We are participating in the Food Basket CSA this winter and this was in our first basket. I’m not a fan of Brussels sprouts but I’d also never had them fresh before. So we decided to try this.
Get the following together:
- Brussels sprouts, approx. 1 quart (must be fresh)
- 2 strips of streaky bacon (hickory smoked if you got it, add more if you want it)
- 1 cooking apple, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- nutmeg to taste
Cut the bacon up into bite-sized slices and throw it into a big pan and start the sizzling on moderate heat. When the bacon has released its fat, toss in the butter and the sprouts (make sure to have de-stemmed the sprouts). Cook the sprouts down for about 5-10 minutes; they should be a little bit browned. Then add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Give it a good stirring and reduce the heat down to low; simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Add the apple bits and simmer for about another five minutes. Serve hot.
So good your one-year-old will be signing for more.
Full disclosure: this recipe is based on one from The Bacon Cookbook; I’ve changed mine up a bit to add the apples later (otherwise they’ll get a bit too mushy).
Image credit: Brussels Sprouts by Barbara L. Hanson (on Flickr); sadly, we ate our Brussels sprouts too quickly to photograph the meal.
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One Response to bacon + Brussels sprouts = delicious
i hated sprouts until p. it is all about how they are cooked – ie, not over-cooked. and a little fat – in our case butter…nooo bacon 🙂
i’m going to take a crack at roasting for turkey day.