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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

  • 2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  1. Trim tough ends from Brussels sprouts. In 4-quart saucepan over high heat, heat 1 inch water to boiling. Add Brussels sprouts; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are tender-crisp. Drain. (If you like, Brussels sprouts can be cooked a day ahead. After draining, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking; then cover and refrigerate until ready to stir-fry in step 3.)
  2. In nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat, cook bacon until browned. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain; crumble.
  3. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp bacon fat from skillet. Over medium-high heat, heat bacon fat and olive oil. Add Brussels sprouts, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until Brussels sprouts are browned, about 5 minutes. Top with pine nuts and crumbled bacon.

Yield: 8 servings.

Don't forget to eat your Brussels Sprouts!  ~ Ciscoe