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Bacon and Brussel Sprouts

Dear bacon lovers,

Brussel Sprouts with bacon are having a moment. More and more we’re seeing this dish in restaurants and pubs.

When they’re cooked just right, Brussel sprouts are a wondrous vegetable to behold – tender, flavorful, and with just a hint of natural sweetness.

Perhaps, though, you’ve experienced overcooked sprouts that were less than stellar. Brussel sprouts contain glucosinolates, healthy nutrients that begin to release a sulfur smell during cooking. This process begins after about five minutes, so the trick is to steam the sprouts for five minutes and then finish them off in a hot pan to sear their tender goodness without overcooking.

The easy preparation features lightly steamed sprouts finished in a large skillet with crispy, crunchy bacon.

Here’s the simple process, which caramelizes the sprouts and brings out their nutty flavor:

  1. Cut the sprouts in half and steam them for five minutes.
  2. Cook chopped bacon in a large skillet while the Brussel sprouts steam.
  3. Add the sprouts to the pan and cook until the sprouts start to brown.
  4. Add garlic and continue cooking until the sprouts and bacon are browned. 

We love the way bacon brings out the flavors of vegetables, like bacon-wrapped sweet corn and our Better Bacon Green Bean Casserole.

This recipe is adapted from the cookbook 101 More Things To Do With Bacon, written by BENSA founder Eliza Cross and published by Gibbs Smith.

Preparing Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts

The first step is to wash the sprouts well, trim the stems and cut them in half.

Fit a steamer basket or insert in a medium pot, add about 1 inch of water, and bring to a boil. Add the sprouts to the steamer, cover, set your timer, and steam them for exactly five minutes.

 

Halved, steamed Brussels sprouts | Bensa Bacon Lovers

 

While the sprouts are steaming, cook 8 slices of chopped bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often.

Drain the sprouts well in a colander, shake to remove any additional water, and add them to the pan with the bacon.

 

Cooking Brussels sprouts with bacon | Bensa Bacon Lovers

 

Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is almost crispy and Brussels sprouts are starting to brown. Add one clove of peeled, minced garlic and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the bacon and sprouts are nicely browned.

 

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a serving dish or plates. This recipe makes about 6 servings.

Here’s the complete recipe:

Brussels sprouts with bacon | Bensa Bacon Lovers

Bacon and Brussel Sprouts

Eliza Cross
This easy Brussel sprouts with bacon recipe features lightly steamed sprouts finished in a hot skillet with crispy bacon that caramelizes the sprouts and brings out their nutty flavor.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Bacon Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 114 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 8 strips thick-sliced bacon chopped
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • freshly ground pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a steamer over boiling water, steam the Brussels Sprouts for exactly five minutes.
  • While the sprouts are steaming, begin cooking the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often.
  • Drain the sprouts, shaking the strainer well. Add the sprouts to the skillet. 
  • Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until bacon is almost crispy and Brussels sprouts are starting to brown.
  • Add one clove of peeled, minced garlic and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until bacon and sprouts are browned. Remove from heat, and serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

Notes

Store any leftover Brussel sprouts with bacon in a covered dish in the refrigerator, and enjoy within 2 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 282mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g
Keyword bacon, bacon recipes, brussel sprouts, side dishes, vegetables
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Enjoy!

~ Your friends at BENSA

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