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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Total time 20 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Brussel sprouts combine with bacon to create one delicious and quick-cooking side dish.

Ingredients

  • 3 slices center-cut bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups presliced onion
  • 1/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

Nutrition Information

  • calories 81
  • fat 1.5 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 6.1 g
  • carbohydrate 13.7 g
  • fiber 4.9 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 101 mg
  • calcium 58 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook 7 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; drain.

  2. Add thyme and onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth and Brussels sprouts; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Sprinkle with bacon.

  3. Lemon and Pecan variation: Omit bacon; use 1 teaspoon olive oil in place of bacon drippings. Substitute 1 cup prechopped onion for sliced onion. To finish, stir in 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 132; FAT 7g (sat 7g); SODIUM 36mg

  4. Sesame, Garlic, and Ginger variation: Omit bacon and thyme; use 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil in place of drippings. Use 1 cup chopped onion; add 2 teaspoons minced ginger and 1 minced garlic clove. To finish, add 1/4 cup sliced green onions and 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 107; FAT 4g (sat 5g); SODIUM 181mg

  5. Garlic and Pecorino variation: Omit bacon; use 1 teaspoon olive oil in place of drippings. Use 1 cup prechopped onion; add 6 sliced garlic cloves. To finish, add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons shaved pecorino Romano cheese. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 115; FAT 7g (sat 1g); SODIUM 156mg