Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Brussel Sprouts & Bacon...some say yeah...some say nay!

I am a brussel sprouts lover. Always have been. I was the only one of my siblings who liked brussel sprouts growing up. Good for me, my mom and I got to eat them all! Unfortunately, James has always HATED brussel sprouts. He calls them nasty, bitter little cabbages. I've always maintained that he's never tried one properly cooked. In all our years together, I've not been able to convince him to try my brussel sprouts. That is, not until tonight. Tonight I cooked my beloved brussel sprouts with bacon (a food beloved mightily by James and Ethan), in an effort to get the boys to try them and actually like them. I was partly successful. The boys both tried them. Ethan said they were ok and ate all of his...James said they were still bitter and if he could infuse them completely with the bacon flavor, maybe he'd like them then. Oh well, I thought they were totally yummy & beautiful and at least I got James to try them!

If you want to make them yourself, here's all you need: 
6 ozs thick cut bacon
1 lb brussel sprouts (cleaned and cut in half)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, diced
1 dash of sugar
Salt & Pepper

Cook the bacon in a deep skillet over medium heat until crisp, remove from pan with a slotted spoon and put on a paper towel to drain.  Add onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Remove from skillet, if there's not enough bacon fat left, add a couple of tablespoons of butter.  Add brussel sprouts and saute until golden brown, about five minutes.  Add bacon and onions/garlic back to pan and a dash of sugar, season with salt and pepper, mix and cover pan.  Cook 8-10 minutes until brussel sprouts are just tender, stirring occasionally.

Yummy Goodness!


tricia s. said...

Hi - I just got your sweet comment about our apple cake (TriciaAndNanaCookDorie :)and wanted to thank you for the kind words and come see your blog. WOW !!! It is really great. I can not wait to get through it all. You have a really amazing one that I plan to brew a fresh pot of coffee and enjoy :) My Mom (aka Nana) and I spent 10 days in Paris this spring and the cooking blog helps us relive the lovely experience. Great blog and thx again. Tricia

Steph said...

Thanks Tricia...you're very sweet! I hope you enjoy the blog. Every time I start to miss France, I just read my blog. :) Enjoy.