Family Favorites-Holiday Side Dishes: Glazed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries
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  • 1 container of brussel sprouts
  • 4-5 pieces of bacon
  • ¼+ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  1. Rinse and dry the brussel sprouts. Slice in half and set aside.
  2. Fry the bacon in a large skillet. Remove, let cool, and then crumble and set aside.
  3. Pour most of the bacon grease into a measuring cup and set aside. Leave about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease in the skillet. Toss in the brussel sprouts and cook over medium heat.
  4. While the brussel sprouts are cooking, measure out about ¼ cup of the bacon grease. If you don't have that much that is fine. Just add enough maple syrup to the bacon drippings until you reach ½ cup total.
  5. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Heat mixture in the microwave for 1 minute.
  6. Add the cranberries and set aside to let them soften.
  7. When the brussel sprouts are cooked through, add the syrup/cranberry mixture and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  8. Pour into a bowl and top with the crumbled bacon. Enjoy!
Recipe by Sara's House at