I love brussel sprouts. Sadly, they get a pretty bad rap sometimes, but I honestly think if they're prepared properly, everyone would love them!
Growing up, I thought I hated brussel sprouts because I'd only had them the way my grandparents fixed them - boiled whole or steamed... and let's be honest, that preparation isn't going to convert anyone to the brussels sprout fan club.
Anyway, I love most brussel sprouts - roasted ones that have that outer crispy brown layer, or cut in half & sauteed with various goodies, or raw & thinly shaved in a salad. But my ultimate favorite way to enjoy them is this way that I'm sharing today... I mean, it has bacon, and who can say no to bacon? :)
This recipe was an attempt to mimic the sauteed brussel sprouts at a favorite local restaurant, and I think it's pretty close! You saute thinly shaved brussel sprouts with sliced shallot, olive oil, and butter, then add a healthy dose of salt, pepper, lemon juice, and crumbled bacon - seriously easy and SO delish!!
And even if you're not a fan brussel sprouts, I think this recipe may just change your mind... I hope you give it a try!
Shaved Brussel Sprout, Shallot & Bacon Saute
- 2 lbs. Brussel sprouts, washed, bottoms cut off & outer layers removed
- 1 large or 2 small shallots
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1/2-1 tsp. salt (sometimes I use garlic salt)
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 4-6 slices of crisp bacon, crumbled
- juice of 1/2 or 1 whole lemon, depending on taste
Start by very thinly slicing your brussel sprouts. You can slice them by hand, or if you have a mandoline, that works well, too. Then slice your shallots very thinly, too.
In a non-stick pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and shallot. Saute for a few minutes, until shallots have wilted and softened.
Next, add the butter and shaved brussel sprouts to the pan and saute for a few additional minutes, until they have started to soften. Add the the salt & pepper and continue cooking & stirring often for another few minutes, until the brussel sprouts are bright green and tender. Right before serving, add the fresh lemon juice and crumbled bacon, and mix well.