{companions} hickory bacon brussels sprouts

photo by amy twomey

I don't know about you, but I would not go near brussels sprouts when I was kid. Not even as an adult until just a few years ago. Poor Mr.Brussels Sprout, he has such a bad stigma. I think he was steamed to much and got a bad rap. I promise you, that you will learn to love brussels sprouts after you make this. I love them now, my husband + kids love them. Bacon is the trick here, salty and simply put: delicious. So go on now you brussels sprout haters, give it a go. I challenge you! And... come back and tell me what you thought.

brussels sprouts by amy twomey

1/2 package hickory bacon chopped into 2 inch slices
1 1/2 Pound Fresh Brussels Sprouts
1 TBS Olive oil
2 Cloves garlic, peeled and diced
1 Medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
1/4 Cup Balsamic vinegar
2 TBS Butter
1 TBS Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Saute the bacon in a pot on the stove. Trim off the stems and remove any limp leaves from the Brussels Sprouts and cut them in half. Blanch the sprouts in boiling water to cover for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Add the olive oil and bacon cooked with bacon grease, garlic and onion. Saute a few minutes until the onion just becomes tender. Add the blanched drained Brussels Sprouts. Saute a few minutes until the Brussels Sprouts are cooked to your liking. Add the vinegar and toss so that all the sprouts are coated with the vinegar. Add the butter and salt and pepper to taste and toss together again.


amy and ann said...

amy - i love brussel sprouts and I can't wait to try this. I have a recipe where you shed them like a slaw. Funny how we both posted typically less liked veggies today.ha ha. I love the napkin contrast in your shot.

Ms. Bright said...

trying this SOON! I already like brussels and now the hubs might like 'em too! He'll eat practically anything infused with Pig.

Anonymous said...

they look like miniature heads of lettuce.

Tanya said...

I can't wait to try this! We are growing these this year, and I have never tried them.

Joyce said...

I have always loved brussels sprouts!! Have a golden weekend. xoxo

rachel said...

funny, I've never understood why there is a general dislike for brussels sprouts. Tasty-tasty, if you ask me! :)

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

It does sounds good...I used to loathe them...and now not so much...but will definitely try this!
I hope you have a lovely weekend Amy, and thanks for sharing such awesome recipes and pics.
I'm hosting a giveaway this weekend...for an original piece of Artwork by *moi*...so come and enter...will post later today!

sera said...

I totally hated them until the last couple of years. this sounds absolutely delish! can't wait to try them.

Christina said...

i always thought they were bity cabbages when i was a child... oh but they are a yum in their own right. : )