Brussels Sprouts. People seem to either love em’ or hate em’.
If you like cabbage then you will definitely like brussel sprouts (I mean, technically speaking they really do look just like little mini-cabbages AND they are from the same family). They have a slightly sweet flavor and when cooked well have a crisp, hearty texture.
Call me veggie-crazy, but I honestly believe that if you have well cooked and seasoned brussel sprouts you can’t not like them… they’re just too good!
In this recipe I combine the sprouts with a nice, tart, crunchy apple and some crispy, salty bacon. I’ve seen this combination a thousand times but have never tried it on my own. And I now know why I have seen this flavor combo so often… it’s because it’s really good! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised… we’ve got brussel sprouts, apples, and bacon… hello… what’s not to like?
I’m normally not a big bacon person, but lately it’s been really calling my name. Maybe it has something to do with being seven months pregnant or maybe I just forgot how good bacon really is.
I decided to go with real bacon for this recipe. Not turkey bacon. For starters I found a brand that I think is great, it called Wellshire. It has no nitrates, no preservatives and has 40% less fat. Two slices has sixty calories with three grams of fat (that works for me). It gets really crunchy and has a great flavor although I have to admit that I’ve yet to find a better way to make bacon then in the microwave (am I the only one here?). I just love the dry crunchy texture that it gets.
Anyhow, at the end of the day, the bacon adds a crunchy texture and salty flavor to this dish that could be easily duplicated using pancetta, prosciutto, or even turkey bacon… so feel free to use which ever floats your boat. You only need a little bit for this recipe, so you may as well choose something that you really enjoy.
This dish would be great served along some chicken, pork or even salmon! OR if you wanted to get your legumes in, I think it would also pair well with some lentils. AND if you wanted to keep things really easy, just go ahead and top it with an over easy egg… that would be really good!
Brussels Sprouts W/ Apples And Bacon
Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 lb of brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 4 slices of reduced fat bacon, pre-cooked in the microwave (I use Wellshire)
- 1 small onion, chopped up
- 2 medium tart apples, diced (either Pink Ladies or Granny Smith)
- 1 tbsp of organic butter
- ¼ cup of chopped parsley (dill would also be great here!)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Place bacon on a microwave safe plate and cover with a paper towel. Cook bacon for four minutes or until your bacon is nice and crispy.
Melt butter in a large sauté pan and onion along with a pinch of salt. While the onion is cooking place brussel sprouts in a steamer basket and steam for eight to ten minutes or until they are nice and tender.
Once your onions are translucent, toss in your apples and cook for another four to five minutes. You are looking for your apples to get nice brown edges and to become just slightly tender.
Once the apples and the onions are ready to go, toss in the brussel sprouts and season with some salt and pepper. Crumble your bacon over the brussel sprouts and toss with your parsley. Adjust your seasoning and enjoy!!
Makes 4 servings.
Nutrients per 1/4th of recipe; Calories: 156 Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2.3g; Cholesterol: 519mg; Sodium: 25mg; Carbohydrate: 23.2g; Dietary Fiber: 6.8g; Sugars: 10g; Protein: 6.3g