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Joy of Cooking Recipe: Wilted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple

JOY05_400Despite the constant skepticism, brussels sprouts are, in fact, a tasty vegetable. When prepared properly, brussels sprouts can stand out amongst all other veggies and be a holiday crowd pleaser… most especially when they’re combined with bacon.

*Serves 8 to 12

Cook in a large skillet over medium heat until most of the fat has been rendered and the bacon is crisp:
6 slices bacon
Meanwhile, shred as you would cabbage:
1 pound Brussels sprouts
Place the sprouts in a large bowl and toss with:
1 tart apple, finely diced
When the bacon is cooked, remove it to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain off all but about 3 tablespoons of the drippings. Add to the skillet:
2 large shallots or 1 medium onion, minced
Cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add:
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
Stir to coat with oil. Add:
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar or brown sugar
Scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the skillet, and pour the vinegar over the sprouts in the bowl. Toss to combine. Crumble the bacon and add it to the bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Image courtesy of John Becker


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