AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Wintered Brussels Sprouts DATE: 3/23/2009 07:33:00 AM ----- BODY:
With only a handful of Brussels sprouts still growing on the stalk, I wanted just the right recipe to make the most of this special treat. Having recently come across some great ideas in the food-blogosphere, I opted to deviate from my usual Roasted with Bacon.

I combined two recipes: Brussels Sprout Hash with Caramelized Shallots and Bacon from Evil Chef Mom with Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar from White on Rice Couple.

2 slices bacon, diced
1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 brussels sprouts, sliced.
2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a medium skillet, add bacon. Cook over low heat until the fat starts to release. Continue cooking until there's about 1 tbs. of rendered fat.
2. Turn heat to high and add shallots. Cook, stirring regularly, until shallots and bacon start to brown. Drain off excess fat.
3. Add brussels sprout leaves. Cook until they turn bright green, about 2 minutes.
4. Deglaze pan with balsamic vinegar. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger adele DATE:3/23/2009 10:50:00 AM Mmm. Sounds tasty.

Did wintering change the flavor of the brussels sprouts? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Sara DATE:3/23/2009 03:22:00 PM I love brussels sprouts in almost any preparation, but I think roasted might be my favorite! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger melissa DATE:3/24/2009 02:03:00 AM I really want to make that one of Krysta's, and have it printed out as a final hurrah to the sprouts for this week (hopefully). But you combining it with Todd and Diane's is pure genius and looks ridiculously awesome. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Elra DATE:3/24/2009 04:07:00 PM Julia, this brussel sprouts look really delicious. I am lucky to live in California, I can get brussel sprouts all year round.
elra ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:3/24/2009 04:27:00 PM Adele -- they were incredibly sweet.

Sara -- Roasted is great! Even better with bacon ;-)

Melissa -- Can't wait to hear about your brussels.

Elra -- you are lucky! I'm so envious of the fresh produce available year-round in CA. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Heather DATE:3/24/2009 07:50:00 PM mmmmmm bacon. the perfect accompaniment for.... anything ;) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Peef DATE:3/24/2009 07:54:00 PM Yum. I'm a huge fan of brussels... and this looks like a winning recipe. Nice skill in combining the two! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:3/24/2009 09:49:00 PM Is it possible to make great Brussels sprouts without bacon? I usually roast my Brussels sprouts (no bacon involved), and while they are good, they're not great. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:3/25/2009 06:57:00 AM Heather -- you said it, sista!

Peef -- Thanks for visiting my blog.

Lydia -- Have you tried turkey bacon? A non-pork eating friend swears by chestnuts... a nice meaty smoky flavor. ----- --------