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Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe.

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Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels sprouts are little cabbages, which means they can be a bit tough. Braising softens them so that they're nice and tender.

For a vegetarian version: Omit the bacon and sauté the brussels sprouts in butter instead. And substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1½ lbs. Brussels sprouts
  • ½ lb smoked bacon
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste

Preparation:

  1. Trim the stems off the Brussels sprouts, then slice them in half or into quarters, depending on how crunchy you want them — the smaller you cut them, the more tender they'll be.

  2. Dice the bacon and add to a cold sauté pan. Heat slowly over low heat, stirring frequently, until the fat starts to render and the meat turns golden brown and crispy but not burnt.

  3. Add the Brussels sprouts and sauté over medium-high heat for a few minutes, or until they're slightly browned. This caramelization will add a lot of flavor to the recipe.

  4. Add the stock, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half (5 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

  5. Stir in the butter, season with Kosher salt and lemon juice and serve right away.
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 5 out of 5
easy and excellent, Member everymanjack

A total hit, delicious. I used pale green, pre-packaged brussel sprouts and this method turned them bright green. Also, I skipped step 5 (final butter and lemon) and didn't miss them. Besides the packaged sprouts I used 3 strips bacon and 1 cup stock. They came out a little salty so next time I might cut back on the bacon or make the butter version instead, with the recommended lemon at the end. I give this recipe 5 stars for flavor, simplicity, adaptability, and lack of last-minute demands.

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