Monday, March 25, 2013

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Yep, Brussel sprouts. Now before you hyperventilate at the thought of serving these to people you actually care about, take a deep breath and grab some bacon.

There. Feeling better? Just like greens, brussels sprouts really are very good if you know how to cook them. Add some bacon, sweet onions and a bit of maple syrup and you have a side dish just about anyone will eat. I promise.

What You'll Need
1 lb brussels sprouts, halved
1 small sweet onion, diced
4-5 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Vegetable stock

What to Do
Simmer brussels sprouts in vegetable stock until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, sautee bacon until it starts to brown. Add onion. Drain brussels sprouts and add to the bacon and onions along with the maple syrup. Brown sugar would also work well here. The extra sugar helps caramelize the brussels sprouts without over cooking them. When the sprouts are a nice golden brown, they're ready to serve. Add a dash of pepper to cut the sweetness and dig in. Come on, you know you want to at least try this recipe now :)

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