History with a Side of Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
These maple bacon brussels sprouts are the ultimate side dish. But before we talk about them, we have to address something. If you read my last post, you know this month is going to be full of Fall/Thanksgiving inspired recipes.
That said, I have some real issues with Thanksgiving. It’s history, rooted in the genocide of the Native American people, makes it one of the most problematic holidays in our country. After learning about this history in college (that’s right, this was left out in elementary, middle, and high school), what used to be my favorite holiday became an uncomfortable time. Growing up with parents who both immigrated to the states, it felt wrong to ignore the injustice everyone else celebrated.
For a couple years, I tried to pretend the holiday didn’t exist. And as much as I wanted to help encourage change and awareness, it was truly depressing shutting myself out. Being sad and alone on a day that used to be about celebrating food like these maple bacon brussels sprouts and gathering with loved ones wasn’t serving anyone. It also felt like I was missing out on one of my favorite times of the year: Fall harvest.
Years and several deep conversations later, I try to create a balance. It’s not perfect and I hope to be able to do more every year. There is always help to be done in our communities, whether it’s giving back by volunteering your time or donating what you can to marginalized groups. Here is one organization you can help spread awareness to with a simple tweet: Native Women’s Equal Pay. Join me in doing the research locally and seeing how you can give back this month.
Doing what I can helps me to enjoy Thanksgiving as not a historical holiday, but a celebration of family and food. A day to make flavorful dishes like these bacon maple brussels sprouts and share with the people I love most. A day to reflect on the state of our country in a safe space where all opinions and ideas are heard and valued.
Before anyone comments on how poor in taste it is to mix blogging with politics, I ask: why have a brand/business if I can’t speak my mind? I encourage you to comment below sharing what thanksgiving means to you.
About the Sprouts
These brussels sprouts are perfect. Imagine crispy bacon and sprouts tossed in maple syrup and bacon grease; it’s a home run. But don’t take my word, try them for yourself!
Before We Get Started…
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- 4 cups of brussels sprouts, halved
- 5 slices of thick cut bacon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cook your bacon just until it starts to become golden brown, reserving 1 tbsp of the grease.
- On a parchment paper lined pan, add brussels sprouts, bacon grease, bacon, salt, and pepper. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Drizzle the maple syrup on the sprouts, mix and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the edges.
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