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Brussels Sprouts with Applewood Bacon

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 5 applewood-smoked bacon slices, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

How to Make It

  1. Cook Brussels sprouts in boiling salted water to cover 4 minutes; drain. Plunge sprouts into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.

  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet.

  3. Melt butter in hot drippings over medium-high heat; stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until sugar is melted and sauce thickens slightly. Stir in Brussels sprouts; cook, stirring often, 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Brought to the table by chef Brett McKee of Eli's Table in Charleston, South Carolina.