Staff Favorite: Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

I am an extremely picky eater, and I have a hard time getting myself to “enjoy” Brussels sprouts. However, over the holiday weekend, my mom made me this recipe and I was instantly hooked. If you need a little fat and salty edge to spice up your veggies, try this simple and delicious take on sautéing Brussels sprouts with bacon. 

What You Need:

  • Fresh Brussels Sprouts [two handfuls (raw) per serving]
  • Bacon [about 1 slice per serving]
  • Fresh or dried cranberries or cherries 
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Any additional preferred seasonings

How To Make It:

1) To prepare your food, you need to chop both the bacon and the fresh Brussels sprouts. You can, of course, use bagged Brussels sprouts, in which case you can save yourself the trouble and buy pre-shaved or chopped. If chopping yourself, you mostly want to make sure you get the remaining bits of stalk off the end of the sprouts. 

2) Now you need to grill your bacon bits. If you prefer, you can grill the bacon in strips and then chop it afterwards.

3) The most important part of this recipe is to keep the bacon grease simmering in the pan. Once you’ve removed the bacon, place the prepared Brussels sprouts into the pan, tossing them in the bacon grease over a medium heat. 

4) You can now season the sautéing Brussels sprouts however you wish. I like a dash of lemon pepper, but I would definitely forgo the salt, because you’re getting that in the bacon. 

5) The Brussels sprouts should be shrinking quite noticeably; you’ll be amazed what all that raw vegetable reduces to over heat. You want to be sure the sprouts aren’t getting too soggy, so watch them closely and take them off the heat when they look like they’ll have a bit of crunch left.

6) Finally, in an proportionally sized bowl, toss the bacon bits and cranberries (or cherries) into the Brussels sprouts, and you’re ready to serve!

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