Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

by jerseygirl on October 16, 2011 · 32 comments

Something big happened in my kitchen last week. I was able to get my husband to eat Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. He didn’t just try them. He took the leftovers to lunch the next day. Add a little bacon to some vegetables and some magic things will happen. The balsamic vinegar helped too.  I guarantee if you try this dish, you will want more. I think it would be a a great addition to a Thanksgiving menu if you want something a little more than ordinary vegetables.  Now I am thinking about what other vegetables I can add bacon and balsamic vinegar to. Have any ideas?

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

2 TBS olive oil, divided
11/4 lb bacon, chopped (I used apple wood bacon)
1 1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and halved
3 cups cubed butternut squash
3 TBS balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large saute pan, heat the 1 TBS of oil (reserve other TBS) on medium heat. Cook the bacon for 5 minutes or until it starts to crisp. Add the Brussels sprouts and butternut squash to the pan and cook for a few more minutes. Transfer the veggies and bacon to a roasting pan and toss with the remaining oil, vinegar, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the squash and sprouts are caramelized. Makes 6 generous servings.

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Autumn@Good Eats Girl October 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Oh, wow! This sounds amazing! I need to buy brussel sprouts next time I'm at the store!


Katrina October 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I love brussel sprouts and squash. My husband likes squash okay, but won't even try brussel sprouts when I've made them. (Even roasted and yummy like this.) sigh All the more for me. πŸ˜‰


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Mari October 17, 2011 at 12:12 am

Mouthwatering! It very rare to see brussel sprouts in the market here, but when I do see it next time, I will prepare this dish. Thanks.


Shelby October 17, 2011 at 5:12 am

Grumpy is there with Katrina's hubby…he won't even try brussel sprouts…so I don't bother to make them. But man, this looks so good, caramelized and with the vinegar and sweetness of the squash, yum!


Erica October 17, 2011 at 8:02 am

That looks fantastic to me!! I am a huge brussels fan


LaPhemmePhoodie October 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

I'm usually not a big fan of brussel sprouts but this flavor combo sounds like it might make me a convert. Bacon makes everything better!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

great way to serve Brussels Sprouts


That Girl October 17, 2011 at 10:13 am

bacon helps my husband with brussels sprouts too.


Mary October 17, 2011 at 10:16 am

Lisa, these sound delicious. It is no wonder he loved them. I hope all is well. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary


Angela October 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

I love sprouts–those look great, Lisa. Cannot go wrong with bacon and balsamic.


Karen Harris October 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

Holy smokes this looks good. I kind of use the same flavors to cook my collard greens and they are usually gone before I know it. Great recipe.


Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! October 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

This would be perfect for Thanksgiving!


Feast on the Cheap October 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm

This is my favorite way to eat Brussels!


BigBearswife October 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Super looking brussel sprouts! Perfect side dish


teresa October 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm

this is such a gorgeous side dish, love it!


Ciao Chow Linda October 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I went out and bought some bacon after seeing this. Brussels sprouts are all ready to go.


Kathy - Panini Happy October 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Bacon and balsamic will do it every time. πŸ™‚ Looks wonderful, Lisa!


Kathleen October 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

What a fab combo!


The Japanese Redneck October 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I know this was tasty.


Dan October 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

That looks excellent – I've never thought about roasting squash with balsamic – it must bring out a great flavour!

For some reason, my wife just won't eat Brussels sprouts. I think she had a traumatic experience when she was a kid.

I might give the roasting a shot and see if she gives it a go.


Suzanne October 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Making this tonight! Roast chicken, southern yellow squash and Brussels sprouts. YUM!


Rosa's Yummy Yums October 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

What a fabulous dish and combination! Very yummy.




Ann October 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

Wow – this is absolutely STUNNING! My husband loves brussels sprouts, but there are only so many ways you can cook them…thank you so much for coming up with another way!


Susan November 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

even more “stunning” is to roast this “en papillote.” Each person gets their own little package; nice touch for an intimate dinner party. Listen to the “oohs” and “ahs” as each guest open their package and the aromas waft out.
oooooooh. aaahhhhhhh


Chrissy @ October 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Oh my oh my, so good! Brussels and bacon are such a good combo!


benefits of sprouting January 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Yum, yum, and YUM! I don’t know what it is about the winter months that make me crave brussel sprouts like mad! Do you grow your own?


Susan November 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

Toss some sage leaves into the saute, then add some chunks of apple before you roast the mixture. Yummmm!


Tara December 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

this dish has all my favorite foods! My sis made it and loved it and shared on Facebook, which led me to your great blog. I’ve got tons of squash, and this is gonna taste great.


Tara December 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

i’m going to add toasted pine nuts to this great looking recipe!


LuAnn January 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm



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