Crispy brussel sprouts

Raise your hand if you love bacon!  Wow, that is a lot of hands up!

Raise your hand if you love brussel sprouts!  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

Growing up we never ate brussel sprouts because my mom didn't like them.  As a result, I always assumed they were pretty nasty and as a member of the vegetable family they were already enemy #1 in my eyes.  I finally had them a few years ago at a fancy pants restaurant when I was throwing a big corporate event and wow I was shocked they could taste GOOD.

Yesterday I found some of the last sprouts of the season at our market and thought I could attempt to recreate the ones I had eaten at the fancy restaurant.

Crispy brussel sprouts ala Sarah

4 strips of bacon...we're off to a wonderful start!
1+ lbs of brussel sprouts washed, trimmed, and halved
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1/4 tsp of black pepper
Olive oil for drizzling

In a 400 degree oven, cook the bacon in a cookie sheet with edges or in Pyrex baking dish.  After 10 minutes remove bacon from the pan and set aside.  Toss the sprouts in the bacon grease and drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top.  Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.  Return to oven for 15 minutes.

In a frying pan on the stove, cook the bacon until crispy.

After 15 minutes, stir sprouts and make sure they are all cut side down in the pan.  Cook for another 5-7 minutes then broil under a watchful eye until you see leaves crisping up.  Toss with now crispy bacon and serve immediately.

This is also posted on Real Food Wednesdays.