Cayenne Maple Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Squash is the quick easy and healthy holiday side you are craving this season.
A holiday side of cayenne maple bacon Brussels sprouts and squash
Cayenne Maple Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Squash comes together super fast, all you have to do is slice and toss the veggies before baking. You can mix up the squash with whatever is on sale at the market or needs using up in the pantry.
The best squash for roasting with other veggies
Acorn or butternut squash are two of my favorites, but seriously use whatever you have. Even picky eaters love the sweet and spicy flavor combo on these delicious brussels sprouts. Add in some dried cranberries for presentation and this becomes a show stopper. It sure beats that canned soup green bean casserole everyone is looking forward to and will take a little of the guilt off as you go back for a second slice of pie.
What is the best bacon for maple glazed squash and sprouts?
Bacon apparently makes everything better. But some types of bacon are way better suited to certain things. For example, in this dish, I do recommend using a nicely smoked bacon. It will add a touch more savory depth to the dish.
Thinly sliced bacon crumbles much easier than the thicker stuff. But, keep in mind that you need to make sure it doesn’t burn. Since you use bacon that is already cooked and crumbled, you only need it in long enough to get hot. Then the dish is ready to serve.
Using maple syrup as a glaze
First off, please use real maple syrup if at all possible. You can use any grade of maple syrup, but the real is so much better than the “maple flavor added” syrups. Sure, you can use those if that is what you have handy. No problem. But the flavor of real maple syrup glaze really is more exquisite and worth the trouble.
Since this dish is for the holidays most likely anyway… Why not splurge?
Want to Round out your holiday menu? Try these.
- Smoked Beef Tenderloin
- Smoked Crab Imperial
- Ginger Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Carrot Soup
- Beef Wellington with Creole Mushroom Mix
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Cayenne Maple Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Winter Squash
- 2 pint brussels sprouts havled
- 1 acorn squash seeds removed and sliced
- olive oil
- bacon fat
- 1/4 – 1/2 teas cayenne
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- 2 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil
- Combine the brussles and squash in a large bowl and toss with olive oil and bacon fat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add 1/4 – 1/2 teas cayenne. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Flip and add 2 tbs real maple syrup.
- Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Toss with cooked crunchy bacon and walnuts and serve.
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