Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

This year for our Thanksgiving dinner I decided to try something new…something green to help lighten the load next to the mac-n-cheese, pumpkin cake, stuffing, etc…something like – Brussels sprouts! I know what you’re thinking – “Brussels sprouts??!!” Well, don’t hate on these little guys until you’ve given them a real chance and eaten FRESH ones sauteed in bacon drippings {& a little butter}. Plus, they are very good for you with antioxidants.

One of the things I’ve learned from my Chopped obsession is that Brussels sprouts pair well with bacon. As I was eating these I thought of a couple of other things that would be nice to add next time, like a little drizzle of honey, and chopped pecans or walnuts. I’ll definitely make these again and try those additions. Here’s the recipe:

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 5 slices Center Cut bacon
  • 1 TBsp butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon EACH salt, pepper, nutmeg

Wash Brussels sprouts and remove loose leaves. Cut off stem ends, and slice in half lengthwise.

Cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and reserve drippings; add butter to drippings and let melt. Add Brussels sprouts and toss in pan to coat. Cook over medium, and cover with lid for a couple of minutes to help steam Brussels sprouts.

Remove lid and continue cooking for about 15 minutes, STIRRING OFTEN, until tender and golden.

Spoon Brussels sprouts into a serving dish, and sprinkle with crushed bacon.

TIP: As I stated above, you can also add chopped pecans or walnuts to the saute, and I think a little drizzle of honey would be delicious too.

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Comments

  1. Amber Johnson says

    I make these all the time and everyone loves them. I boil mine first for only about 5 minutes to soften them up and I use proscutto instead of bacon. Last of all I brown them in olive oil instead of butter to make them a little healthier and still tastes great. Love the idea of drizzling honey on them, yum!

  2. says

    My husband loves brussel sprouts and my kids love bacon. I am thinking this is a dish the entire family can enjoy! It looks so delicious. I think I will try it this week!