Cruciferous vegetables - Brussels sprout

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Having trouble getting the family to eat Brussels sprouts, even though they’re really good for you? Here’s a little sinful variation…bits of bacon and a little bacon grease. Certainly, this isn’t not an every day vegetable, but a little green leafy indulgence now and then is a must.

This is the only way some of my family will eat brussels sprouts and I've even had a friend, who was adamant she despised them, love eating them this way! I'm one of those people who likes Brussels sprouts just about any way you can cook them. This is a more indulgent way and one that many, who wouldn't normally eat them, will find they enjoy.

Sometimes, I'll change it up and add other spices, like cayenne and cumin for a kick or parmesan and Italian seasoning for another variation. You could easily toss some ginger and soy sauce in for an Asian twist, or Cholula and lime for a Mexican twist.

If you’re making a big meal, this is a time saving recipe because you can do most of the preparation ahead of time. Just save sautéing the sprouts in the bacon grease about 10-15 minutes before dinner is served.

This recipe makes about 8 – 10 servings. Adjust for a smaller or larger crowd.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 3 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 8-10 slices bacon
  • Pepper to taste
  • minced Garlic

Also, keep on hand large skillet, large spoon that can withstand heat, knife and cutting board and strainer.

Step 1: Clean and Cut Your Brussels Sprouts

Thoroughly rinse the Brussels sprouts. Slice the ends of the stems (thinly, so as not to make the leaves fall off) and remove any brown bits. Slice sprouts in half.

Step 2: Parboil the Sprouts

To ensure soft sprouts on sautéing, we’re going to parboil them. This means boiling them for a short time (in this case, 3 minutes) before sautéing. To start, add the sprouts to a large pot and fill with water, just enough to cover the sprouts.

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Turn heat on high and bring to boil. Turn to medium and boil for 3 minutes. Strain the sprouts.

Step 3: Fry the Bacon

Now you’re going to fry the bacon in the large skillet that you will eventually sauté the Brussels sprouts in. Place the slices on the skillet.

Flip the bacon as it browns on one side.

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When the bacon is done, place the pieces on a paper towel. Leave the grease in the pan though because we’re going to use it.

When the bacon has cooled, cut it into small pieces.

Step 4: Sauté

Now we’re ready to sauté the sprouts. Add the garlic and sprouts to the skillet you used to fry the bacon.

Sauté until heated through. Then add the bacon pieces.

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Stir until bacon is thoroughly combined and serve.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Recipe by Cryssi's CreationsCourse: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

A sure fire way to get everyone to eat Brussels Sprouts!

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Brussels Sprouts

  • 8-10 strips Bacon

  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced

  • Pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Thoroughly rinse the Brussels sprouts. Slice the ends of the stems (thinly, so as not to make the leaves fall off)
  • To ensure soft sprouts on sautéing, we’re going to parboil them. This means boiling them for a short time (in this case, 3 minutes) before sautéing. To start, add the sprouts to a large pot and fill with water, just enough to cover the sprouts.
    Turn heat on high and bring to boil. Turn to medium and boil for 3 minutes. Strain the sprouts.
  • Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the slices on the skillet. Flip the bacon as it browns on one side. When the bacon is done, place the pieces on a paper towel. Leave the grease in the pan though because we’re going to use it. When the bacon has cooled, cut it into small pieces.
  • Sauté the sprouts. Add them to the skillet you used to fry the bacon. Sauté until heated through. Then add the bacon pieces.

Notes

  • For an added twist on flavor, sprinkle Parmesan and Panko over the sprouts before serving.

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After you try the recipe, come back and leave me a comment about how you liked it. What twist would you want to try? Are there other vegetables you want to entice your family to try?

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