Woke up quick at about noon, just thought I had to have some Brussel Sprouts soon…and maple bacon (lardon)
Sorry there is nothing gangsta about brussel sprouts but I got that movie on my mind so I went with it. What say you Eazy?
Word…lets cook some sprouts.
There are a couple of ways to do this but I will put optionals in italics for you. For those of you wanting to learn something to term “lardon” just means a small matchstick size slice of bacon, next time you want to drop a word that impresses everyone go for it. This is another low-carb veggie dish.
- Brussel Sprouts, 1 bag, just under a pound usually.
- 4 Strips Bacon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar-free maple syrup (or sugar-filled if you want)
- 1 Clove Crushed Garlic
- OR, I prefer to use some Garlic Infused Oil, rather than just oil or just garlic.
- Optional – Chicken Stock, Small Amount
Lets talk about some fancy food for breakfast.
You’re going to want to slice all your sprouts in half, this is so you can put them comfortably face-down when you’re searing them.
Add about 2 tablespoons of oil, I know what you’re thinking “but the bacon is so fatty already why would we add oil?” We want to use the fat infused with bacon flavor to cook the sprouts, so letting it cook with the bacon helps spread the flavor.
I rock the splatter guard for this one.
Let the bacon cook until crispy, pick them up and give em’ a shake to get the oil off.
Put the bacon onto a cutting board, then arrange your sprouts face-down on the pan.
So here is where there is a little controversy and you’re going to have to make a decision on what to do. You can add some chicken stock here, about enough to go 1/3rd of the way up the sprout. This will simmer and reduce, then you can sear the bottom of the sprout. This will give you a softer brussel sprout, if you like a firm sprout then ignore this step. Going to have to figure it out on your own which one you prefer.
While that’s going on chop up your bacon into lardons.
Once they start to sear, about 3-5 minutes after you drop them into the pan, start to toss them and sear all sides.
Throw in your bacon match sticks.
Once you have the amount of sear that you’re comfortable with, put the mix into a bowl and add your maple syrup. I use the sugar-free one and do this to your own taste, I use about 1 1/2 tbsp.
There you have it brussel sprouts of champions, that sweet/salty/crunchy/brusseley(?) flavor.
Just a note, some people hate brussel sprouts so don’t think this will suddenly make you love them if you already hated em’.