Brussel sprouts combine with bacon to create one delicious and quick-cooking side dish.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
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
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
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
Having never cooked brussel sprouts before, I was concerned that they wouldn't cook all the way through in just 6 minutes, but they did and they were yummy. Husband liked but did not love (he is not a brussel sprouts fan and they do still taste like brussel sprouts, even sauteed with bacon). The thyme was a nice flavor.
I don't like actual bacon grease so I omitted the bacon initially and used olive oil to sautee the onion & thyme. Next time I'll use more onion. I added real bacon bits at the end. This was extremely easy and very good. Will make again and again.
I liked this, my husband thought it was ok (he isn't a fan of sprouts anyway). I made as directed, but used maple flavored bacon. I figured the sweetness of the bacon would help soften the bite sprouts sometimes have. An easy, good recipe - sprouts cooked perfectly for me in the recipe's stated time.
Simple but good. Made to recipe except subbed fresh thyme for dried. Served with CL's beef with pomegranate pinot sauce. Nice.
I love to make Brussels sprouts, but I do a few things differently. First, I steam the sprouts so they're mostly cooked before I even toss them in the pan. (I have found cooking them thoroughly in the pan just takes too long.) I've never used broth; always a splash of olive oil. I have the sprouts and onion in the pan on the stovetop for just a few minutes to get them nice and brown, then I deglaze with some balsamic vinegar - to me, this is what makes this dish!! That, and lots of fresh ground black pepper.
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