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Spicy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy way to prepare a very robust, tasty vegetable dish that everyone loves – bits of bacon and a bit tangy and spicy

Spicy Bacon Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite versions of brussels sprouts – bacon just goes so well with the flavor of brussels sprouts. After I made this, I ended up eating it as my entire meal (well, it made 2 meals for me).

It’s funny how when I was a kid, brussels sprouts fit in the category of weird vegetable – they look like little cabbages and have a distinctive taste. Now I love them and cook them up all the time. Sometimes I roast them with olive oil and seasonings on them, but this basic technique of steaming and then sauteing them in oil in a skillet has become my staple method. Why? Because the steaming ensures they are fully cooked and soft, then finishing them off in the skillet adds some crispiness and nice flavor. Plus it’s so easy.

This is a very flexible, forgiving recipe. Want more bacon? Go ahead and double it. Same with the onion or chiles. You can’t really mess this one up … just try it.

Hope you like this one!

Spicy Bacon Brussels Sprouts
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 4 strips bacon (4 oz)*
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup diced mild green chiles
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • * double the bacon to 8 strips if you want it really bacony
Instructions
  1. Rinse and trim the brussels sprouts, then slice each into thirds or quarters. Place in a steamer or a covered pot with a half inch of water. Steam over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until soft, then remove from heat.
  2. While sprouts are steaming, cut bacon into ½ inch pieces and place in a medium skillet and over medium heat, brown for a couple minutes then add the onion. Cook while stirring a few more minutes, until onions are soft, then add the drained brussels sprouts.
  3. Saute 3-5 minutes or until sprouts are starting to brown, then add the vinegar and green chiles. Cook, stirring, a few minutes or until any liquid is reduced, then add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve & enjoy!

 

 

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