Thursday, January 17, 2013

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan

Tonight, I came home from work and asked Adam what he wanted for dinner. He was digging in a bag of GF sesame chips with one hand, and squirting Sriracha onto them with the other.
"Chips?" he said.
We both laughed. A more serious answer was next, "brussels sprouts?" 

We had a 2 lb bag of them from Costco that needed to be used, so I said ok.
He proceeded to be a little more specific- "I want them to be super flavorful. Like, really flavorful. The only thing that I think can do it is bacon."

I LOVE the taste of brussels sprouts on their own. Steamed with a little evoo and salt, or butter, or drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, or... well, you get the picture. I love brussels sprouts. 

So, I headed up to the kitchen to make 'super flavorful' brussels sprouts with bacon.

Here's what I came up with, and I have to say, the are really, really good. 
We ate all two pounds for dinner and were happy and full for the rest of the night.
Obviously, they would make a terrific side dish as well. 


2lbs brussels sprouts, hard ends cut off and sliced in half (keep all the leaves that fall off too)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4-5 slices of bacon, rough chopped
1/6 white onion, very thinly sliced
1tbsp. Garlic powder 
1 tbsp Salt


Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the brussels sprouts. Turn the heat on high, and salt the water. Once the water begins to boil, add the brussels sprouts and boil for 5 minutes. Set your timer so you don't over cook them!
While the brussels sprouts are cooking, add the rough chopped bacon to a skillet over med-high heat. Cook the bacon until it turns golden. As it turns, add the thinly sliced onion and shake the pan a bit to integrate it into the bacon. Cook another 2 minutes.

Drain the brussels sprouts. put them on a baking sheet. 

Mix the garlic powder and salt together. Sprinkle the brussels sprouts with the garlic salt to taste.

Turn the oven to broil.

Using a slotted spoon, spoon the bacon pieces and onions (probably pretty dissolved- which is good) over top of the salted brussels sprouts. Drizzle with a bit of the bacon grease. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan.

Pop the baking sheet into the oven.
Broil 3 minutes or so, until the bacon is sizzling and the cheese is melted and beginning to brown. 

Remove and serve.
I ate mine as is. Perfection.

(Adam, of course, topped his with Sriracha;)