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balsamic glazed brussels sprouts with bacon + onion

I’m getting a little choked up over here. This is the last dish in ‘My Ultimate Thanksgiving’ menu, and I am a bit sad to see it come to an end. Don’t worry, it’s not unusual for me to get a little weepy at the end of a good meal. It’s always a sad thing to see the last slice of pie or bite of cranberry sauce disappear. On second though, that doesn’t sound like something a well adjusted person would get upset over. I guess it’s a good thing that I’ve never claimed to be a well adjusted person.

Allow me to direct your attention away from my uncontrolled food emotions and onto these sweet little sprouts. Yes, I said sweet. And they are. Especially after they are drizzled in an incredibly sweet, aged balsamic vinegar.


A couple of weeks ago, my parents {being awesome as they are} showed up on my doorstep bearing an unexpected yet intriguing gift. A sample set of olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Bumble Olive Oil Company.

They are a local artisan store here in Toledo, Ohio and they carry a huge selection of fresh and infused olive oils and incredible aged balsamic vinegars. It is incredible the selection of oils and vinegars they carry. If you’re local, you totally need to head to their shop and check out their offerings – you even get to taste test, yah! If you aren’t local, check out their online store.(By the way, this is not a sponsored post in any way, I just wanted to share my new found love of Bumble!)

So when my parents stopped by, they brought me a sample set of the three most popular olive oils and vinegars that Bumble carries in their store. Just because. How awesome is that?

I started brainstorming recipe ideas and remembered that Brussels sprouts were the last dish on my list to make for ‘My Ultimate Thanksgiving’ menu. Perfect. Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions. Yes, please!

After taking one bite of these glazed sprouts, I had to stand in my kitchen – for several minutes – and convince myself not to take a drink of the vinegar straight from the bottle. I wish I was kidding.

Besides being roast-y, tangy and sweet these Brussels sprouts couldn’t be easier to make. And frankly, having an easy-to-assemble dish on Thanksgiving – amidst the roasting and mashing and stuffing – is really a great thing.

These sprouts just involve cutting and tossing and roasting.

And a finishing drizzle, of course.

I hope you all have enjoyed ‘My Ultimate Thanksgiving’ menu (you can find the other dishes here, here, here, here, and here) and I am dying to hear what you all are making!

So spill it, what is on your ultimate table?

Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onion

Yield: 6-8 servings


2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
2 small red onions, sliced
5 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
4 strips of bacon, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons of good quality, aged balsamic vinegar (if you don’t have a good quality aged vinegar, you can boil regular balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan, and reduce it until it becomes syrupy)


Preheat oven to 400°.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together Brussels sprouts, onions, garlic and bacon. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Spread veggies into a single layer.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing once halfway through cooking. Veggies should be tender and golden at the edges, and bacon should be cooked through.

Remove from oven, drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat and serve!


Recipe from Jelly Toast
November 16th, 2012

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12 comments on “balsamic glazed brussels sprouts with bacon + onion”

  1. I’m always looking for new ways to cook brussels sprouts; and your photography is gorgeous!

  2. Please drizzle me in an incredibly sweet, aged balsamic vinegar and make me part of your wonderful creations.

  3. I made this recipe yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Roasted brussel sprouts are delish…
    I went to school in Toledo (and now reside in Cleveland) but find myself in Toledo often or at least driving through…I will need to check Bumble Olive Oil my next time through…thanks for sharing.

  5. I have to tell you.. I don’t use recipes ever because I always make them up in my head. After seeing how delicious the Brussels sprouts looked I made them the next night! They were the best Brussels sprouts I have ever tasted! I also work at Bumble and we all thought this was the sweetest thing ever! And delicious! Thank you sooooo much for this delicious recipe! And this amazing blog you have!

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