Guess what I spotted at the Farmers’ Market on Sunday? Brussel Sprouts! Whole stalks of Brussel Sprouts! Sadly, I didn’t get to them fast enough and the lady before me bought the last one :( I had to go to the store instead. Oh well. I guess staring at it from the Info Booth all day didn’t make it mine.
This wonderful combination of two great foods–Brussel Sprouts and Bacon–may be one of my favorite dishes, mostly because it’s so easy but also because it’s delicious and nutritious. B-sprouts, which are part of the Cruciferae/Brassicaceae, are rich in folate and chlorophyll like other dark leafy greens.
Here’s what you need:
2-3 strips of bacon
a couple handfuls of Brussels Sprouts
pinch of salt
1. First step is to rinse the sprouts and cut off the hard bottoms. Then cut them in half (top to bottom). Put them in a bowl or just to the side. Also, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Next is the bacon cooking! Heat an oven-proof pan to medium-high heat and when hot, place the strips of bacon in there so that the fat cooks off. We want the bacon fat to cook the B-sprouts! When the bacon is pretty brown on the under side, flip them and continue cooking.
3. Now I give you fair warning about this next part so brace yourself. When the bacon is nicely brown and crispy, take it out of the pan and place it on a separate plate where you will either cut or tear it into smaller pieces to be later mixed in with the brussel sprouts. In doing so, you will most definitely want to just forget about the brussel sprouts altogether and munch on the bacon! Don’t do it. You need your greens and you will miss the bacon bits later. It really is worth the wait. I confess, though, that the doggy and I helped ourselves to a few pieces. We were “tasting” it.
4. Take the sprouts and place them in the pan that has the bacon grease in it. Try to get most of the sprouts covered in the grease. Then just place it in the oven and wait about 10 minutes. (and don’t eat the bacon!)
5. The sprouts are ready when you can easily stick a fork in it. Mix the bacon bits in, sprinkle a little salt on there if you feel like it and enjoy! I love to start with the crispy leaves. They are like sprout leaf chippies.
Enjoy it as a side dish, mix it with rice or quinoa, or just on its own. I hope that this helps you eat your greens :)