Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Not your childhood nightmare!


I know…brussel sprouts just sound scary!  They remind most people of something their mother forced them to eat as a kid.  Odds are, a small box was pulled out of the freezer, zapped in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and mushy brussel sprouts were dumped onto a plate.  Well, not these brussel sprouts my friends!  I can’t remember where I first heard of these, but I have been making them for a few years and they are a household favorite.  I have made them for both family and friends and have yet to meet someone who didn’t enjoy them!  So, put your childhood memories of brussel sprouts to rest and try this updated version!  They are sure to impress.

Simple Tip: Chop and prepare the ingredients ahead of time.  It will make it much easier to cook when you are ready.  Especially helpful if you have guests watching!

What you need:

  • 4 thick slices bacon – chopped into 1” chunks
  • Bacon grease
  • ½ small onion diced
  • 1 tbsp diced garlic
  • 1 ½ – 2lbs brussel sprouts trimmed and sliced in half
  • 1 cup chicken stock

What you do:

  • Cook chopped bacon in pan until crisp
  • Remove bacon with slotted spoon onto a paper towel
  • Add diced onion to the pan with bacon grease and sauté 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and sauté 1 minute
  • Add Brussels spouts and mix until onion, garlic and grease are combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Cook Brussels sprouts 3 minutes or until they begin to soften
  • Add chicken stock
  • Bring mixture to simmer, cover and reduce heat to medium low.
  • Cook 7-10 minutes, until tender – Do not overcook.  Brussel sprouts should be slightly al dente
  • Remove sprouts from pan with a slotted spoon and top with cooked bacon bits.

4 thoughts on “Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

  1. We had these for the first time when you had us for dinner–they are delicious. They are now a staple at our home as well. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Pingback: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans and Avocado « Twincitieschick's Blog

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