Oven Baked Bacon and Brussels
Although I hated them as a kid, I've come to love Brussels sprouts as an adult. Roasting them in the oven with lots of good olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper gives them a wonderful caramelized flavor that transcends traumatic childhood memories of mushy, steamed sprouts.
The only problem is that they take forever to cook. The tight little buds are remarkably resistant to heat and require a tremendous amount of time. Personally, I'm a "doer" not a "waiter" so I decided to do something about this. The result, a chopped Brussels sprouts side dish that is sure to please even the most refined palate.
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, chopped
6-8 slices of bacon, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
Balsamic vinegar for topping
Chop the Brussels sprouts by first halving them. Place cut side down on your cutting board and, starting from the leafy side, slice until you get to the stem. Compost the stems or save for making vegetable broth.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and place the chopped Brussels sprouts in a large oven safe dish. Toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place pieces of bacon on top of the Brussels and put in the preheated oven. Cook for ~30 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until the Brussels sprouts are tender and slightly caramelized and the bacon is cooked through.
Before serving, drizzle the Oven Baked Bacon and Brussels with Balsamic vinegar.
Suggested main dish: Broiled Beef Back Ribs