I love bacon! Did I say that I love bacon? I have always loved bacon and what could be better than Brussels Sprouts & Bacon?! I guess if you are not a fan of Brussels sprouts then that is an issue, but try them with bacon and you just may change your mind.
30 Trimmed Brussels Sprouts
8 Bacon Slices
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1/4 Cup Toasted Pine Nuts
Preheat your oven to 350º F. Place the pine nuts onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and put into the oven from 5 to 10 minutes. You will want the pine nuts to be toasted, but not overcooked. Remove the pine nuts from the oven and set aside. Fill a medium size saucepan with 1 inch of water. Bring the water to a boil over a high heat. Add the trimmed Brussels sprouts and boil for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 6 minutes with the lid on. You will want the sprouts to be tender, but not mushy. Remove from the heat and drain. Set aside. In a large sauté pan add the bacon. Cook over a medium low heat until nice and browned. Remove from the heat and place the bacon on paper towels to soak up the grease. Crumble the bacon. Pour the bacon fat from the sauté pan. Add the olive oil to the sauté pan and heat over a medium high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts, garlic, kosher salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. You will want the spouts to be browned. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon and toasted pine nuts. Serves 8
Tip: If you want to lower the fat in this dish then use turkey bacon instead of regular pork bacon.