Friday, 26 October 2012

Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts

If you think you hate brussel sprouts you have to try them like this! Like most people I never liked brussel sprouts because they were always boiled and overcooked and they smelled disgusting. There was nothing appetizing about them to me. These are sliced into ribbons and stir fried quickly and then glazed in maple syrup and served with bacon bits. Everyone loves these!

You will need:

  • 2 cups sliced brussel sprouts 
  • 2 slices of bacon- chopped and cooked until crispy
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup -only use real maple syrup
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tbsp water

Step 1: slice and then chop 2 slices of bacon. I always keep my bacon wrapped in the freezer in 2 slice sections. I use a long strip of wax paper and place 2 slices, then wrap, 2 slices and wrap. If you need a few slices you can always remove just what you need. Cook on medium/low heat to get crispy without burning. Drain on paper towel and set aside. I remove any bacon fat that is in the pan but, do not wash the pan because it will have all those bacon bits stuck to the bottom which I can remove while cooking the brussel sprouts. It is also less to wash and what cook doesn't love that!

Step 2: remove any outer leaves that look beat up and slice in half through the core. I then slice into ribbons discarding the core. I used a total of  2 cups of sliced brussel sprouts.

Step 3: in the same pan you cooked the bacon add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter. Heat to cook off most of the milk solids in the butter. Add your brussel sprouts and cook for 1 minute. Add the water and cook until the water evaporates and the sprouts start to fry again You will hear it start to sizzle just takes a minute or so. 

Step 4: add your bacon bits and maple syrup and cook for another minute to coat and get sticky. Add salt and pepper to taste.

you will be amazed at how good brussel sprouts can be when not boiled and over cooked.

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