How to Make Irresistible Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Onions

Inside: Learn how to make amazing Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions.

I used to hate Brussel Sprouts. With a passion. It was a deep, lifelong hatred, and I really did not expect that it would ever change.

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me, “Oh, you just haven’t had them the way I make them. You’ll like these!”

And I would try them – reluctantly, but hopefully. And NOPE – still revolting.

It wasn’t so much a flavor thing, either. After all, Brussels Sprouts are very similar to cabbage in taste, and I love cabbage. No, this was a texture thing. No matter how the Brussels Sprouts tasted, they’d always turn into this nasty mound of mush in my mouth that I didn’t want to chew and I was unable to swallow. I didn’t believe there was any way that would change.

And after all – I like most foods. So, surely I’m allowed to dislike one thing, right?

Little did I know that a simple act of love would turn the whole thing around!

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How to Make Irresistible Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions

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I Married a Man Who LOVES Brussels Sprouts

When my honey and I got married, I decided that I should at least try to learn how to make Brussels Sprouts because he loved them so much. It wasn’t fair to make him live without them. I didn’t even want to subject him to a lifetime of sticking frozen Brussels Sprouts in the microwave – since I really am a fan of fresh foods.

I’d never made these things in my life. So – I consulted the Internet.

After reading up on how to make them, I bought a pound of fresh Brussels Sprouts and boiled them, per instructions, until perfectly cooked. The first thing I noticed, right away, was how fresh and green and pretty they looked when I cooked them. At that very moment, I began to suspect what my problem might have been all along.

Did it all come down to the difference between fresh and frozen? Could it really be that simple?

I wracked my brain to see if I could remember anyone ever making them fresh. And I couldn’t. Every sprout I’d ever tasted had been frozen. And they never looked like these. So – I TRIED one.

And it was WONDERFUL!

I was astonished. It was a lovely combination of tender and solid, with a fresh flavor. Best of all, I was able to chew it up and swallow it without any difficulty. No more wad of mush in my mouth!

I learned that when it comes to Brussel Sprouts, FRESH is the key! Some people will disagree, I’m sure. My mom does. She prefers her frozen Brussel Sprouts. But for me, I gotta have them fresh!

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onion

I recently had around two pounds of lovely fresh Brussel Sprouts in the refrigerator and I wanted to do something a little more interesting than simply boiling them. I discussed it with my honey, and – as we often do – we got IDEAS!

We cleaned the Brussel Sprouts, snipping the brown off the stems and removing loose leaves, and then we sliced them all in half.

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions - Cut Brussel Sprouts

We picked out a nice Vidalia onion . . .

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions - Vidalia Onion

. . . and cut the onion up in medium sized pieces.

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions - Chopped Onion

We cooked up a nice package of bacon in a large skillet (and completely forgot to take a picture of it!). Once the bacon was cooked and removed to a plate, we sauteed the onions in the bacon fat until golden.

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions - Cooking Onions

Then we added the Brussel Sprouts to the pan, stirring them into the onions. We covered them and let them cook over medium heat.

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions - Cooking

While the Brussel Sprouts and onions cooked, I chopped up the cooked bacon. Neither of us could resist nibbling on a little bacon.

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions - Chop Bacon

The Brussel Sprouts were nice and tender after 15 to 20 minutes on medium heat. We stirred them several times, mouths watering from the delicious smell wafting into our faces.

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions - Almost Done

When the Brussel Sprouts and onions were finished cooking, we added the chopped bacon to the pan.

Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions - Add Bacon

Doesn’t that look amazing?

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Here – take a closer look at those beautiful Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Onion.

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You know you want some. It’s okay to admit it.

Brussel Sprouts Belong with Bacon

The flavors were amazing! Brussel Sprouts, bacon, and onions belong together. I am now convinced of this.

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I will, of course, cook Brussel Sprouts in other ways. Bacon and onions, too. But we all loved these so much, we will have to make them again and again. Especially when we are eating a Keto diet.

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These Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions pair perfect with Keto-friendly entrees. And everything else, too. In fact, you might be tempted to eat them all by themselves! No one would blame you!

These Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Onions are so good, my youngest ate them up and proclaimed them to be “good”. Try these on your own picky eaters. You might be pleasantly surprised!

Delicious looking brussels sprouts with bacon and onions

What is your favorite way to make Brussels Sprouts? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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This article has 4 comments

  1. M Reply

    I love Brussels sprouts, but only roasted! Until last year, I didn’t even know you could get frozen Brussels sprouts (and you are absolutely correct, they were NOT good).

    I often add a bit of bacon to my roasted Brussels sprouts, or onion, or just a spritz of olive oil and some seasonings. YUM!

    • MysticLoon Reply

      I love them roasted, too! In fact, I’m not sure that there is a bad way to make them, as long as they are fresh. 🙂

      Have you ever seen them grow? They look so weird when they are on the stalk! 🙂

      Thanks for reaching out!

  2. Marion Myers Reply

    I can totally relate! I used to feel the same way about brussels sprouts. The first time I had them roasted and I was hooked! Your recipe sounds amazing. Bacon & brussels is always a winning combo in my book!

    • MysticLoon Reply

      Oh yes…roasted Brussels Sprouts are amazing, too!

      Isn’t it funny to hate something so much…and then to suddenly realize how much you love them? 🙂 I’m glad you relate…I don’t feel so alone in the world!

      Thanks for reaching out! 🙂

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