Brussels Sprouts with Bacon for THANKSGIVING

This is the last recipe from our Thanksgiving Dinner that I wanted to post - brussels sprouts with garlic and bacon. I chose this recipe because I barely eat brussels sprouts but I do like them.

Here a little something I learned from cooking this recipe and reheating it the next day:

As brussels sprouts are natrually bitter, be careful that you do not fry them until they turn black. Also, use a good amount of chicken broth, it will battle the bitterness. Other ways are a teaspoon of sugar, or someone told me that adding a bit of an apple cut into little pieces would help as well. Good luck :)


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 1 kg brussels sprouts - trimmed and halved
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  1. Place the bacon in a frying pan. There is no need to add oil or butter, the bacon will give up its own grease. Fry the bacon till crsipy. Remove from pan and chop, keep the grease in the pan.
  2. Use the hot frying pan from the bacon with the grease. Add the brussels sprouts and onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Don't stir, the brussels sprouts shall get some color on the side facing down. But be careful, do not let them turn black, that increases the bitterness. Stir in the garlic, fry for another 2-4 minutes. 
  3. Add the chicken broth. Don't be too stingy on it, this will help against the bitterness of the brussels sprouts. Bring to a boil. Cook till water is evaporated. Stir frequently. Add salt and pepper to taste. If brussels spouts are too bitter, add a teaspoon of sugar.

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