May 29 2010

Eat Your Brussels Sprouts

Published by at 9:31 am under Dinner,Entertaining

The first time I attempted the bacon and brussels sprouts combo, the sprouts were hardly cooked, but the bacon turned out more like bacon bits — fail. The second time, I introduced red wine into the mix and loved the result. But I got a little cocky about the small success and decided it’d be lovely over pasta. Verdict? Not so. All my hard work reducing the wine was completely lost among the noodles. But I’ve had this recipe on the back burner for a while, hoping to share some semblance of an edible side dish.

My favorite thing about this recipe is how interesting it is, without being pretentious. I used pancetta because that’s what my assistant bought at the store, but all-American bacon would probably be even better. It’s a great match with burgers or grilled steak (think upscale bar food), but I served it alongside grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs for an easy summer meal that tastes pretty decadent. Bacon tends to have that effect.

*Apologies for the less-than-stellar picture — dinner parties aren’t the best venue for photography!

Bacon Brussels Sprouts in Red Wine

Ingredients (Serves 4):

4 oz. bacon or pancetta

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 pound brown mushrooms, sliced

1 pound brussels sprouts

1/2 cup red wine, divided

1 tsp. salt

Pinch of pepper

Chop bacon and cook on medium high heat in large skillet for 5 minutes or until brown and done. Remove bacon from pan, leaving the oil in the skillet. Add olive oil and garlic, and reduce heat to medium.

Add mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes, until soft. Cut brussels sprouts in half, and add them to the pan. Sauté for another 10 minutes, so that veggies begin to brown. Reduce heat slightly, around medium-low. Add 1/4 cup of the wine, and simmer until liquid is mostly reduced (7 to 8 minutes). Add the remaining wine, and continue to simmer. Add salt and pepper, and stir.

Add bacon back into pan. Cook until liquid is reduced (9 to 10 minutes) and serve.

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One Response to “Eat Your Brussels Sprouts”

  1. SHon 04 Jun 2010 at 10:50 am

    <3 brussels sprouts