I was going to make some kind of brussels sprouts today. I remembered I had them and thought I’d make another simple variation of plain ol’ brussels sprouts. When I looked inside the ‘frig, I realized that I had some butternut squash that had to be used soon as well, so I thought “why not combine these two veggies and see what happens?!” One thing led to another and BOOM! Enter the cranberries and a teeny bit of bacon. Sorry about that….so much for plain ol’ brussels sprouts. This elevated quickly and I couldn’t control myself. I must say these are pretty darn good and will probably make an appearance on my Thanksgiving Day table.
Brussels,Butternut and Bacon
(double this and have amazing leftovers)
1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 pound peeled,butternut squash, cubed
1 cup cranberries
2 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 med. onion
3 slices bacon
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1-2 Tbs. brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prep brussels sprouts and butternut squash. Add to a large bowl and toss together with the cranberries, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake 30-45 minutes…til fork tender.
While veggies are cooking, saute the bacon until crispy. Save 1 Tbs of bacon drippings in the pan. Remove bacon to a paper towel to remove grease. Crumble when cool. To the skillet, add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent. add the brown sugar and combine so that everything is covered. Add to a large bowl.
Remove veggies from oven and add add to the onion/bacon mixture. You probably won’t need more salt because of the bacon. Combine everything together with a large spoon. Try not to grab a bite. Bet you can’t do it.
See you couldn’t do it, could you? You had to try it! Ha! I knew it!Enjoy!
What do I love about this recipe? I love the bacon with the sweet squash and berries. The salt from the bacon is just so good with with the veggies.
What don’t I love about this recipe? All the veggies shrink down a bit so next time, I will double the recipe.