Welcome to the heart of the kitchen, where sizzling sounds meet savory aromas. If you’re a fan of bold flavors and crispy goodness, you’re in for a treat! In this blog post, we’re diving into the world of Brussels sprouts with bacon—cooked to perfection in a trusty cast iron skillet. This simple yet irresistible recipe is bound to elevate your culinary skills and leave your taste buds begging for more.
Imagine the perfect blend of crispy bacon, golden-brown Brussels sprouts, and a hint of garlic, all mingling together in a cast iron symphony. This dish isn’t just about ingredients; it’s a celebration of flavors and textures. The Brussels sprouts caramelize to perfection, while the bacon adds a smoky crunch that’s simply irresistible. It’s comfort food with a gourmet twist, perfect for any occasion.
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional, for finishing)
Step 1: Prep the Brussels Sprouts
Rinse the Brussels sprouts under cold water, pat them dry, and trim the ends. Halve or quarter them, depending on their size.
Step 2: Crisp the Bacon
In a heated cast iron skillet, cook the chopped bacon until it becomes irresistibly crispy. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, leaving the flavorful drippings in the skillet.
Step 3: Saute the Brussels Sprouts
Add olive oil to the skillet and place the halved Brussels sprouts cut side down. Let them develop a golden-brown color for 3-4 minutes, then stir and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Step 4: Add Garlic and Bacon
Introduce minced garlic to the skillet, sautéing for about 1 minute until fragrant. Reunite the crispy bacon with the Brussels sprouts, tossing them together for a flavor-packed reunion.
Step 5: Season and Finish
Season the mixture with salt and pepper, adjusting according to your preferences. For an extra layer of sophistication, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the Brussels sprouts and bacon, tossing to combine.
Step 6: Serve
Transfer the golden medley to a serving dish and indulge immediately.
Expert Tips and Tricks:
- Perfect Crisp: Ensure your bacon is chopped into bite-sized pieces for uniform crispiness.
- Flavor Boost: Experiment with different types of bacon for unique flavor profiles.
- Caramelization Magic: Don’t rush the browning process; it’s the key to unlocking the Brussels sprouts’ sweetness.
- Maple Glazed Delight: Drizzle maple syrup during the final sauté for a sweet twist.
- Parmesan Pizzazz: Sprinkle grated Parmesan over the finished dish for a cheesy kick.
- Spicy Surprise: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat.
What to Serve it With:
- Grilled Chicken Breast
- Baked Salmon
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Lemon Garlic Quinoa
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
- Crusty Garlic Bread
- Tangy Coleslaw
- Grilled Shrimp Skewers
- Wild Rice Pilaf
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or skillet for optimal crispiness.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Rinse the Brussels sprouts under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Trim the ends and cut them in half. If the sprouts are large, you can quarter them.
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon to the skillet and cook until it becomes crispy. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. Once the bacon is crispy, use a slotted spoon to transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels. Leave the bacon drippings in the skillet.
In the same skillet with bacon drippings, add olive oil to the pan. Add the halved Brussels sprouts to the skillet, cut side down, to maximize browning. Cook the Brussels sprouts without stirring for 3-4 minutes or until they develop a golden-brown color. Stir and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Add minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
Add the cooked bacon back to the skillet with the Brussels sprouts and toss everything together. This allows the flavors to meld.
Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preferences.
For an extra layer of flavor, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the Brussels sprouts and bacon mixture. Toss to combine.
Transfer the sautéed Brussels sprouts and bacon to a serving dish and serve immediately.