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Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts with Maple Bacon Glaze
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Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussel Sprouts with Maple Bacon Glaze

Butternut squash and brussel sprouts coated with a maple and bacon glaze and then roasted to perfection. The smell of these veggies cooking will leave you counting the minutes until they are done. 
Course Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 lb brussel sprouts
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp bacon fat (coconut oil or olive oil works as well)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/16 tsp clove, ground
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • zest orange
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh sage

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange bacon on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in oven until browned but not burnt. Set bacon aside and pour bacon fat from tray into small bowl. 
  • Increase oven temperature to 425F and have large baking sheet ready. 
  • Peel the butternut squash. Slice in half length wise and remove seeds. Chop into 1” pieces. Slice brussel sprouts in half if large. Put sprouts and sqush into large mixing bowl. 
  • In the small bowl you will need about 3-4 tbsp of fat so, if not enough bacon fat rendered, add in some coconut oil (olive oil will work) to reach needed amount. 
  • Into the bowl with bacon fat, add in the maple syrup, cinnamon, clove, salt, and orange zest. Whisk together. Taste for seasoning. May need to add extra salt if bacon wasn’t overly salty. 
  • Pour the maple mixture over the squash and sprouts. Sprinkle in the sage and rosemary. Stir to coat the vegetables. 
  • On large baking sheet, spread squash and sprout mixture
  • Roast in oven until tender rotating pan 90-180 degrees halfway through cooking. Baking time is about 35-45 minutes. 
  • Chop bacon into nickel sized pieces. In serving bowl, stir in bacon with roasted veggies. Finish with additional salt and pepper, if needed.