Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon
- Prep Time 0:20
- Cook Time 0:37
- Estimated Cost $7
- 16 Comments
My favorite thing about this dish is its mouthwatering combination of flavors and textures: smokey, sweet, earthy, crispy, soft and tender. My second-favorite thing about it is its short list of uncomplicated ingredients, which, after a little pan-roasting, transform into a medley of deliciousness. The sprouts turn tender and gently charred on the edges, the onions caramelize, the bacon crisps and the sugars in the apples are coaxed to a peak, making them taste like little bites of sweet-tart apple sauce. Best of all, there’s no need for additional oil or butter, since the bacon fat does double duty, keeping everything moist and tying the dish together with its magnificently rich flavor.
This is an optimal hearty holiday side dish, but if you, like me, like to eat bowls of Brussels sprouts for lunch, it won’t disappoint.
3 strips bacon, preferably uncured $3.50 for 8 oz.
1 medium onion, diced $0.50
1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise $2.50
1 apple (any kind), cored and diced (leave the peel on) $0.50
salt and pepper to taste Pantry
Recipe Serves 4
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut bacon into thin 1" strips. Kitchen scissors work very well for this.
- Heat a large oven-proof frying pan (cast iron works especially well) over medium-high heat and add the bacon, using a wooden spoon or spatula to separate the pieces so they cook evenly. Let cook for 7-8 minutes until they are brown and crisp.
- Reduce heat to medium, add the onion and stir well to distribute evenly. Let cook for another 2-3 minutes, until onions become translucent and very fragrant.
- Add the Brussels sprouts and apple and stir well. Let cook on the stovetop for about 6 minutes, stirring once or twice.
- Transfer pan to the preheated oven and let cook, stirring occasionally, for 18-20 minutes, or until sprouts are tender and bacon is crisp. (If the bacon has softened a bit in the oven, return the pan to the stovetop and cook over high heat for a few minutes until it becomes crisp again).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste (easy on the salt, though--the bacon is pretty salty already).