Thank you to Baker’s for sponsoring today’s ClickList shopping trip and Thanksgiving inspired recipe, Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Maple Pumpkin Sauce.
A few years ago I shared one of my favorite Brussels sprouts recipes. Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Just the sprouts, olive oil and salt, roasted to perfection.
I decided this year I wanted to glorify that recipe by combining some complimentary flavors that are perfect for the season. Bacon, maple and pumpkin. I wasn’t sure how they would work out, but in the end this recipe has now received ranking as one of my favorite side dishes! It’s also perfect for Thanksgiving.
The flavors work together creating a beautiful savory dish. The seasonings added to the maple pumpkin sauce tone down the sweetness. You could serve this recipe with the sauce on it, which is my preference, or leave the sauce on the side.
As a Thanksgiving side dish the latter is possibly my preference because I can see the Maple Pumpkin sauce as a standalone addition to the feast so everyone could add it to anything they wanted. I haven’t tried it yet, but I can see it being a fantastic addition to stuffing or even on the turkey.
Cranberry sauce, step aside, there’s a new flavor in town for Thanksgiving.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I don’t have all of the time I used to have for running holiday errands. Finding ways to reduce the time errands take me is one of my new hobbies. Luckily grocery stores, like Bakers and it’s fellow Kroger stores, have implemented some fantastic time savers! ClickList is my new favorite thing!
Jump online to your local Kroger website and see if ClickList is available to you. It’s a lifesaver for Thanksgiving shopping. Once you’re logged in just do your grocery shopping online with a few clicks, add in any special shopping instructions, decide if you will allow any substitutions and schedule a time to pick up your order.
What’s even better, you don’t have to get out of your car when you get there! Call the number from the ClickList sign in front of the ClickList parking spot you’re in. Give them your order number and they’ll bring it out to your car. They’ll go over any questions or substitutions as well as the final bill, take your payment right there and load your car. This is a multitasking dream come true for me.
- 1.5 pounds Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
- 6 slices uncooked bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Place Brussels Sprouts, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper in a bowl and toss to coat. Lay Brussels Sprouts out on a baking sheet cut side down. Place bacon around the Brussels Sprouts making sure it is also touching the baking sheet. You want the bacon grease to flavor the Brussels Sprouts while making sure the bacon cooks up a bit crispy.
- Bake for 15 minutes, pending the size of your Brussels Sprouts.
- Meanwhile in a small saucepan combine pumpkin, syrup, salt, garlic and thyme. Heat at low temperature stirring frequently to allow flavors to meld.
- Brussels Sprouts should be tender and slightly browned on cut side. Continue cooking at 5 min increments until Sprouts are done. If Sprouts finish cooking before bacon crisps remove the Brussels Sprouts to a serving dish and continue cooking bacon until it is done, then combine with the Brussels Sprouts in the serving dish.
- Drizzle Maple Pumpkin Sauce over the Brussels Sprouts and bacon, mix in if desired.