“Bacon is like a high five for your mouth.”
It seems that I’m trying to combine two of the most obvious foods on the love/hate continuum. I don’t know many people, besides me, who love Brussel sprouts. I don’t know many people, even vegans, who don’t love bacon. There are numerous non-carnivorous foods created to imitate bacon.
Perhaps, by combining the two foods, a few more people can be moved from the Brussel sprout hating camp to the Brussel sprout tolerating camp. After all, Brussel sprouts are packed with great things for your body.
1 pound frozen Brussel sprouts
2 T butter
4 to 6 strips bacon, fried and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup light or heavy cream, you decide
1 T arrowroot or cornstarch dissolved in water
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
3 T grated parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Microwave the Brussel sprout a few minutes. You want them thawed enough to cut in half. When thawed, cut them in half. You saw that coming, didn’t you.
Fry the bacon in an oven-proof skillet. Cast-iron works well. Transfer the bacon, when done, to a paper towel. Set aside. Drain all but about one tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan and add the butter. Add the Brussel sprouts along with a bit of salt and pepper to the pan. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes.
Add in the garlic and stir the sprouts and garlic for a minute, until fragrant. Pour in the cream, reduce heat down to low, and allow everything to simmer another 3-4 minutes. If the sauce is too thin for your liking, add the arrowroot or cornstarch slurry, stirring to combine.
Now you’re ready to stir in the bacon. Top with the cheeses and bake for about 15 minutes until bubbly. The aroma for the dish is so wonderful that you might also get bubbly!
This dish would be great, I think, with the addition of chicken. I can also imagine stirring in some cooked macaroni. OK, you’re not going to convert the whole world to Brussel sprouts. How about substituting broccoli. I’m here for you.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.