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Bacon Cashew Brussels Sprouts

Bacon Cashew Brussel Sprouts. This recipe will get ’em eating their sprouts! A must have side dish for Thanksgiving or the Holidays!

Bacon Cashew Brussel Sprouts

Bacon Cashew Brussels Sprouts

Originally published Dec 2009.

It seems at this time of year, everyone is looking for different side dishes for their holiday feast. Today we feature a great idea to dress up one of the most reviled of green vegetables, the dreaded brussels sprout.

As with so many other green vegetables, like asparagus and broccoli, overcooking is generally what brings out the bitterness in these vegetables and makes them unpalatable to many folks. I just can’t stand them when they are overcooked.

Close up of brussels sprouts.

Even brussels sprout haters will love these!

I have to confess that I was never a fan but I gobble these right up. We had these at dinner last night and even my 11 year old asked for seconds!!

As a general rule, if these sorts of vegetables lose their intense green colour and start to turn to dark green, then I refuse to eat them. It is a sure sign that they have been overcooked to practically inedible.

I particularly like this recipe because I can pre-cook the brussels sprouts ahead of time, immediately immerse them in ice water to stop the cooking action and preserve their colour. I then toss them in the garlic butter, bacon and cashews to finish them off immediately before serving.

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Bacon Cashew Brussel Sprouts
Yield: 8 servings

Bacon and Cashew Brussels Sprouts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Bacon Cashew Brussel Sprouts. This recipe will get 'em eating their sprouts! A must have side dish for Thanksgiving or the Holidays!


  • 2 pounds fresh brussels sprouts, with the ends trimmed and cut in half
  • 8 slices smoked bacon, cut in small pieces
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cashews, toasted
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper


  1. Boil the sprouts in salted water for 5 minutes before dropping them directly into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking action.
  2. In a large saute pan cook the bacon until crisp.
  3. Drain all the bacon fat away and add the butter and garlic. Cook only to soften the garlic, do not brown it.
  4. Toss the sprouts back into the pan with the garlic butter, bacon and add the cashews, lemon juice and pepper.
  5. Toss together over high heat for only a minute or two until the sprouts are warmed through. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 264Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 27mgSodium 391mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 4gSugar 7gProtein 10g

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Wednesday 17th of December 2014

i never would have added cashews. This will be one side dish with Christmas dinner. Thank you Barry!!!!!

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