Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bacon and Grapes Brussels Sprouts

by Meghann on September 20, 2012

Hat tip to Lindsay for tonight’s dinner inspiration.

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Ummmm….. yeah, that sounded flippin’ amazing. I think she had me at brussels sprouts. And bacon.

Luckily, I already had all the ingredients on hand and couldn’t wait to get home and put my own spin on the combo.

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Instead of roasting the brussels sprouts and grapes, I decided to go the stovetop route.

Like so…

Bacon and Grapes Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound white + red grapes
  • honey
  • red pepper flakes
  • fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper

First, the bacon!

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I fried up four pieces until they were nice and crispy, then discarded the bacon grease (leaving just a smidgen to cook with) and set the bacon aside for later.

The brussels sprouts and onion were up next.

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I added the brussels sprouts and onion to the remaining bacon grease on high heat and let them cook until the brussels sprouts were soft.

While the brussels were cooking, I halved the grapes and added a drizzle of honey, fresh thyme, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to them (taking a cue from my last experience cooking with grapes – it’s an awesome combo).

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The grapes were added to the brussels.

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And a couple of minutes later, the bacon joined the party too.

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I gave everything a quick toss, seasoned with a little more salt and pepper, and the dish was ready!

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I was afraid the grapes and honey would be too sweet in the combo, but they were perfect. I think the bacon brought everything together giving a nice salty, savory edge to the dish.

I served the bacon and grape brussels sprouts with grilled chicken breast and quinoa.

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We have zero leftovers. Derek and I polished off every last bite of the quinoa, chicken, and brussels sprouts – it was that good. I think it would make a great side dish to bring for a dinner party or get together. I WILL be making it again. 🙂

I had a mini bowl of vanilla ice cream with granola for dessert.

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GLEE TIME!

Good night!

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