Monday, June 10, 2013

Baked Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

What is a brussel sprout
Growing up, I HATED brussel sprouts. The shape of them, the smell, the taste…. EEEWWWW!!! My mom wasn't a fan either so it's not like we HAD to eat them for dinner. My co-worker cooks them at work frequently and I usually leave the room. Just what is a brussel sprout? Some green thing I said I would never touch, ever!
Then I met SheRie. And it all changed.
SheRie does the cooking at our church and she has some delicious recipes she has shared with us for our Wednesday night dinners, Sunday breakfasts and other special events. Well, one day, she decided to have a cooking class and I signed up right away. I really wanted to learn some of her recipes and I was so excited. The night comes and we gather at church and the menu for the class was Salmon, couscous, brussel sprouts and pumpkin cake.  No…. wait… did she just say brussel sprouts???  Oh boy…. This was going to get interesting. 
She cooked them up and I figured I'd give it a taste. After all, will one of those green things kill me? No. So I ate one……. And I could not believe my taste buds. They were AWESOME!!! Wow, after so many years (and I won't tell you how many), I became a brussel sprout convert. 
She gave us all the recipe and I decided to make them for hubby. He was very skeptical about this and had me fix him an ear of corn the same night… just in case.  What was his opinion? You'll have to keep reading to find out. 
1 package fresh brussel sprouts 
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup shallots, cut into rings
4 slices pancetta, cubed or 5 slices bacon, fat cut off, cooked and chopped
1/2 lb mushrooms, rinsed and stems chopped off
Olive Oil
1/4 cup Cooking wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
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Blanch the fresh sprouts for 3 minutes in boiling water, then plunge them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. This helps the sprouts retain their beautiful green color. 
what is a brussel sprout

what is a brussel sprout
Saute the shallots, garlic and pancetta (or bacon) in olive oil and cooking wine until the shallots are translucent. 
what is a brussel sprout

what is a brussel sprout
Remove the brussel sprouts from the ice bath, rinse them then slice them in half lengthwise. 
what is a brussel sprout
Arrange the sprouts and the mushrooms in a large baking dish. Pour the shallot mix over the sprouts and stir to coat. 
what is a brussel sprout
Bake for 30-40 minutes. The lower end of the baking time gives the sprouts more crunch. It's up to you how you like your texture
what is a brussel sprout
So how did hubby like them? He thought they were delicious!!!  I had told him that this would be amazing and would change his opinion on brussel sprouts forever. And it did. The other day, he text me while I was at work and inquired if we had leftover sprouts. He then said he never thought he would ever ask THAT question. I can't wait to make this again. 

This recipe was featured on All She Cooks Wonderful Food Wednesday June 26, 2013
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Featured on Diana Rambles Pin Me Linky Party #39 on June 28, 2013

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