Bacon Brussels Spouts ! (AKA: Tiny Cabbages and Bacon)

October  6, 2013
3 Ratings
Photo by Colleen Sowa
  • Serves 12
Author Notes

This is an old family favorite from my grandmother Mabel Kennedy Sullivan. She use to make this for our family when I was a little girl. She inspired me to try new things and experiment with foods! My grandchildren ask me to make this often, my six year old grandson calls this "Tiny Cabbages and Bacon".
We serve this all year long for dinner, parties and pot lucks... it is so simple and easy yet everyone seems to love it! —Colleen Sowa

What You'll Need
  • 4 pounds Brussels Spouts
  • 1 pound bacon (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup water (to get drippings from pan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white or black pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar of choice (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  1. Chop up the sliced bacon. Fry in a large skillet on medium heat until bacon it crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and place in a bowl until needed. Using the same large skillet: put Brussels sprouts in and cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add water and spices, cover skillet with lid. cook for about 10 to 12 minutes longer. Remove lid and add any of the optional ingredients at this time. Gently stir with slotted spoon. Stir in most of the bacon (saving some for optional garnish) *Serve individually or in a large dish.

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3 Reviews

Colleen S. October 6, 2013
I hope you try this recipe... enjoy!
Talie L. August 22, 2015
I made this dish last Winter and loved it! From a Brussel sprout absolute disliker, it seemed very strange to salivate after reading your recipe! And here I go again; first snow fall, and I had to grab some sprouts at the store again. Thanks for sharing your Grandma Mabel's recipe. It makes sprouts, and the impending Winter delicious!!
Colleen S. August 25, 2015
Thank you so much Talie Levbroom! So happy that you enjoy this recipe.... we just made this two days ago, all of my grandchildren still love this recipe....xo