Brussel Sprouts!

Brussel Sprouts!

Lately I’ve been pretty intrigued by the idea of brussel sprouts. I’ve been seeing them a lot at the farmer’s market and oddly enough I had never tried one. So the other day I decided to select a handful of good looking ones so I could begin experimenting!

My coworker, Melanie, may as well be the next Martha, so I had her walk me through the basic steps of prepping brussel sprouts. Scrub them, trim the ends, peel the first couple of layers off. Simple enough. I tossed them in some extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and popped them in the oven at 325 for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown. mmmm.

I obviously felt the need to include bacon. Surprise! Earlier this week I saw that Darius over at Everyday Cookin’ was using bacon and shallots and ever since I’ve been craving them. So I decided to toss some around in a sautée pan to include with the B.sprouts! (and on a side note I want to steal Darius for my new best friend! He’s hilarious.)

I boiled some water and threw in some medium sized shells, tossed in the brussel sprouts and bacon, then I made a quick butter sauce with some of the drippings from the sautee pan and seasoned with pepper. I’ve really been missing out on the whole brussel sprout thing. I’m glad I tried them because they’re extremely tasty… and obviously adorable. I love mini produce!

I did this all while chatting on the phone too so clearly it’s pretty simple 🙂


10 Responses to "Brussel Sprouts!"

  1. Maria says:

    I love roasted brussel sprouts. My hubby hates them though. I will have to kick him out for a night so I can enjoy them:)

  2. Sara says:

    brussel sprouts are awesome! that looks great!

  3. Lily says:

    That looks awesome! I’m so trying that soon! Mmmm… bacon.

  4. Kevin says:

    It is getting to be brussels sprouts season. I am going to have to look for them. Serving them with bacon is always a good way to go! 🙂

  5. Lippy says:

    I have a 15 year old daughter who loves those sprouts. Maybe this recipe will help convert the other two kids for me!

    Also, a tip I once got suggested sauteeing the sprouts with some chopped celery to mellow them down a little more. I like the blend of those flavors.

  6. ~Madeline~ says:

    You’re lucky this was your first time having brussel sprouts. What turns most people off of them is having suffered through boiled mushy brussel sprouts as a kid. I have always loved them though and roasting them is the best way to enjoy them!

  7. Lily says:

    Addendum: one of my favorite local (Twin Cities) foodies just blogged about Brussel Sprouts too:

    PS – if you try his recipe, you have to let me know!

  8. Amanda says:

    I’m not a huge brussel sprout fan- yet that dish still looks delicious! I think I’m going to have to try it one of these days.

  9. Danielle says:

    What a great idea to try them with pasta – can’t say I would have ever thought of that. I am usually pretty boring and just make them with butter and salt.

  10. Raquelle says:

    I thought that Brussel Sprouts couldn’t get any better than when paired with bacon. But with pasta?! That just tops it. Looks delish.

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