Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

I used to hate brussel sprouts, I mean really hate them. I hated them to the point where when I received an assignment in school to show the word 'pain' in a photo, I immediately thought of brussel sprouts. I actually really loved how the photos of the hated vegetable turned out––so much that I tried to recreate similar images with this dish! Anyway, I've come a long way since February when the definition of pain in my mind was brussel sprouts..... Now, I love them, I always have them in my fridge, and I could honestly eat them everyday! Before my "vegetables aren't so bad" revelation, I was trying to come up with not-so-bad ways to get my nutrients in. I continuously bought broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale and had to choke them down most of the time. One of my days off, when I was making myself lunch, as I was nearing my food shopping day, I looked in my fridge and all I had was eggs, cantaloupe, brussel sprouts, and a package of bacon. I figured why not cook a few strips up with the dreaded vegetable. It turned out great, how could it not––I mean, it's bacon. This ended up becoming one of my favorite side dishes when I was at school because it's so simple to throw together and it tastes amazing!

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 35 min Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2lbs brussel sprouts, halved

  • ½lb bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips

  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Heat a medium sized cast iron skillet to medium heat.

  2. Add the sliced bacon, and sauté until browned and crisp, about 10-12 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  3. Add brussel sprouts to the pan along with a sprinkle of salt and black pepper and sauté in the bacon fat until browned and slightly soft, about 30 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of cook time, add the bacon and any collected drippings back into the pan, and stir.

  4. When the brussel sprouts are fully cooked through, turn the heat off under the pan, but leave the pan on your stove. Let cool completely there for about 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

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