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Bacon Brussels Sprouts

45 mins

This quick and easy Brussels sprout side dish is packed with flavor from caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and cheesy olives.

RATING:
PREP: 30 mins
SERVINGS: 4
COOK: 15 mins
SKILL LEVEL: Easy
Ingredients

4 strips (1/3 pound) thick-cut, smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch squares
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 medium red onion, peeled and diced
1 jar Pearls Specialties Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, drained
salt and pepper, as needed
1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Cooking Instructions

Heat a 10 or 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until golden and crisp, stirring occasionally, 8-12 minutes. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and remove all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan, reserving the extra fat. Add the onion, a splash of water, and a big pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 10 - 15 minutes, adding another splash or two of water if the pan looks dry. Add the olives and cook until the olives are glazed and heated through, 5 minutes. Remove the onions and olives from the pan.
Add 2 tablespoons of bacon fat back to the pan. Carefully place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer, cut-side down, and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Cover and cook over medium heat until the undersides are golden, 5 minutes, then remove the lid and gently stir in a splash of water to deglaze the pan. Continue cooking the Brussels sprouts until just tender, tossing occasionally, about 5 more minutes. Add the bacon, olive, and onion mixture to the Brussels sprouts, and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and a generous grind of pepper, and remove from the heat. Taste, adding more salt or balsamic if you feel the dish needs it.

PEARLS PRODUCTS IN THIS RECIPE

Specialties
Blue Cheese Stuffed

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