Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

    50 min

    A wonderful way to spruce up boring Brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts are cooked with bacon, onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar and chicken stock. Serve as a side dish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 225g streaky bacon, diced
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons butter
    • 1/4 onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • 125ml balsamic vinegar
    • 675g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
    • 500ml chicken stock

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Place the bacon in a large, deep frying pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, but not crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon fat in the frying pan. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat and stir in the olive oil, butter, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the onion softens and the garlic lightly browns, 5 to 7 minutes.
    2. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and bring to a simmer; cook until the liquid has reduced by 1/3. Add the reserved bacon, the halved Brussels sprouts and the chicken stock. Stir, then bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the Brussels sprouts are tender, yet still slightly firm, about 10 minutes.

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    This has the potential to be a 5 star recipe, but for me personally the balsamic was too overpowering for the dish, I think I will tweak it a bit and would be a great recipe. I will probably omit the balsamic and the chicken stock and just sautee them in butter and then do the bacon with garlic and sauteed onions. Thanks for the start!  -  15 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    One thing to remember when using balsmic ordinaire is that it is not as sweet as aged(expensive) balsmic. We add a little sugar(old chiefs trick) to simulate the good stuff.  -  26 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Never did I think I would rate a brussels sprouts recipe as 5 stars. I thought about tossing the sprouts when I got my weekly delivery of organic veggies and saw those in there. but not wanting to be wasteful I figured I would try to find a good recipe to use them in. This was a perfect recipe! I added some cooked quartered red potatoes with the sprouts during the last 10 minutes of cooking and it was so good. Be sure to use good quality balsamic. I used an 18 year aged BV that was slightly flavored with cassis which worked well.  -  27 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)