Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
When you caramelize Brussels sprouts in rich bacon fat, the sweet-salty combination is absolutely irresistible. See the recipe for Brussels Sprouts and Bacon »Todd Coleman

SAVEUR deputy editor Beth Kracklauer caramelizes Brussels sprouts in rich bacon fat; the sweet-salty combination is absolutely delicious. This recipe appeared in our November 2011 issue, with the story Superb Sides.

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
SAVEUR deputy editor Beth Kracklauer caramelizes Brussels sprouts in rich bacon fat; the sweet-salty combination is absolutely delicious.
Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. slab bacon, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat slab bacon and olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp and fat is rendered, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, and pour off all but 2 tbsp. bacon drippings.
  2. Return skillet to heat and add butter. Add Brussels sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and caramelized, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with reserved bacon.