Side Dishes

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Honeyed Walnuts

When I was a kid, I never had to worry about trying Brussels Sprouts because my parents didn’t like them.  Mr. Kringle had a different experience.  His mom would boil them and they’d be a stinky mess.  I decided as an adult I wanted to give them a go to see if they were as bad as people said and to both of our delight, I made them pretty darn good!  I perfected the recipe I’m sharing with you so you can get the taste of roasted Brussels sprouts without having to waste a lot of cooking time roasting them!

Even if you’ve always hated Brussels sprouts, you really should give these a try.  They made a believer out of Mr. Kringle and he bad mouthed them with authority before these.  Now we enjoy them once or twice a week and hope you will too!

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Honeyed Walnuts
  • 1 lb bag of fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 1/4 cup (30g) walnuts
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Favorite spices to taste
  1. Grab your 1 lb bag of Brussels so you can prep them.
  2. Cut off the end of the sprout and sit it cut side down on your cutting board so it doesn’t wobble as you slice it.
  3. Hold the sides of the sprout to keep it stable, cut through the middle. These cuts will be where the flavor is absorbed when we get to the skillet.
  4. Repeat with all of your sprouts then place them in a microwave safe container.
  5. Microwave covered for no longer than 3 1/2 minutes otherwise the sulfur will release which is what give Brussels their bad reputation.
  6. Fry bacon until it's just crispy and put aside on a paper towel.
  7. When the Brussels are done in the microwave, remove the lid so they don’t turn mushy.
  8. I like to season them with a little garlic powder and some ground black pepper.
  9. Drain half of the bacon grease making sure to keep the brown bits.
  10. Add your Brussels to the skillet and make sure to flip them cut side down over medium heat so they can caramelize.
  11. In a separate skillet over medium low heat, add 30 grams of walnuts and toast lightly.
  12. Drizzle 1 tsp of your favorite honey over the walnuts and using a rubber spatula, toss to coat and keep on simmer.
  13. Check the Brussels and if they have a nice roasted texture, they’re ready!
  14. Add your Brussels to a pan and crumble your bacon over the top then add the honeyed walnuts and they’re ready to serve!

Use different nuts if you like or leave out the honey if you're watching your sugar intake.

Nutrition information
Serving Size: 2

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