Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

This side dish is the perfect accompaniment to a roast (chicken, beef, or pork), or even a Thanksgiving turkey. It goes with pretty much any fall/winter main course.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


Ingredients

  • 1/2 Pound Bacon, Cut into Small Pieces
  • 2 Dozen - Brussels Sprouts, Trimmed & Halved
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  1. Fry the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crispy.
  2. Take the bacon out of the pan (set aside until needed) and leave the grease in there.
  3. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan, stir them until they're nicely coated in the bacon grease, and cover the pan with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the bacon back into the pan. Cook, uncovered, for a few more minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are as tender and/or browned as you want. You can cover the pan again if you wish (especially if you want the Brussels to be super soft); just keep an eye on them so they don't scorch.
  5. Season with salt & pepper if needed. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Cook the Brussels sprouts in the bacon fat for extra flavor.
  • Brussels sprouts can be a bit tough, so the first part of the cooking process is done with the pan’s lid on. This traps the steam and cooks them faster. Keep the heat relatively low so they don’t brown too quickly.
  • Finish the cooking process with the lid off and then brown them even more to your liking if you wish.
  • Use small-to-average size Brussels for this recipe. If you use larger ones, cooking time will need to increase from what I suggest in the recipe.

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