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I was one of those kids that never liked Brussels Sprouts. Heck I don’t even think I tasted one til I was well into adulthood. Then along came Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts to change my mind. The combination of sweet maple syrup, smokey bacon and crunchy pecans turns this side dish into quite the tasty treat! But it’s not just the flavor that makes this dish a winner, it’s also the cooking method. You’ll find that these sprouts are cooked to absolute perfection; not too crunchy and not at all mushy. Don’t be surprised if you start popping this green veggie like candy. No matter what they’re served with this little green powerhouse will steal the show. I know I’ll be going for seconds!
First things first Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts wouldn’t be as tasty without the bacon. This is not an ingredient that you want to skip! Start by roughly cutting the bacon into chunks. Then add the bacon to a skillet and cook over medium heat until it gets nice and crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet with a slotted spoon and blot it with paper towels to remove any excess grease. Discard any remaining grease in the skillet and wipe clean.Next we’ve gotta wash and trim the Brussels sprouts. Using a knife, slice off the ends and remove any leaves that aren’t quite top notch. We want our sprouts to look as perfect as they’re gonna taste. Cut an “X” into the core of each sprout. No need to go deep, a quarter of an inch will do just fine.
Place 6 Tablespoons of butter into the same skillet. Heat over medium until the butter us melted. Add the Brussels sprouts to the skillet and saute about 4-5 minutes until lightly browned. Give the sprouts a stir once or twice while cooking.
Mix in the chicken broth, pecans, maple syrup, and salt and pepper. I love that this recipe using classic ingredients that you probably already have on hand, but packs such a wallop of flavor. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover the skillet and continue to cook and stir for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are tender.
Sprinkle in the bacon and enjoy! Congratulations!! You just cooked up a batch of the most delicious Brussels sprouts that you’ve ever tasted. Maple Bacon Brussels sprouts are simple, they’re delicious, and they’re most definitely a side dish you can feel good about. Wanna make it a meal? Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts pairs perfectly with our Apple Cider Pork Chops or Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken!
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- 10 bacon strips, chopped
- 2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Step 1 Roughly cut the bacon into chunks. Add the bacon to a skillet and cook over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon. Blot with a paper towel to remove any excess grease. Discard remaining grease from the skillet and wipe clean.
- Step 2 Wash and trim the Brussels sprouts. Slice off the ends and remove any wilting leaves. Cut an “X” into the core of each sprout, about 1/4 inch deep.
- Step 3 Heat 6 Tablespoons of butter in the same skillet. Add the Brussels sprouts and saute over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir occasionally.
- Step 4 Mix in the chicken broth, pecans, maple syrup, and salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover the skillet and continue to cook and stir for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are tender.
- Step 5 Sprinkle in the bacon and enjoy!!
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Looking for the perfect last minute side to bring to your holiday gathering? Well Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans are here to help! Dress up green beans with a delicious maple glaze that’s simple, sweet, and savory. A little splash of Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple takes this easy recipe to the next level. These are not your Grandma’s green beans. I’m talking flavor-packed, jaw dropping, make you beg for seconds type of amazing! Loaded up with savory bacon, delicious onions, tart cranberries, sweet maple syrup and a wallop of whisky, seriously how could you go wrong? Your family will be talking about this show stopper all year long.
Here’s all you’ll need: green beans, onion, bacon, dried cranberries, maple syrup, salt and pepper, and Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple.
First things first let’s trim and cut the green beans. To really save time you can buy cut beans at the grocery store. Frozen green beans will work in a pinch too!
Fill a large stock pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the green beans once the water begins to boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a low boil and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain the water and set aside.
Meanwhile roughly chop the bacon and add it to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Next add in the chopped onion. Continue to cook over medium heat until the bacon is crisp and the onion is tender. You’ll want to stir constantly towards the end so they don’t stick to the pan.
Turn the heat down to low, then mix in the cranberries. Stir in the maple syrup, Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple, and season with salt and pepper. We first heard about Tennessee Apple when we toured the Jack Daniels Distillery back in September. I knew it would be an instant hit in our house but I didn’t realize just how much of a staple it would be until I added it to this recipe. Seriously so good!
Lastly add the green beans back to the skillet and toss to combine until the beans are heated through. We want everything green bean to be smothered and covered in that delicious whisky maple glaze!! Things that make you go Mmmmmmm…….
Move over green bean casserole there’s a new star in town! I’m not asking you to make this Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans, I’m telling you that you absolutely HAVE to!!! Just trust me on this one. Looking for Thanksgiving sides that are both easy and delicious? Try our Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing or Aunt Lisa’s Sweet Potato Casserole too!
Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans
- 3 cups cut fresh green beans
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 5 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple
- Step 1 Rinse and trim the green beans. Fill a large stock pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the green beans once the water begins to boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a low boil and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain the water and set aside.
- Step 2 Chop the bacon and add it to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add in the chopped onion. Continue to cook over medium heat until the bacon is crisp and the onion is tender.
- Step 3 Turn the heat down to low, then mix in the cranberries. Stir in the maple syrup, Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple, and season with salt and pepper.
- Step 4 Add the green beans to the skillet and toss to combine until the beans are heated through. Enjoy!
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How do you make dessert even better? Make it into an adorable hand-held mini size! Maple Pecan Tarts are a darling little spinoff of your family’s favorite classic Pecan Pie. Pecan Pie is a holiday staple at our Thanksgiving table (along with squash and apple too!). So I knew my family would love this pint sized recipe that just tastes like the holidays. The melt in your mouth maple pecan filling is rich and dreamy and just oozing with nostalgia. Pair that with an easy to assemble, delectable tart crust, and Maple Pecan Tarts are sure to bring everyone home for the holidays. You’ll be making memories with every bite!
Here’s all you’ll need: butter, cream cheese, flour, eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and pecan halves.
First let’s make that absolutely wonderful tart crust. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of butter and cream cheese until nice and smooth. It’s easier to work with if they’re both softened a bit. Toss them in the microwave for 30 seconds or so if you need to. I’m just here to make your life easier! You’re welcome!
Next gradually beat in the flour, half a cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Shape it into a ball and then flatten into a disc. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour or until firm. Trust me, it’s SO worth the wait!!
Remove the dough from the fridge and divide it into 12 equal as can be portions. Shape each portion into a ball and roll it out on a lightly floured surface, to form a 5-inch circle. If you find the dough to be too firm, just warm it up with your hands a little bit. The heat from your hands will naturally make it more pliable.
Transfer each portion to a 4-inch tart pan (with removable bottom). Press the dough into the tart pan and trim any excess dough that hangs over the edges. Place the tarts on a baking sheet (it makes them much easier to handle) and refrigerate for 20 minutes. You can line the baking sheets with parchment paper if you like for an even easier cleanup.
Meanwhile let’s mix up that amazing Maple Pecan Tart filling. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, 2/3 cup melted butter, vanilla extract and a dash of salt. I grew up in Niagara Falls, NY, right on the border of Canada, so maple syrup is a must in the flavor department!
Pour about 1/4 of a cup of filling into each tart shell. Be careful not to overfill or you’ll have maple pecan filling oozing over the sides.
Finally arrange the pecans on top of the filling. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the centers are just about set. This is one of the only times in your life when you can be happy about a little jiggle! Remove from the oven and transfer Maple Pecan Tarts to wire racks to cool.
Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, you can have whatever you like! I’d love to hear some of your variations!! Make your Thanksgiving dessert table one to remember this year and try our Ginger Streusel Pumpkin Pie, Over The Top Apple Pie Cheesecake or Apple Hand Pies!
Maple Pecan Tarts
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Dash salt
- 3 cups pecan halves
- Step 1 In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the flour, half a cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Shape it into a ball and then flatten into a disc. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour or until firm.
- Step 2 Remove the dough from the fridge and divide it into 12 equal as can be portions. Shape each portion into a ball and roll it out to form a 5-inch circle. Transfer each portion to a 4-inch tart pan (with removable bottom). Press the dough into the tart pan and trim any excess that hangs over the edges. Place the tarts on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Step 3 In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, 2/3 cup melted butter, vanilla extract and a dash of salt. Pour about 1/4 of a cup of filling into each tart shell. Be careful not to overfill.
- Step 4 Arrange the pecans on top of the filling. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the centers are just about set. Cool on a wire racks. Enjoy!
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