Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dates, & Orange Miso Glaze is guaranteed to be your new favorite side dish this fall! Brussels sprouts are charred alongside bacon and chopped dates, then tossed in a sweet orange glaze. It’s the perfect side dish for home AND for your Thanksgiving table!
| gluten free + dairy free + Paleo + gut friendly |
If you’re in need of a seriously awesome, healthy fall side dish, look no further!
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These Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dates, and Hazelnuts will totally change up your side dish game! And they’re absolutely perfect (and just in time!) for Thanksgiving!!
Are you excited yet?!
These next couple months are my FAVORITE time of year. I’m smitten with anything holiday-related, but when Thanksgiving and Christmas come around, there’s no stopping me. I’m probably way more into the holidays than need be… and my husband just doesn’t understand.
Josh and I just came home from Traverse City, MI, yesterday. We spent a long weekend celebrating our one year wedding anniversary! Time flies, doesn’t it? There’s nothing more romantic than driving along Northern Michigan watching the leaves change, enjoying a glass (orrrrrrr bottle) of wine at The Franklin, and wine tasting around the Leelanau Peninsula. We did the typical wedding thing where we saved the top tier of our cake for our one year anniversary. Mom did a great job freezing it for us this past year! Our cake was a little dry, but the frosting and raspberry filling were still amazing! We only had a couple slices (the rest basically went into the trash… it was decent, but definitely dry and the texture got a little funky), but it was worth it.
Okay, so have you made any TGives plans yet?! I know we’re still, like, 3 weeks away… but I can’t stop thinking about it!
The excitement I have for the holidays should probably be illegal. Just the thought of getting together with family and friends over hot food, wine, and a cozy fire is enough to bring tears. Mom and I have this tradition every year where sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we pick a date and go on a Christmas baking frenzy. We make a hot mess of the kitchen, but the end result is dozens of cut-out sugar cookies, a few pumpkin rolls, molasses cookies, no-bakes, chocolate-covered pretzels, pecan nut cups (THE ABSOLUTE BEST!), peanut butter blossoms, and homemade turtles! It’s a blast! Bonding time and baking is literally my favorite thing ever.
Since we’re on the topic of holidays, you MUST bring these Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Orange Glaze to your holiday table!! MUST!
Veggie side dishes can easily be forgotten about during the holidays. Everyone likes to bring mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, cookies, or a cheese platter. And let’s be honest: it’s hard to find a good veggie-heavy side dish that everyone likes. I mean, a side dish that isn’t a pre-packaged veggie tray (although, I kind of love those).
And are you ever that person who gets voluntold to bring a side dish and you spend hours on Pinterest wondering what the heck you’re gonna bring (because the potatoes are already spoken for)? That’s happened once or twice in my life…
Let just say that these Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon will take your TGives celebration to a totally new level.
A little salty thanks to the turkey bacon. A little sweetness from the dates and orange maple glaze. Definitely some crunch factor from the hazelnuts, yet the Brussels sprouts are beautifaully tender… omg I can’t even explain how good this dish is!
If we’re bringing greens to the table, then we also have to chat health benefits (just in case you need any more convincing)!
- Brussels Sprouts: these prebiotic cruciferous veggies not only give your gut a boost, but also help fight cancer! Just one serving provides all your Vitamin C and Vitamin K needs, as well as folate, potassium, and B vitamins. Cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli should be at the top of your grocery list!
- Medjool dates: dates can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce triglyceride levels, and relieve constipation. They’re a fabulous natural sweetener, and I cook with them all the freaking time. Check them out in these crazy addicting cinnamon rolls, the most amazing no bake tart on the planet, chewy oatmeal bars, and a naturally sweetened apple date cake! (There – I started your baking list for you!)
- Hazelnuts: these little tree nuts pack a powerful nutritional punch. They’re a healthy monounsaturated fat, which can reduce the risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Hazelnuts contain powerful antioxidants and plenty of Vitamin E, which fight aging and inflammation. Find more hazelnuts in this Vegan Pear Crisp!
- Miso: this fermented soybean paste is a probiotic, providing food to all those healthy gut bacteria! I use a TON of miso around here, so there’s no shortage of uses for it! Find it in this stir fry, this super fast weeknight salmon, and even pair it with breakfast! Also miso can most certainly be used in dessert!
So your new favorite fall side dish is both insanely delicious and super healthy.
These Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are also an amazing side dish for any protein as a weeknight dinner!
Serve them alongside herb-roasted chicken or marinated pork chops. Heck, if you really want, keep things vegetarian and just omit the bacon and serve them with rice pilaf!
No matter how you do it, you just have to do it!
First, fry the (turkey) bacon, leaving behind a little bacon grease to sear the sprouts in. Turkey bacon is naturally very lean, so just be sure to add olive oil or coconut oil to your pan before frying the sprouts.
Leave the Brussels sprouts face-down for several minutes until they develop that nice char on their cut side. Then, begin stirring them up to cook through. We’ll add the bacon back to the pan along with chopped Medjool dates, toasted hazelnuts, and this incredible orange glaze!
The glaze thickens up quickly, so really, this dish is done in about 15-20 minutes. (As long as your hazelnuts are toasted prior to starting.)
The first time I made these, I couldn’t stop eating them. I kept going back to the refrigerator for just one more sprout. Just one more date! This combination of sweet, savory, and zesty orange is so unbelievable. It’s just a little salty, a little sweet, a little crunchy, and so, so flavorful!
So, what Thanksgiving sides are you looking forward to?!
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This healthy, gluten free side dish is sure to impress this fall! The perfect side for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
- 6 slices uncured, nitrate-free bacon (or turkey bacon)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 lbs. Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, halved
- 1/2 c. Medjool dates, pitted
- Juice of 1 large orange
- Zest or 1 large orange
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 Tbsp white miso paste
- 1/2 c. toasted hazelnuts
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; fry the bacon 3-4 minutes per side, until golden. Remove to a paper towel. When the bacon is cool, chop or crumble with your fingers.
Return the skillet to medium-high heat, reserving 1 Tbsp bacon grease (*note: if you're using turkey bacon which is naturally very lean, use 2 Tbsp olive oil instead of just 1 Tbsp). Add 1 Tbsp olive oil; swirl to coat.
Add the Brussels sprouts, cut-side down, to the skillet. Allow them to cook for 5-6 minutes without touching so that the cut sides are a bit charred. Stir, and continue cooking until Brussels sprouts are lightly charred, bright green, and fork-tender.
When the sprouts are done, add the bacon and chopped dates to the pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, orange zest, maple syrup, and miso paste. Whisk until smooth. Slowly pour the sauce into the skillet and continue cooking until the sauce thickens, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the toasted hazelnuts and serve.
Nutrition Information per Serving:
Calories: 180 Protein: 7g Carbs: 23g Fat: 8g Fiber: 5g