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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Cranberries

Today is December 1st, so it seems only fitting that I share a brussels sprout recipe, right? Since we're into December does that mean I can share a Christmas cracker joke with you guys? I know they're terrible, but they're meant to be terrible! Whatever you said - I'm going to anyway. What's the most popular Christmas wine?

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"I don't like brussels sprouts!!!" Get it?

People tend to go either way when it comes to brussels sprouts - some hate them (well, most hate them) and some love them (me!). When you take one of the most popular Christmas recipes on the planet and turn it up a notch with crispy pan-cooked brussels sprouts, deliciously smoky bacon and tart-yet-sweet chewy cranberries, there's no way the words "hate" and "brussels sprouts" are going to be heard in the same sentence - not in your house, anyway!

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When it comes to Christmas side dish recipes, I always go all out - crispy roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary, fragrant Christmas cabbage with Asian spices and easy cranberry sauce with red wine are just a handful of the delicious treats you could expect to gorge on if you were to turn up at the Pink Recipe Box household on Christmas Day.

But please don't - I've only got enough food to feed two people (plus another two, another two and another two, but I intend to eat those for leftovers for the entire week afterward) and I'd hate to turn you down and shut the door in your face after handing you a take out menu, you know?

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But back to the Christmas brussels sprout recipes! These brussels sprouts couldn't be any further away from the soggy, overly-powerful, smelly things you probably got served up as a child. Because they're cooked in a frying pan, the edges are deliciously crisp and crunchy, the smoky bacon adds the most decadent flavour and the somehow tart-yet-sweet cranberries just top the whole thing off and cement this as 100% a Christmas dish.

How do you plan on serving up your brussels sprouts on Christmas day?

📖 Recipe

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Cranberries |

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Cranberries

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 -4 servings


  • 4 slices smoky bacon
  • 2 cups halved brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries chopped


  • Finely chop the bacon and toss it into a hot frying pan.
  • Cook for around 10 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Add the brussels sprouts into the frying pan with the bacon grease and cook over a medium-high heat for 20 minutes, until the edges are crisp and the brussels sprouts are fully cooked through.
  • Add the cooked bacon and dried cranberries back into the pan and stir.
  • Cook for a final 5 minutes and serve immediately whilst hot.

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  1. Jenny

    Mmm, these look delicious. I bought some Brussel Sprouts at Sam's the other week with bacon and chive butter, delicious!

  2. Joy @ Yesterfood

    HA! I love your Christmas cracker joke!! Your recipe got my attention immediately- I love brussels sprouts, and I've had them with bacon, but never with cranberries! It sounds wonderful- and the red and green makes it festive for Christmas! Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! 🙂

  3. Miz Helen

    I love the addition of the Cranberries to this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Ashley @

    Haha love that joke! Just stopping by to let you know that your recipe was the Most Viewed in this week's What'd You Do This Weekend, and will be featured in tonight's linkup! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Pinned!

  5. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    I love Brussels cooked like this, wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  6. Nici

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!