Thank You, Whoever You Are.
The person who realized that Brussels sprouts and bacon are a perfect match deserves a medal. These diminutive members of the brassica family are not known for their general likeability—and admittedly, Brussels sprouts can have a slight bitterness that makes them an acquired taste. But, pair their vegetal bite with the smoky, meaty heft of crispy bacon—as we do in this easy, stove top sprout recipe—and you’ll find that there are more Brussels sprouts fanatics in your house than you realized.
What Are Brussels Sprouts?
OK first let’s just clarify something—the third “s” in “Brussels” belongs there. It’s “Brussels sprouts” not “Brussel sprouts”. Now, when you chime in on the family text thread about the fact that your Thanksgiving side dish contribution is going to be these Brussels sprouts with bacon and maple, you can type with confidence. Moving on!
So, obviously you know that Brussels sprouts are a vegetable, but what are these tiny cabbage-looking green things anyway? Well, they are indeed a variety of cabbage—therefore related to other veggies in the brassica family, like broccoli and cauliflower—and the “sprouts” or buds, that cover the stalk of the plant are the part we eat. You might also be wondering....
Are Brussels Sprouts Good For You?
We’re betting you have a suspicion that the answer is yes. And, if so, you’re right! Much like their other brassica family relatives like kale and cauliflower, the health benefits of Brussels sprouts are many. In addition to being a wonderful source of fiber—like almost all vegetables—Brussels sprouts are a great source of iron, as well as vitamin A and vitamin C. And EVEN if you pan-fry your Brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup, we still think they count as a healthy vegetable.
How To Cook Brussels Sprouts
While we’ve been known to shave them into a salad and enjoy them raw, these easy, pan-fried maple-bacon Brussels sprouts are probably our very favorite way to cook them. Who knew that a cruciferous vegetable could be so gosh darn comforting? Plus, this recipe is a life-saver at the holidays—no oven time required. Here’s how to make them:
- Grab a skillet and fry some bacon.
- Leave a little bacon fat in the pan (but probably not all of it) and add some olive oil.
- Fry the Brussels sprouts until they're caramelized and crispy.
- Add the bacon back to the pan, drizzle in a little maple syrup and pat yourself on the back! you just made the best Brussels sprouts that your family / friends / whoever have ever tasted. These are mind-changing Brussels sprouts.
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Green Vegetable Side Dishes that Aren’t Total Snooze Fests.
Because seriously, vegetables are delicious! They just need a little TLC.
- Perfectly Roasted Broccoli
- Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Panko and Golden Raisins
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Fish Sauce Dressing
- Roasted Zucchini with Parmesan
“Brussels Sprouts? My Favorite!”
Just imagine hearing that coming out of your kids mouths. With this Brussels sprout recipe on the menu, you honestly just might! Snap a photo of your finished skillet-o-sprouts, and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can see how it turned out for you. Happy eating!