Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese

Caramelized Brussel sprouts with brown sugar are a wonderful simple side dish.  To make Brussel sprouts even more wonderful add bacon and blue cheese for a sweet, salty, creamy, and nutty delight.  These sauteed Brussel sprouts are my favorite way to eat them. The flavor combination elevates these miniature cabbages into a gourmet appetizer, small plate, or side dish. Some people may think they taste bitter raw but for most people, Brussel sprouts are nutty and sweet once cooked and that is what happens in this easy recipe. 

Some of my favorite restaurants have fantastic Brussel sprouts on their menus and I almost always order them.  I finally started to try and replicate many of those yummy appetizers and small plates myself.  This recipe for Brussel sprouts caramelized with brown sugar, bacon, and blue cheese is an easy side to make at home.   The cast-iron pan really adds flavors to vegetables and this is especially true when cooking these.  Brussel sprouts cooked in a cast-iron skillet get brown, crispy, and pan-fried for deep flavor. 

 

 

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese PN1 overhead of cast iron and recipe ready to eat

 

 

Ingredients for Caramelized Brussel Sprouts

To make this recipe, you will need fresh Brussel sprouts.  Try and purchase sprouts that are similar in size so they cook evenly and are done at the same time. I aim for medium-sized Brussel sprouts.  

You will also need bacon that has been diced up.  There are also freshly sliced onions, brown sugar, crumbled blue cheese, and spices for this recipe. 

 

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese ingredients

 

How to Make Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar & Bacon

Begin by dicing the bacon and slicing the onion.   Gather the rest of your ingredients including the crumbled blue cheese and the brown sugar.  You will want to have everything within reach once you start cooking since this is a quick and easy Brussel sprouts recipe.

Cook the Bacon 

First, you will want to cook the diced bacon. Heat the cast-iron skillet on the stove over medium heat. Once hot, add the bacon to fry.  I like to use a screen splatter cover like show below. It helps keep you safe and clean from the possible bacon fat splatter that is common when cooking bacon on the stove.  

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese bacon cooking with screen over it

 

Once the bacon is cooked to your desired likeness, remove it carefully and place it on a paper towel-lined plate, set aside.  This should take 5-10 minutes.  You may want your vent fan on as it may get smoky. Do NOT drain the bacon fat, keep that in the pan and the heat on medium.  Scrape up any bits and remove them from the pan.  

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese cooked bacon in the cast iron skillet

 

 

Saute the Brussel Sprouts & Onions

In the cast-iron skillet with the bacon grease, carefully add the Brussel sprouts.  Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown all sides. 

Add the onion, salt, & pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. The onion should be cooked and the sprouts should still be green with the edges caramelized and brown. If you pierce with a fork they will be tender. 

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese cooked in the pan with raw onions added

 

Add the Remaining Ingredients to the Cooked Brussel Sprouts

Once the Brussel sprouts and onions are cooked, the remaining ingredients are ready to go in pretty quickly.  Turn down the stove to your lowest setting. Now add the brown sugar.  Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes. Be careful not to cook too long as the sugar can burn quickly. Stir as it melts and coats the vegetables; this will cook pretty fast, 5 minutes maximum.   

 

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese adding brown sugar to the cooked ingredients

 

Next, add the blue cheese and bacon to the cooked and seasoned vegetables.  Stir gently so that it is incorporated but the blue cheese and bacon crumbles stay intact. Optional, drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese ready to eat with blue cheese and bacon in small bowls

 

I like to add about 75% of the cheese and bacon to the pan.  The rest I save on the side to add once I serve the Brussel sprouts and they are plated.   This way there is some pop right on top. 

 

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese ready with a side of bacon blue cheese

 

What to Serve with Brussel Sprout

Now the cast-iron skillet Brussel Sprouts sauteed and caramelized with brown sugar, bacon, and blue cheese are ready to eat. This recipe is a great appetizer at parties, dinners, holidays. and potlucks. It is also a wonderful side dish for any weeknight or special dinners like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or anniversaries. These Brussel sprouts with bacon and blue cheese are a family favorite and the best side dish for all your holiday meals. 

 

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese ready to eat in the pan with serving spoon and napkin

 

Recipes Suggestions to Serve with Brussel Sprouts 

I really love these Brussel sprouts with my WHIPPED SWEET POTATOES and chicken, as shown below.  Here are some other great recipe ideas to cook and pair with Brussel sprouts. All these entrees and other side dishes go well with these sweet & savory caramelized Brussel sprouts and will complete your meal.

 

Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Fries
Homemade deep-fried sweet potato fries are a quick and easy family favorite recipe. This fantastic method to deep fry & season them makes the best appetizer or side dish.
Check out this recipe
Deep Fried Sweet Potato Fries featured overhead of plate of fries and dipping sauce

 

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Acorn Squash
This sweet and savory acorn squash recipe is a fabulous side dish. The taste of fall is wonderful in this slow cooker brown sugar acorn squash that is stuffed with apple and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Check out this recipe
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Acorn Squash featured overhead of apple cinnamon stuffed squash on a plate

 

Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes
Tender bite-sized potatoes are tossed with butter and ranch seasoning for a family favorite. These salt-crusted electric pressure cooker potatoes are easy and the best side dish recipe.
Check out this recipe
Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes

 

How to Dry Brine a Turkey
In just 3 days you can have the perfect holiday bird. When you dry brine a turkey, it is so moist and juicy. This works great for turkey, chicken, and other birds.
Check out this recipe
pat salt for dry brine

 

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
This slow cooker Salisbury steak recipe is easy, tasty, and simply the best. The creamy mushroom gravy is so rich and comforts the soul.  
Check out this recipe
Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak featured

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Chicken cacciatore is an easy slow cooker recipe that is hearty, tasty, and perfect for a weeknight dinner. This Crockpot cacciatore recipe is so easy and results in a rich tomato sauce packed with vegetables, chicken, and flavor.
Check out this recipe
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

 

Italian Chicken Drumsticks
This recipe for authentic Italian chicken drumsticks is bursting with flavor thanks to an easy lemon, garlic, and herb marinade.
Check out this recipe
Italian Chicken Drumsticks

 

 

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Caramelized Brussel sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese

Angela
Caramelized Brussel sprouts with brown sugar are a wonderful simple side dish.  To make Brussel sprouts even more wonderful add bacon and blue cheese for a sweet, salty, creamy, and nutty delight. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds Brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar OPTIONAL

Instructions
 

  • Dice the bacon into small pieces. Also, slice the onion thinly.
  • Heat the cast-iron skillet on the stove over medium heat. Once hot, add the bacon to fry. Once the bacon is cooked to your desired likeness, remove it carefully and place it on a paper towel-lined plate, set aside.  This should take 5-10 minutes. 
    You may want your vent fan on as it may get smoky. Do NOT drain the bacon fat, keep that in the pan and the heat on medium.  Scrape up any bits and remove them from the pan.  
  • In the cast-iron skillet with the bacon grease, carefully add the Brussel sprouts.  Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown all sides. 
  • Add the onion, salt, & pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. The onion should be cooked and the sprouts should still be green with the edges caramelized and brown. If you pierce with a fork they will be tender. 
  • Turn down the stove to your lowest setting. Now add the brown sugar.  Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes. Be careful not to cook too long as the sugar can burn quickly. Stir as it melts and coats the vegetables; this will cook pretty fast, 5 minutes maximum.   
  • Next, add the blue cheese and bacon to the cooked and seasoned vegetables.  Stir gently so that it is incorporated but the blue cheese and bacon crumbles stay intact. 
  • Serve immediately - Optional, drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  
  • Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 320
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.4g 20%
Saturated Fat 5.9g 29%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 1142mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 30.6g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8.5g 30%
Total Sugars 13.6g  
Protein 20g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 1056mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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