brussels Sprout Recipe on the blog. Have you tried my Brussels Sprouts baked with Bacon and Maple Syrup yet?! Another prime example of the magic that happens when bacon and brussels sprouts come together.
This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts kinda sorta deserves a spot at your next party or potluck. It’s great for the holidays and makes the perfect appetizer or snack for kids and adults alike. I love serving them up with all sorts of good dipping sauces and sometimes, before I can even blink, the whole tray is gone! Good thing they’re fun and easy to make and cook in under 25 minutes!
INGREDIENTS FOR THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, PARTY OR GAME DAY APPETIZER
Only 5 simple ingredients plus a few basic spices from your trusty spice cabinet is all you’re going to need to make this crowd pleasing appetizer or side dish. This Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Recipe is fun to make and so easy, you can even involve the kids!
- Brussels Sprouts: This little cabbage like vegetable is packed with fiber and rich in antioxidants and valuable nutrients such as Vitamins K and C. They’re kept whole in this bacon and brussels sprouts recipe but the bottoms (tough stalks) get trimmed off. PRO TIP: If you have a choice at the grocery store or market, go for the larger Brussels Sprouts as they are ultimately easier to handle and wrap in bacon.
- Bacon: Adds the perfect savory and salty flavour to these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts. No need to cook the bacon first as it’ll cook up beautifully in the oven. 1 piece of bacon for every 2 brussels sprouts is what you’re going to need as each sprout gets wrapped in a half piece of bacon (another reason why the bigger brussels sprouts make a better option).
- Sriracha: Part one of the glaze that we brush onto the Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts. Adds a nice bit of heat and a spicy kick to the dish.
- Mustard: Part two of the glaze that we brush onto the Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts. I used Dijon Mustard here but any mustard will work. Regular, honey or spicy mustard are all great options. The mustard balances out the heat from the sriracha as well as adds a nice tangy, almost smoky flavour to the dish.
- Olive oil: Adds flavour to this bacon and brussels sprouts recipe. Coats the brussels sprouts before wrapping them in bacon and helps the spices stick. You can use a different neutral tasting oil such as avocado oil instead, if you prefer.
- Spices: A little spice goes a long way here as the glaze and bacon already add such flavour. Therefore, I kept things rather simple with a little bit of garlic powder, salt and pepper. However, you can always use whatever spice combination you want instead, if you prefer.
- Not pictured: Toothpicks – the key in getting the bacon to stay wrapped around the sprouts!
HOW TO MAKE THIS BACON AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS RECIPE (KEY TIPS)
- If you’re choosing your own Brussels Sprouts from the grocery store or market, go for the larger ones as they’re easier to wrap and handle overall.
- Cutting the bacon strips in half makes them the perfect size for wrapping a single brussels sprout.
- Try to handle/move the brussels sprouts very minimally after you trim off the bottoms. The outer leaves will become loose and fall off the more you move ’em around. EXTRA TIP: Bake the loose leaves with the Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts in the oven. They make a great snack and therefore should not go to waste! (EXTRA EXTRA TIP: Try adding these crispy brussels sprouts pieces to popcorn. AKA a total GAME CHANGER!)
- Use toothpicks to help hold the bacon in place and prevent it from opening up in the oven. The toothpicks are also useful if you’re serving these at a party or to a crowd as people can easily just grab them directly off the tray.
- The Brussels Sprouts will be slippery from the olive oil and a little hard to work with so just be patient and use both hands to roll/wrap the sprouts up in the bacon. EXTRA TIP: Lay the bacon down on a flat surface (such as a cutting board) to make it easier to use both hands and roll.
- Take care when glazing these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with the Sriracha Mustard glaze. If the glaze gets onto the toothpicks, it’ll burn in the oven which isn’t really the biggest deal but will definitely affect the presentation as the toothpicks will come out black. Lol.
- Keep an eye on these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts in the last few minutes of cooking to ensure the bacon doesn’t burn. Every oven is different but they should take anywhere from 20-25 minutes.
- These Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts are delicious all on their own or even better served up with all your favourite dipping sauces. Some of my favourites are homemade Tzatziki Sauce, Ranch Dressing, Sriracha Mayo (as seen in the photos), Roasted Sesame Dressing, All Purpose Peanut Sauce or Quick and Easy Tartar Sauce. However, anything goes with these babies and I can’t think of a dipping sauce they wouldn’t like!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Store any leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge. Eat ’em within 3 days. Simply reheat in a 350° oven for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through when ready to eat again.
In this particular recipe, no, there is no need to parboil the brussel sprouts before roasting! They’ll cook up beautifully in the 20-25 minute time frame and come out perfectly soft, tender and delicious! PRO TIP: Before taking the Brussels Sprouts out of the oven, push the toothpicks down a little further to ensure they’re soft and tender all the way through.
You can certainly get a head start on this bacon and brussels sprouts recipe but I wouldn’t recommend actually cooking them until you’re ready to serve/eat. You can wrap all the brussels sprouts in the bacon and even glaze them in a day or two in advance. Then just pop them in the oven to bake when you’re ready. Store the raw Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to cook.
These Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts make an amazing party food or Holiday Hors D’oeuvre. They’re fun to eat and serve (everybody always loves ’em!), are little bursts of flavour in your mouth and go great with so many dipping sauces. Here are some dipping sauce ideas: Tzatziki Sauce, Ranch Dressing, Sriracha Mayo (as seen in the photos), Roasted Sesame Dressing, All Purpose Peanut Sauce or Quick and Easy Tartar Sauce. However, feel free to get crazy with it…these babies go good with almost anything!
- 1 pound Brussels Sprouts
- 1 pound Bacon
- 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 2 tbsp Sriracha
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 tsp each Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside until ready to use.
- Cut the bacon strips in half. Trim the bottoms off the brussels sprouts then add the whole sprouts to a bowl.
- Add the olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss well to coat.
- Using a flat surface, such as a cutting board, line up the half strips of bacon. Place one whole Brussel Sprout in each one then roll the bacon to wrap and enclose the sprout. Use a toothpick to keep it in place. Repeat until no sprouts or bacon remains.
- In a small bowl, mix the sriracha and mustard until well combined.
- Using a basting brush, carefully brush the glaze over the tops and sides of the bacon wrapped brussels sprouts until nicely coated.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the brussels sprouts are soft and tender. Serve immediately with all your favourite dipping sauces!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 322mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
Nutrition is only an estimate and calculated using Nutritionix.
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