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Green Candy – Brussel Sprouts & Bacon Recipe

Published On April 3, 2011 | By Gypsy | A Choice of Sides, All Recipes

Every second Sunday we feature a little slab of happiness on Food Gypsy… bacon is gooood.

Plus,  April is “Veg Head Month” but we don’t want to go to fast into this while veggie thing.  So, veggies with bacon.

Four ingredients (six if you count seasoning) and you have a veggie dish that kids (of all ages) go crazy for.   Even haters of brussels have been converted by “Green Candy”.

Roasted, those wee cabbage brains take on a sweet taste.  Roasting together with bacon fat, and some big juicy sultana raisins and they become pop you our mouth addictive.

How easy is that. 

Brussel spouts, prepped Tossed with a bit of olive oil.

Green Candy – Recipe

Ease of Preparation: Easy
Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4


1 1/2 pounds bushel sprouts, whole – cleaned & prepped

6 slices of lean smoked bacon, cut in 3/4inch pieces

1/2 cup large sultana raisins

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350*F


  1. With pairing knife cut small “X” in bottom of each brussel sprout. This helps heat to penetrate the stem so they cook evenly.
  2. In large bowl toss brussel sprouts, bacon & raisins with olive oil to coat.
  3. Evenly distribute, one layer deep in shallow roasting pan.
  4. Place in 350*F oven for 20 minutes, remove and gently turn, return to oven 20 – 25 minutes.
  5. Season as needed and serve.

That’s it.  Serve as a side or as a snack.  Consume with great abandon. This has got to be good for you.

Bacon makes everything better.

Four Ingredients

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"Gypsy" is not my real name." A freelance food & travel writer & photographer based in Aylmer, Quebec. Corinna Horton trained at Le Cordon Bleu, spent five years as the owner of Nova Scotia's Dragonfly Inn, and is currently between big, shiny kitchens as she focuses on family and what's next in this delicious life.