Bacon Brussels Sprouts

I’ve been on the Brussels Sprouts band wagon since I was a little sprout.  I never loathed the green vegetable, devouring them in any way possible to the amazement of all adults (and peers).  Now that this veggie has become the hottest thing since Kale, simply roasting sliced Brussels Sprouts in a little olive oil simply won’t do.

Bacon pairs extremely well with Brussels Sprouts.  I decided to take their natural marriage to another level, by using bacon fat to cook the veggies.

Place two slices of bacon in a dry pan.  Cook on medium-low heat, allowing for all of the fat to render into the pan.  After 10 minutes, the fat will drip off the bacon sizzling as the meat begins to crisp.  Once all the fat has been rendered off the slices of bacon, remove the crispy parts and place on a paper towel.

Using a mandolin, or a knife, cut the Brussels Sprouts about 1/4 inch thick.  Add the sliced sprouts to the pan with the hot bacon fat.  Sautee until completely wilted and slightly brown.  Add sliced shallots for additional depth of flavor.  Cut up the pieces of cooked bacon and add back to the Brussels Sprout mixture.  Serve warm.

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

According to my completely unbiased sister, Leigh,“these are the best Brussels Sprouts of my entire life.”  Now you too can make these ridiculously easy, and flavorful bacon sprouts at home.

XO,

G

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 lb of Brussels Sprouts (sliced in a mandolin)
  • 1 Shallot
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place two slices of bacon in a dry pan
  2. Cook on medium-low heat, allowing for all of the fat to render into the pan
  3. After 10 minutes, the fat will drip off the bacon sizzling as the meat begins to crisp
  4. Once all the fat has been rendered off the slices of bacon, remove the crispy parts and place on a paper towel
  5. Using a mandolin, or a knife, cut the Brussels Sprouts about 1/4 inch thick
  6. Add the sliced sprouts to the pan with the hot bacon fat
  7. Sautee until completely wilted and slightly brown
  8. Add sliced shallots for additional depth of flavor
  9. Cut up the pieces of cooked bacon and add back to the Brussels Sprout mixture
  10. Serve warm.

 

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