Salads are all up in Monday!

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I don’t mind being cliché when things taste good.

Hi hi hi . How was your weekend? Did you happen to eat a whole plate of burrata and buy four cans of truffle salt at Trader Joe’s like I did? Or maybe you watched Love Actually three times because I certainly didn’t do that. I also didn’t forget that I had on a face mask and tried driving to the grocery store.

Interesting.

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Something I definitely did was continue my Brussels sprouts binge. If you told me five years ago that I’d be buying these little green nuggets in bulk, I’d have laughed in your face. On Tuesday I asked Eddie if he could stop at the store on his way home and buy five containers of them.

Oh yes I did.

I can’t even fully describe my love for Brussels sprouts right now. It’s like a moth to a flame. Last week, for three days in a row, I ate almost an entire POUND at dinnertime. I’d be all sneaky and prep them for our side dish but I would start early… accidentally on purpose. Which meant that by the time my husband got home, I had devoured spoonful after spoonful of roasted sprouts and then before I knew it, they’d be gone.

I don’t know what that means. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

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And the darn thing is that you wouldn’t even BELIEVE how I have managed to trash them up. I’ve made three Brussels recipes that I can hardly wait to share with you. They’re pretty embarrassing. I’m wondering… is there anything I won’t put Brussels sprouts in? At this point, probably not.

Except for cookies. Not cookies. Promise.

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My favorite thing about this salad is that it works well when served warm or cold – just depends on your preference. It’s low maintenance. Which is so unlike me. Pears are so perfect and ripe right about now that I left them completely plain, sort of just accompanying the salad. A hint of salt and pepper goes a looooong way when sprinkled on top.

The Brussels are cooked in bacon grease (gah, you should see the mason jar full in my fridge – it’s a collection I’m proud of) then tossed with pure maple syrup and crumbled blue cheese. It’s almost embarrassingly easy to make but the flavors POP.

Plus it’s sorta pretty. And pretty food always wins.

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Maple Bacon Brussels, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Yield: serves 2 to 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

4 sliced thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 pound brussel stems, stems removed and sliced
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large ripe pear, thinly sliced
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Directions:

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to remove any extra grease.

Add the brussels to the bacon grease still in the skillet and stir to coat. Cook until the sprouts begin to soften, about 5 minutes, then stir in the maple syrup. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, stirring, then season with the salt and the pepper. Add the bacon back into the skillet and add half of the cheese, stirring to combine.

Add the brussels to a plate or bowl and add the pear slices on top. Add a sprinkle of pepper if desired and crumble the remaining. blue cheese over top.

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It’s also reeeeeally good with chicken on top. Swear.

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59 Responses to “Maple Bacon Brussels, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad.”

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    Kim in MD — November 25, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    I love Brussels sprouts! This looks so delicious, Jessica. I smiled when I read you have a mason jar of bacon drippings in your fridge, cause I do, too!

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    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — November 25, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    I just grew to have a brussel sprout obsession! Plus bacon…plus blue cheese…plus pears…plus maple…? Doing the math here and that can only equal oh-my-gosh-get-in-ma’-face! This looks so delish Jessica!

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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — November 25, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    These pictures are gorgeous! I am with you on the Brussels. I could eat them every day at every meal for the rest of my life. Obsessed. Also your face mask story is so funny…almost as bad as me running to a yoga class and realizing I wasn’t wearing a BRA. Almost.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 25, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    I would definitely eat this in bulk. I’m sure my stomach would love that.

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    Sini — November 25, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    What a great recipe. Can’t wait to make this salad! Brussels sprouts rock.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — November 25, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    If only you could re create this for me everyday, I will be very happy girl. I swear your photography is mouth watering even on something as simple as salad

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    Valerie — November 25, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Did ya know a Trader Joes sells them already shredded?! :-) YUM!!!
    This salad looks AMAZING!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 25, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    I didn’t do some of the weekend activities you listed this weekend, BUT I did also eat nearly a pound of Brussels sprouts in one meal! And you have just reminded me that it’s Love Actually season. I WILL be watching it (perhaps multiple times) next weekend!

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — November 25, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    It IS pretty! Love it!

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    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — November 25, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Yes to truffle salt at TJ’s! Love this salad…and the fact that I’m not the only hoarder of bacon grease!

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    Tieghan — November 25, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Give me all the Brussels Sprouts and blue cheese, I love them!! This salad is so pretty and the flavors sound spot on perfect!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 25, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    Your salad is just beautiful! Love the addition of blue cheese!!! I am so craving Brussels sprouts right now!!

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    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — November 25, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Sorta pretty? I don’t think so. This salad is supermodel material.

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    Dominique @ That's What Domi Said — November 25, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    So this is like the Kate MIddleton of salads – beautiful, refined, and with some humble beginnings (uh bacon grease, what?) that give it flavor…I mean, character. I’m all about it.

    Even if brussels sprouts do make me bloat up like I”m in my third trimester. Worth it.

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    Happy Valley Chow — November 25, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    That is an absolutely beautiful salad with some lovely flavors! Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — November 25, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    brussels sprouts are seriously the most bizarre obsession – you literally cannot kick it!!! I’ve been eating them like an animal myself and it is seriously offensive. though [thankfully] it is much less offensive then say, my smoked gouda obsessions of yore.

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    bridget350@gmail.com — November 25, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    This salad is GORGEOUS!!! I’ve become a Brussels sprouts lover over the last couple of years, too. I’m questioning my sanity.

    And Love Actually….in my top 3 movies. Maybe top 1. LOVE! Play the soundtrack all the time!!!

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    Nora&Laura — November 25, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    WOW that looks so delicious! i love he first picture!

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    Cate — November 25, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Brussels are my favorite veggie and I get strange looks when I tell people this! I am totally making this next week. Is it bad to throw some roasted turkey on top? Also, I keep a can of bacon grease in my freezer for situations exactly like this! :)

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    Candace @ The Wheatless Kitchen — November 25, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I’m having a love affair with the sprouts right now too! I feel like you and I are a lot alike, so I know that you won’t judge me if I face-planted into these pictures right now. K, great :)

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    annie @ foodierobots.com — November 25, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Wow, this looks amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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    Hellyweg — November 25, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    I’m thinking of doing a brussels sprouts salad this Christmas, in lieu of the overcooked boiled/steamed afterthought they usually are, since I don’t think anyone will miss them that way. (Plus I need to get more bacon on to the table, because clearly pigs in blankets aren’t enough). So I was wondering what the makeaheadability of this kind of thing is?

    Also, do you have a recommended substitute for blue cheese (since there are some blue cheese haters in my household, and apparently at christmas you have consider the feelings of others)?

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    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — November 25, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    Holy moly this flavor combination sounds to die for. You’ve got my wheels spinning for what to make on Turkey Day!

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    pinkelephantbloggin.com (alex) — November 25, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Oh yum!! This sounds amazing!! Will definitely be trying this one!

    http://pinkelephantbloggin.com/

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    allison — November 25, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    I have been practically inhaling brussels sprouts all fall; I used to hate them, and then, enter bacon grease. It’s a game changer.

    Mine have been sauteed in bacon grease, topped with bacon bits, pomegranate seeds, an over-easy egg and parmesan shavings. So good!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 25, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    For the past month, TJ’s in my area has been selling these brussels sprout stalks. They are huge. We’re talking at least 200+ sprouts on each for 2.99! I have no idea how they even sell them so cheaply but I have been going nuts on them! Like a pound a day too. I was actually doing some reading about them and they’re really quite a little miracle food so I say keep it up :)

    Your styling and images in this post are stunning! I love the plate, the silverware, the lighting, and the recipe! Pinned

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    Jennie B — November 25, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing!!

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — November 25, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    I love that you love Brussels sprouts. And that you don’t think they taste like trees.

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    Ali — November 25, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    How did you know about the Burrata?? You have spies everywhere!!!

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    Danae @ thereciperunner — November 25, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    Looks delicious! I might actually get my husband to eat brussels sprouts if I make them this way!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 25, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    You can never have enough Brussels sprouts! I I love buying them on the stalk–they look like ancient torturing devices or something :)

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    Suvannah — November 25, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    I loved this post. Your humour always makes me giggle! I was planning a quinoa fried ‘rice’ for dinner but I think this may very well become the craving of the day! Brussels Sprouts are my favourite vegetable, have been for about a decade! Now, even my 4 year old loves them. And bacon, that’s like my candy! I’m a nomnomnomnivore when it comes to that stuff! :) Thanks for another awesome post!

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    Frankie — November 25, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    This sounds AMAZING and I can’t wait to try it! So many of my favorite things in one salad and my family will love it too. :D

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    Marissa@ohhhsolovely — November 25, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    after a rather indulgent weekend, salads NEED to be happening early this week for me! and this one looks great.

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    Sara — November 25, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    That salad is SO pretty! I love the combination of pears with blue cheese…so good!

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    Laura — November 25, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    This sounds so good! I don’t even really like blue cheese, but I want to make this.

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    Brittany — November 25, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    I’ve been loving sprouts lately too! I ate about a pound for dinner tonight, roasted. :) This salad looks delicious!

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    Sonia — November 26, 2013 @ 2:09 am

    Always looking for new salad ideas and this one looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 26, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Is it okay if I punch this salad with my mouth?

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    Christine — November 26, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Hey Jessica this recipe looks amazing, follow your blog daily its wonderful! I’m considering a Brussels sprout salad for Thanksgiving and this looks perfect, can you use frozen Brussels sprouts or do you recommend fresh? Any frozen recipes you have on the blog? Mainly because I’m also obsessed and have bought so many that I was forced to freeze two bags because I over purchased which was accidental lol if not no biggie more than willing to buy more they are quite delicious! Thank you!!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — November 26, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    Well, no, I only watched ‘Love Actually’ once as a matter of fact; unless you count the number of times that I re-winded it to watch Hugh dance by himself. That I watched 1, 432, 515 times. :)

    Great salad; I’m already ready!

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    Amy Kowbuz — November 26, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight. If its possible, it tastes better than it looks. So good!! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — November 26, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    Brussels sprouts and goat cheese is my current obsession but this salad sounds amazing with blue cheese. Bring on the other recipes. I love Brussels sprouts.

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    Jennie B — December 2, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Yep. This was absolutely delicious. Can’t stop thinking about it.

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    Neha — December 5, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    We made this as a Thanksgiving side dish and it was great! We didn’t have maple syrup so we used honey. Thanks for sharing!

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    Vanessa — December 6, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Linked to this recipe on my blog today! (Aaaand about a million of your other recipes – http://www.glitterglimmersparkleshimmer.com/2013/12/flashback.html). You were apparently all I bookmarked this week! Can’t wait to try this one out!

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    Erin — December 9, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    These were amazing!! Like a Brussels sprout wedge salad. Love love love! Thank you!!

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    Stacy — December 30, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    I made this salad last night and it was delicious! (It was actually my first time trying pears, too. Wow, they are yummy!)
    It was very filling, my bf and I could only eat half salads. Now we have the cold leftovers for today-also good. I would recommmend having a slice of chewy bread to go with it because the blue cheese is so rich. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Chantelle — September 8, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    Ahhh heavenly little jewels, I love me some maple caramelized mini-cabbages anytime. Thanks for the inspiration for the pear harvest coming up :)

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