Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttt’s BACON! Well, partially. The other day at the grocery store I spied beautiful stalks of Brussels sprouts and I *needed* it. There may have been a victory dance involved, and I immediately started plotting which of my usual go-to recipes I would make. But then the days passed and I never had the opportunity to make the sprouts for lunch, the only meal for which the Godfather (also resident hater of the Brussels sprouts) is not typically home. Sprouts for dinner it was, and so I set out to create a recipe I thought he would enjoy. Enter bacon.
Most carnivores like bacon, and I figured that combining a strong/sweet acid like a good balsamic vinegar and the salty fat from the bacon with the meaty-green/earthy flavor of the Brussels sprouts would be just the thing.
I’d never made an entire stalk before, and it’s not required for this recipe. I’m not sure I would make the stalk again just because it sat on the pan rather awkwardly, but I did get more sprouts out of the stalk then I would out of a pint container, so maybe? But I can get more onto a pan if I don’t use the stalk, so if I’m doubling to make for a crowd, then definitely no stalk. If you plan to make this with “shucked” Brussels sprouts, I would just lay the bacon strips on top, covering as much surface area as possible. I would also recommend using a good quality aged balsamic. They’re not expensive, and because they add so much flavor to the dish, the quality will shine through.
If you plan on making this clean eating (no sugar), be sure to use the sugar-free bacon. It’s usually labeled as paleo-friendly and I found some locally (Northern Virginia) at Whole Foods and a butcher in Ashburn.
And if you’re wondering about the Godfather’s verdict… he loved them! I got the approval to make them again. Yippee! *If you have a stalk, but would rather not roast on the stalk, trim off the Brussels sprouts at this time.
*If you have a stalk, but would rather not roast on the stalk, trim off the Brussels sprouts at this time.