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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Almonds, Cranberries & Feta

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The other night I was looking for a way to make the brussels sprouts I had into more of a “meal.”  Honestly I hadn’t gone shopping in a while so I was working with what I had leftover in the fridge.  I was having a craving for my favorite roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, but it needed something.  Then I found I had these:

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Dried cranberries, almonds and feta cheese.  The perfect salty-sweet-crunchy combo!  The awesome thing about this recipe…it’s the PERFECT compliment to all of those holiday meals coming up!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Almonds, Cranberries and Feta
Serves 2
A delicious salty-sweet-crunchy version of roasted brussels sprouts!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  2. 20-30 brussels sprouts, halved or quartered
  3. Fresh ground pepper
  4. 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  6. 2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Dice the bacon and cook in a small pan over medium heat for around 10 minutes until lightly browned but not cooked fully.
  3. Depending on the size, half or quarter the brussels sprouts and place on a sheet pan with fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Pour bacon along with the bacon fat over the brussels sprouts and toss to combine.
  5. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes or until browned.
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with almonds, cranberries and feta.
  7. Enjoy!
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This recipe is quick, easy, and absolutely delicious!  I’m pretty sure you could even get the most avid brussels sprouts hater to like these.  Enjoy!

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My First Thanksgiving

Ok well this really wasn’t my first Thanksgiving, but it’s the first one that I’ve spent at home.  Alone with my husband and my cats and it was perfect!  I think part of the reason the B and I aren’t a big fan of the holidays is that it always involves a ton of travel.  Our families live a minimum of 2 hours aways and then when you add in holiday traffic, it becomes an exhausting trek.  We’ve never spent a holiday at home and this year we wanted to make that a priority.  So that’s what we did…  

I was super excited to make my own turkey dinner but I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of a whole bird, so I decided to get a breast and two legs.  I brined them overnight so they would stay moist since the breast was boneless.

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That looks kind of gross….  But it really did help keep them moist, because they both came out delicious.

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Thanksgiving_Turkey_LegsThen I made a TON of sides, like I was having 8 people over.  Stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, carrots…the works!  Can you say leftovers?!?

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And no Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce, you know the good old jellied stuff.

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I also decided to make an apple pie, my first one.  It actually turned out pretty good and I topped it with some delicious caramel from Fat Toad Farm.  YUM!

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Thanksgiving_Apple_PieWe had a great day and have really enjoyed this kind of mini-vacation at home.  Hibernation has been in full effect 🙂  It’s been fun creating our own traditions and enjoying a holiday in our own home.  Yes, I missed my family, but this was really important to us. 

How do you spend your holidays?

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