Saturday, September 8, 2012

Bacon Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

This is my absolute favorite side dish! My husband called me out recently at a friends house for having made this 4 times in a week. While I think he was exaggerating a bit, it is true that I love this dish! I made it on the stove top tonight because my oven was full, but I actually prefer to make it on baking sheets in the oven because the sprouts get a bit crisper. I hope you enjoy!

Bacon Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
2 lb Brussel Sprouts
1 lb Bacon (the cleanest you can get because you will be using the fat)
2-3 tbsp Onion Powder
1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar (extra to drizzle if you are big fan, like me)

Slice the bacon and begin rendering the fat over medium heat in a large heavy bottomed pot.
While the bacon is rendering, trim and quarter the brussel sprouts.

Allow the bacon to get nicely crisped and remove from the pan.
Leave the bacon grease in the pan and add the quartered sprouts to the hot oil. Mix gently to coat them all and allow the sprouts to begin browning on the bottom of the pan.
After about 5 minutes scrape the browned sides off the bottom, stir and let cook for another 5 minutes. Scrape and stir again, allowing them to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
 After, add onion powder, stir to incorporate. Add in balsamic, about 1/2 of the crisped bacon (or more if wanted, but I generally save the other 1/2 for breakfast).

Serve with additional balsamic if wanted and enjoy!!