With their inherent bitterness and capacity to caramelize, brussels sprouts quickly became a natural accompaniment for heavier flavors like bacon. With its high levels of fat and salt, it brings a lot to the table; my favorite brussels sprouts recipe makes use of bacon fat to complement the pepper jelly-based sauce. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what to serve with brussels sprouts and bacon, particularly if you don’t want to have meat as a main.
To stop you from running into the same problems as I have, here are 7 main dishes to serve with brussels sprouts and bacon. To cut the fat and bitterness in the brussels, these dishes tend to have slightly more prominent sweet and sour notes.
- Ginger-Soy Pork Tenderloin
- Orange-Glazed Chicken Stir-fry
- Chicken Salad w/ Walnuts & Cranberries
- Salmon in Lemon-Dill Sauce
- Simple Pecan Pesto Sauce on Homemade Fettuccine
- Za’atar Roasted Carrots w/ Sumac Yogurt Sauce
- Falafel Balls w/ Lemon Garlic Hummus
There are many more options when it comes to what protein goes well with brussels sprouts & bacon, as that depends on how the protein was prepared. Generally, you’ll want to opt for proteins which fill the flavor gaps in brussels sprouts and bacon; that is, foods with citrus, vinegar, wine, honey, and other sweet & sour flavors.