Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts

Todays recipe is fabulous.   If you are not already a Brussels sprout fan, this is a must to try.   You will be one afterwards!  I will be serving this with my Prime Rib on Christmas Day.


1 1/2 punds Brussels sprouts
4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) bacon, cut into small squares
1 clove of garlic, peeled and smashed, plus 2 cloves, roughly chopped
4 sprigs thyme, plus 2 sprigs thyme, leaves only, chopped
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 sprig rosemary. leaves only, chopped.
Extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Take a large pan and set over medium high heat.  Add bacon and cook until fat renders 2 to 3 minutes.   Add the smashed garlic clove, thyme sprigs and Brussels sprouts and cook gently until slightly caramelized.   Add stock and reduce heat to a simmer.  Season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer for 12 -15 minutes until tender.   Remove Brussels sprouts from pan and place in an oven safe dish.  Add a splash of balsamic vinegar to stock mixture in pan and reduce until syrupy, 2 - 3 minutes.
Pour the syrupy mixture over the brussels sprouts and gently toss.

In a sheet tray toss the bread crumbs with rosemary, thyme leaves ad chopped garlic.  Drizzle with a little olive oil and salt and pepper.  Sprinkle bread crumb mixture and Parmigiano over Brussels sprouts and bak ein a hot oven until golden and crispy.

Give it a try and please let us know what you think!

Merry Christmas everyone !!!!!!!

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