Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes go great together and this brussels sprouts and sweet potato bacon saute recipe will be a keeper for you for sure.

Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Bacon Saute Recipe

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Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes go great together and this brussels sprout and sweet potato bacon saute recipe will be a keeper for you for sure. It can make a great easy dinner idea for tonight.

Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Bacon Saute cooking in a skillet

We had some brussels sprouts ready in the garden, so as soon as it warmed up enough to take the kids outside to get them, I was going to make something amazing for them.

Tuesday was the only day it got above 40 and we were scheduled to give a tour of our garden to a couple of special visitors, so while we were out there, we hacked off a few stalks and brought them inside to harvest. 

We still have a few sweet potatoes left from our harvest in the fall, we were good to go on this tasty combination of brussels sprout and sweet potato with bacon.

It’s been a while since the kids and I had anything to harvest, so they were pretty excited and took turns pushing the wheelbarrow and carrying the stalks.  It was still pretty chilly and windy outside, so we pulled the sprouts off the stalks at the kitchen table. 

(Never mind what Mr. Kent had to say when he came home and saw the mess, we don’t need to talk about that, but usually we do pull them off outside when it’s not so cold)

harvesting brussels sprouts with preschoolers


I just sliced the sprouts and diced up the sweet potatoes into small cubes.  We had a lot of Brussels sprouts so I doubled the recipe below.  I had a couple of kids begging for even thirds of this tasty treat. 

All of the kids tried it and most of them liked it.  I do have a child or two that only like a few select foods, but they still tried it and that’s a success in my book. 

Sweet potato brussel sprouts

When you are trying to encourage kids to try healthy foods, be patient, it usually takes a few tries before they will eat it well.  Just don’t pressure them and they will usually work it out on their own.  And remember, not everyone is going to like much of anything unless it’s candy or something. 

A little side story from the daycare. I kept two brothers at different times because one is much older than the other. They were two of the pickiest kids I’ve ever kept. They mostly only ate crackers. The older one that I had first was much worse than the younger one, number two liked a few kinds of fruit.

During the time I kept them, they learned to like a few new things, but not a whole lot. The older brother is a teenager now and his science fair project this year was what would it do to your body if you quit drinking soda and eating chips and only ate fruits and vegetables, meats and bread. 

I find this remarkable that after all these years, his interest in healthy food that I tried to start was still brewing. He actually used his own body as the subject matter and gave up his favorite junk foods. Then he recorded the changes and learned that he could perform better in football if he kept this diet. So cool! The knowledge eventually makes a difference.

For more yummy veggie sides, check these out:

Garlic parmesan roasted broccoli
Air roasted vegetables with garlic bread seasoning
Honey roasted parsnips, carrots, and potatoes
World famous green bean recipe
Roasted summer squash soup
Butternut squash soup

Sauted sweet potatoes

First, I chopped up a few pieces of bacon and cooked it until done. 

bacon saute

Then I took it out of the pan and drained it on a paper towel.  In the bacon fat, I sauteed the onion until it was translucent.  And then added the sweet potatoes.  I added a half a cup or so of water and placed a lid on the skillet so the potatoes could steam and get tender all the way through.


sweet potato saute

Here are the Brussels sprouts freshly harvested by the kids.  After I rinsed them well, I sliced them and tossed them into the skillet with the sweet potatoes. 

sliced brussels sprouts

brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes with bacon

I cooked them for a minute or two and then added the bacon back on top and sprinkled on some salt and pepper.  This was by far THE BEST Brussels sprout recipe I have ever tried.  Delish!

Brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes

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Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Bacon Saute

Yummy Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Saute
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon saute, brussels sprouts, sweet potato
Servings: 6
Author: Christina Kamp


  • 2 slices of bacon cut in small pieces
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 large sweet potato diced
  • 4 cups of Brussels sprouts sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook bacon until crisp
  • Pull bacon out of fat and drain on a paper towel, reserve
  • Saute onion until translucent
  • Add sweet potato to skillet with 1/2 cup water and cover
  • Cook until sweet potato is tender
  • Add Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper and saute 1-2 minutes
  • Return bacon to pan

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Check out this method of pickling brussel sprouts too! I can’t wait to try this!

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  1. I love what you are doing with the kids. It’s so important to know where food comes from and how to cook. Keep up the great work Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Let’s Get Real Link Party. I hope you’ll join the party again this week.

  2. I have learned to love brussels sprouts. I bake them or stir fry them, but first I peel off each little cabbage like layer, add other vegetable of my choice, coat with EVOO and bake. Sometimes we add balsamic vinegar to the final serving or other dressings. Plain is very tasty.

  3. What a delicious way to use brussel sprouts! I like the idea of cooking them with the sweet potatoes, and bacon always makes everything better. Thanks for sharing at Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party!

  4. I don’t grow Brussels sprouts but love to eat them. I love sweet potatoes, sounds like a great combination that’s easy to make. – Margy