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Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

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Whether you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving gathering or are a guest who plans to contribute a dish, chances are you’re wondering what you can serve that will not only be delicious but will also be m.e.l.t.-compliant and nutritious.

We’ve got a great suggestion for you: Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts. Chances are that if you ate them in your youth, you had them steamed or boiled and you didn’t like them very much. But when Brussels sprouts are oven-roasted–as in this recipe–they develop a softer, mellower flavor with a hint of sweetness.

Brussels sprouts are rich in many valuable nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are a very good source of numerous nutrients including folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. All that nutrition in a delicious, cute little “baby cabbage”—what’s not to love?

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Serves 6-8

Because your or your host’s oven(s) will be busy baking the Thanksgiving feast, you will want to make this appetizer a few hours ahead of time. Note that this appetizer cannot be held overnight in the refrigerator.

Ingredients:

  • 10 slices uncured, nitrate-free bacon
  • 10 Brussels sprouts; washed, dried, cut in half lengthwise
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Mustard Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup Fage Total or 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs organic country Dijon or smooth Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Make the Mustard Dipping Sauce ahead of time:  In a small dish, stir together yogurt, mustard, honey, garlic powder, and black pepper.  Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap; refrigerate until needed.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Microwave 10 bacon slices between layers of paper towels, in 2 batches, on HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Cut slices in half crosswise.
  3. Wrap a bacon piece around each Brussels sprout half; secure with a wooden pick. Place sprouts, cut sides down, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bacon is crisp and Brussels sprouts are tender. Allow sprouts to cool enough to handle.
  4. Remove sprouts from baking sheet and arrange on a microwave-safe platter. Lightly cover to transport them.
  5. When ready to serve, microwave the platter of sprouts for 30 seconds or until hot. Serve with Mustard Dipping Sauce.

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JC

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