Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts bring flavor to cooked bacon in this cheesy side dish, ready in just an hour's time.


10 servings


1 1/4 pound Brussels sprouts (1 to 1 1/2 inch), cut in half (5 cups)*
6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 large onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). In 3-quart saucepan, place Brussels sprouts; add enough water just to cover. Heat to boiling; boil 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and return to saucepan; set aside.

Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels and set aside. Drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from skillet.

Add butter to bacon fat in skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until butter is melted. Add onion; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender. Add flour, thyme and pepper; cook and stir until well blended. Gradually stir in half-and-half and bouillon granules. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in Parmesan cheese.

Pour sauce over Brussels sprouts in saucepan; mix gently. Spoon into 2-quart casserole.

Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, sprinkling with crumbled bacon and Cheddar cheese for last 10 minutes of baking, until hot and bubbly.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Additional Information

* Remove any discolored outer leaves and trim discolored portion of stem ends of Brussels sprouts.


Cheesy Bacon Green Beans: Omit Brussels sprouts. In step 1, place 1 bag (1 pound) frozen cut green beans and 2 tablespoons water in 2-quart microwavable casserole. Cover and microwave on HIGH 5 minutes; drain and set aside. Continue as directed.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 70), Total Fat 8 g (Saturated Fat 4 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 20 mg; Sodium 330 mg; Total Carbohydrate 8 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 3 g), Protein 6 g; Exchanges: 1 Vegetable; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2

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