Bacon and Gorgonzola Brussels Sprouts

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I know that we’ve been talking about some unsexy veggies, but dudes, we are into the second week of November and we need to be riding the side dish train.  Thanksgiving’s a coming!  I don’t know about y’all, but Thanksgiving for me is not so much about the turkey – although it’s good on the smoker!  I’m all about the sides.  OMG! #Stuffing!




I have to confess.  I could make the whole meal out of stuffing and Brussels sprouts.  Oh.  And I can’t forget my one true love – potatoes.  Mashed.  With butter, roasted garlic, and gravy.  I would’t turn down some goat cheese either.  I digress.  And confess.  I have not been a lover of the Brussels for very long. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating.  Don’t be a Brussels hater.  If they’re done right you’ll love them.




Now that I love the sprout, we have this little veggie a lot.  We don’t hide it in the closet until the holidays.  It’s always a hit at dinner parties, so we usually bust out the bacon, gorgonzola, and Brussels for both regular dinners and special occasions.  It’s that good and that flexible.  It fits in anywhere with those events that are appropriate for either old blue jeans or the LBD.




I first fell in love with the Brussels at a restaurant in Hickory, NC about a year ago.  We went to Hickory for a beer judging event and had dinner at The Station.  These Bacon Gorgonzola Brussels were on the sides menu.  I did my best to recreate them.  We love them.  So when I was thinking about what I want on my TG table and what sides I can share with you, these BS were at the top of the list.




I shared them about a year ago right after I discovered that I actually like the Brussels when made right, but the pics were lost when I relaunched my website.  So we are doing this thing again.  I also saw the error of my ways and changed the recipe to one skillet and cooking them up in some of the bacon grease.

Give BS a chance with bacon and gorgonzola or try some others:

Brussels Sprouts with Roasted Chestnuts and Cider Vinaigrette by Beer Girl Cooks

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Browned Butter Drizzle by Ciao Chow Bambina

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onion Gratin by No Spoon Necessary

Roasted Brussels Sprout, Apple, and Quinoa Salad by Veganosity

Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Pecans, and Balsamic Drizzle by The Local Vegan

Creamy Roasted Brussels Sprout and Quinoa Gratin by Cookie and Kate

Miso Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries by Life Made Sweeter

Here’s a roundup by Cooking LSL

Shaved Broccoli Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad with Truffle Parmesan Dressing by Blogging Over Thyme

Roasted Brussels Sprouts  with Horseradish Honey-Mustard Glaze by The Beach House Kitchen


Bacon and Gorgonzola Brussels Sprouts

Bacon and Gorgonzola Brussels Sprouts


  • 3 pieces of thick cut applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 16 ounces Brussels sprouts, cleaned, trimmed, tough outer leaves removed, and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons gorgonzola crumbles


  1. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat, add bacon, and cook until crispy, 3-5 minutes
  2. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain
  3. Discard all the bacon grease except 2 tablespoons - leave in pan
  4. Heat the bacon grease up to medium high and add Brussels sprouts, cook for 5 minutes, stirring often
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until softened, but still with texture, not soggy, stirring every few minutes
  6. Add gorgonzola and bacon pieces, cover and cook another couple of minutes until cheese is melted
  7. Stir and serve
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32 Responses to Bacon and Gorgonzola Brussels Sprouts

  1. Yep…we are in total agreement about the sides for Thanksgiving. Other than that first little piece of dark meat that I tear off, the moment the bird comes out of the oven…oh my! So these sprouts are the bomb! Bacon? Yes, please! Thanks for including my recipe, my dear! So sweet!

  2. I am ALLLLL about the side dishes on T-Day too, girlfriend! I like to make a big food mountain, pile them all on top of each other and just go to town! 🙂 Brussels are one of my favs and I am totally digging yours! I mean bacon and gorgonzola? So.Much.Yaaahhhss! I just ate brussels for breakfast (don’t judge), and I am wishing they were THESE sprouts! Beyond fabulous my dear! Thanks so much for including my recipe, girlfriend! I’m honored!! (<– insert blushing here). Cheers doll and thanks for making me hungry! xoxo

    • I would totally not judge you for eating the BS for breakfast! Now, we have to talk about this pile though. I can appreciate your need to go to town on a pile of sides, but I just can’t be having my foods touching. Except for topping my mashed potatoes with gravy. Then corn. I know. I’m weird. Cheers! XO

  3. I’m a huge fan of Brussels sprouts and adding bacon and gorgonzola just sent this dish through the roof! I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year and I’ve been on the look-out for a great sprouts recipe. Thanks so much for this incredible dish!

  4. I love BS but especially when they are coated with Gorgonzola and bacon. I keep missing that side dish train and need to get on it soon. I just made some more spicy bacon and I’m going to use it in your recipe this weekend…paired with a steak and a big bottle of Pinot noir. It’s gonna be a good weekend 🙂

    • OMG! That homemade spicy bacon would be awesome in here. If you are you. Or Chris. Or someone not a weenie (looking in the mirror here) about spicy! DO IT! And that steak and Pinot sound fantastic! What time’s dinner?

  5. The sides are always my favorite part of any holiday meal! These brussels sprouts sound amazing with the bacon and Gorgonzola! Love that it’s made in one skillet – they look gorgeous! Thanks so much for including my dish too 🙂

  6. I used to hate Brussels…well, I used to think I hated Brussels. But then I had them prepared correctly, and holy cow. I am addicted now! Try grilling them in the summer…they’re delicious. I am all about this bacon + gorgonzola combo, and I absolutely need this in my kitchen. Like today. For breakfast.

    • Exactly! Me too, David. I don’t think we have ever grilled them. How is that possible?!?! I totally support Brussels for breakfast! They do have bacon….

  7. Lol!! My husband and I ate at The Old Hickory Station last night and I had those Brussels. Hence, my search for a recipe! Can’t wait to try these.

  8. This recipe was great! I had a frozen pack of brussel sprouts that I swore would use one day but had no clue what to do it with it. This was the perfect recipe. Hubby and daughter ate it and loved it. Looking forward to trying more recipes.

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