This side dish always goes over like gangbusters– even folks who say they don’t like brussel sprouts are always surprised. But then, who doesn’t love bacon?
HOW MANY SPROUTS TO BUY
The rule of thumb with brussel sprouts is that a 1-quart basket or 1 1/4 pounds serves about 5 people as a side dish.
If you are picking them out from a bin, go for the smaller ones.
GET THEM READY
Trim the base and peel off the outer leaves.
Very important! This will make your sprouts bright green when you serve them. When they get all yellow and mushy from being cooked too long in the pan, they just don’t look appetizing.
Bring a pot of salted water to a furious boil.
Drop in the sprouts.
Let them bob around for about 6 minutes if they are normal size, 4 if they are baby sized.
Remove from water to a colander, and then lay them out on a towel to dry.
For each quart of sprouts:
-2 slices of bacon, chopped
tip: freeze the bacon and then chop it up
-1/2 a pear, chopped
-2 shallot cloves, finely chopped
Cook the bacon in the pan until it is just barely getting crispy. Remove.
Saute the shallots in the bacon grease until they are soft.
Add the brussel sprouts and cook for about 3 minutes
Add the pear and cook another 3 minutes
Add bacon and saute just until it’s all mixed together.
Salt and pepper to taste.
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