Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

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Growing up, I was never a fan of brussel sprouts.  But this vegetable has come back strong and I wanted to figure out a way to enjoy it.  These balsamic brussel sprouts recipe is savory, sweet, crispy and well, it has bacon which makes everything better.  This very simple dish can be made in the oven, on the grill or the air fryer.  While it’s a great side dish for any dinner occasion, it’s perfect for a Thanksgiving gathering.

Air Frying Brussel Sprouts

Balsamic Brussel Sprout ingredients

Nope, that is not a typo.  I used my air fryer instead of the grill.  While this dish can be made on the grill or oven, I opted for the air fryer.  It’s another great appliance in the kitchen that in my house is used most often – by the family.  Not only does it cook food fast, it opens space in the oven for other side dishes when cooking a thanksgiving meal.

To start, wash the brussel sprouts and slice off the tips.  Next, slice the sprouts in half along the long side of the vegetable.

Sliced brussel sprouts and bacon

Next, take a few slices of bacon and cut across to make small strips.  Mix it in with the brussel sprouts add a little olive oil and black pepper and throw it all into the air fryer.

Air Fryer

Depending on the amount of brussel sprouts you use, this should take at least 20 minutes.  Open occasionally to mix it around.  When done, bacon should be nice and crispy and the brussel sprouts should be soft.  There will be a few crispy pieces which is OK.  Those add texture to the dish and tastes great!

The Balsamic Sauce

Balsamic Agave glaze

The secret to this dish is the balsamic sauce which is added at the end.  It consists of only balsamic vinegar and agave.  If you don’t have agave, honey is a great substitute.  The savory and sweet mix is the perfect balance to the bitter vegetable.  Mix the two ingredients together and pour it over the air fried brussel sprouts.

Top the balsamic brussel sprouts with some crushed pistachios and shredded parmesan and enjoy!

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Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 6 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Brussel Sprouts
  • 4 Slices of bacon
  • 1/2 tbsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Agave
  • 1 tbsp Crushed pistachios
  • 1 tbsp Shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Wash the brussel sprouts and slice off the tip.
  • Slice the sprouts in half along the long side of the vegetable.
  • Slice bacon across to make small strips.
  • Mix it in with the brussel sprouts add a little olive oil and black pepper and throw it all into the air fryer. If using an oven or grill, set it for 400 degrees.
  • Depending on the amount of brussel sprouts, total cook time should be around 20 minutes. Open occasionally to mix it around.  When done, bacon should be nice and crispy and the brussel sprouts should be soft. 
  • Open occasionally to mix it around.  When done, bacon should be nice and crispy and the brussel sprouts should be soft. 
  • In a separate dish, mix together balsamic vinegar and agave and pour it over the air fried brussel sprouts.
  • Top the dish with crushed pistachios and shredded parmesan.

 

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