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Crispy Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts (Paleo, GF)

Servings: 2 -4
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes


  • 4-5 strips of nitrate-free bacon
  • 1 pound of brussels sprouts, (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt, , pinch pepper
  • 10 Tbs water, (divided to be used at 3 separate times)


  • Place a paper towel on a microwave safe plate.
  • Place the bacon strips on the paper towel and then cover in another paper towel.
  • Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. Check on the bacon and replace with new paper towels and heat for another 2 minutes (if you are making 5 strips, you'll probably need to do an extra minute or two in the microwave). Once the bacon cools, cut the strips into inch long bits and put aside.
  • Put olive oil in the pan over medium-high heat.
  • Put the brussels sprouts into the sauté pan.
  • Cover them with 2 Tbs of pure maple syrup, salt, pepper and 2 Tbs of water.
  • Once the liquid boils(1 min), reduce the heat to medium.
  • Let the brussels sprouts cook, stirring every now and again, until the liquid thickens and evaporates (should be caramel-like in substance)--for 7 minutes.
  • Add the bacon and 4 Tbs of water and let them cook, stirring every so often, until the liquid evaporates again-- another 7 minutes.
  • Add another 4 Tbs of water and let them cook until the liquid evaporates again. HOWEVER, this time don't stir the brussels sprouts at all. This should take about 6 minutes.
  • Mix and then cook for 2-3 minutes more without mixing to let them crisp. They are done once you can stab them with a knife and the knife easily goes through it.
Course: Side Dish