I know! That's exactly my reaction when I came across this recipe, too!
I'd already bought brussel sprouts, I just had no idea what I was going to do with them. The consensus in recipes seemed to be in roasting them, but that just seemed so ho-hum. Then I ran across this little baby and it was SETTLED.
~20 brussel sprouts
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp maple syrup
3 slices bacon, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400°. Discard outer leaves of brussel sprouts and give them a rinse.
Trim the bottoms and halve them.
In a medium bowl, toss the brussel sprout halves with olive oil, maple syrup (the real stuff, please!), bacon, salt, and pepper.
Spread the mixture on a baking sheet.
Roast for about 30 minutes, turning a few times, until the brussel sprouts are tender and caramelized and the bacon is crisp.
Johnny and I ate this entire dish between the two of us because nobody else would give it a try at Thanksgiving. More for us and it was still gone within 24 hours. It was such a terrific medley of flavors, you just need to trust me and try it for yourself! This will forever be on my Thanksgiving and Christmas menu, it was that good!
Are you already in the Christmas spirit, or do you need some help getting it jump started!? How about joining Laura's blogger gift exchange she's organizing over at Hey What's for Dinner, Mom? Hurry though, the deadline is December 1st! I already signed up, so maybe you'd get me!!