Nutty Brussels Sprouts

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How do you get kids to eat their Brussels sprouts?  Make these Brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussels Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.

Nutty Brussels Sprouts Recipe

In my house, bacon is one of the main food groups.  I love bacon, my husband loves bacon, and my kids are nuts about bacon.

Our favorite bacon comes from Rihm Foods in Cambridge City, Indiana.  Supporting local businesses and agriculture is top on my priority list.  So naturally, I feel like I’m serving society every time I eat a piece of bacon or use bacon in a recipe.

Bacon is actually the reason I marked this unique Brussels sprout recipe to try in my Vegetables on the Side Cook Book.  I typically prefer my sprouts roasted or shaved in a salad, boiled Brussel sprouts were never a favorite of mine.

But heaven help me, add bacon and toasted pecans to Brussels sprouts, and it’s irresistible!

How to prepare Brussel Sprouts so that kids will eat them?

It’s really easy.  Add ingredients that kids love such as BACON.

To make it easy, all you need to do is sauté boiled Brussels sprouts in bacon grease. Add crispy fried bacon and toasted pecans, and the result is an irresistible side dish that even kids will eat.

How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.

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How to Cook Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans:

  1. Trim Brussels sprouts and cut an X into each stem.
  2. Boil in salted water to cover until just tender. Drain.
  3. Fry chopped bacon until crisp in a large skillet.
  4. Remove bacon and drain off grease except for 2 tablespoons.
  5. Cook onions in remaining bacon grease until translucent.
  6. Add drained Brussels sprouts to the onions and toss until heated through.
  7. Stir in crisp bacon and toasted pecans. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the full ingredient amounts and instructions for boiled Brussels sprouts with bacon, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the post. 

How do you properly boil Brussel sprouts?

The first important thing you need to know is how to prepare the Brussels sprouts for boiling.  To do this, trim off any excess leaves, and then take a sharp knife and carefully but an X in the stem of the sprouts.

What is the purpose of cutting an X in Brussels sprout stems? 

The stem is the thickest, toughest part of a sprout, and cutting an X in it allows the boiling water to reach the inner stem so that the entire sprout cooks at the same rate.   This prevents two common problems with boiled Brussels sprouts: a mushy Brussels sprout and a tough stem.

Once the Brussels sprouts have been prepared, follow this easy process for perfectly boiled Brussels sprouts.

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, bring water to a boil that has been generously salted.
  2. Add prepared Brussels sprouts, and boil until tender, approximately 5 to 10 minutes depending on the size and age of the sprouts. The sprouts are done when a sharp knife will easily pierce the sprouts.

For a super simple side dish, toss with butter and season with salt and pepper.  Or, go ahead and add all the goodness of Nutty Brussels sprouts for the ultimate treat.

Toasted pecans take these Nutty Brussels sprouts from OK to amazing.  Don’t worry if you’ve never toasted your own raw pecans before, the process is really easy and worth the extra effort.

How to toast pecans in the oven?

Toasting pecans adds a whole new level of flavor and texture.  The flavor becomes nuttier as the natural oils get toasted and the texture becomes crunchy.

Essentially, you only need raw pecans. With that being said, you have option of adding a fat like olive oil or butter and seasonings like salt or garlic salt, but that’s completely optional

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the raw pecans on a large cookie sheet or sheet pan in a single layer.
  3. Toast for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring once of twice until the color becomes golden brown.

How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.

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Notes About Nutty Brussels Sprouts:

  • Substitute a red onion for a white or yellow, if desired.
  • Store bought toasted pecans could be used, but toasting your own pecans is worth a few extra minutes of effort. See our instructions above in the post on how to toast raw pecans in the oven.
  • Try adding 2 Tablespoons of dry white wine to the pan when you add back the Brussels sprouts to the skillet. It takes this dish to a whole new level.
  • Fresh chopped parsley is another optional embellishment when added right before serving.

What to serve with Brussels sprouts and bacon?

Nutty Brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish to almost any cut of meat.  If you’re looking for dinner inspiration, here’s some of our favorite entree’s to serve with Brussels sprouts.

Sour Cream Pork Chops

Sour Cream Pork Chops are an simple baked pork chop recipe that packs a punch of a flavor.  With a few simple ingredients, you'll have a fork-tender pork chop that will please the whole family. 

Classic Beef Brisket

Classic Beef Brisket includes an easy brisket rub recipe and a slow cooked oven method.  The result is a juicy, tender, melt-in-your-mouth meal that you will fall in love with and continue to make time and time again. 

Crock Pot Turkey Breast

This Crock Pot Turkey Breast is a quick and simple way to take a frozen boneless turkey breast and turn it into a tender, juicy main dish in just a few steps.

Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken

Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!

Baked Cranberry Pork Chops

Looking for a new way to jazz up pork chops? The sauce for these Baked Cranberry Pork Chops includes just three ingredients but packs a flavorful punch. For best results, mix together the sauce and marinate the pork chops overnight.

12-Minute Old-Fashioned Ham Steak

Nutty Brussels Sprouts

How do you get kids to eat their Brussels sprouts?  Make these Brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussels Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boiled brussel sprouts, brussel sprouts with bacon, brussel sprouts with bacon and pecans, nutty brussel sprouts
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds small Brussel sprouts
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 1/ cup toasted pecan pieces (see post about roasting pecans)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • To prepare Brussels sprouts, trim and cut X in stem.
    How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussel sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.
  • Boil in salted water until a knife pierces easily, approximately 5 - 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussel sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.
  • In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Remove crispy bacon onto a plate, and drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from pan.
  • Cook the onion in the remaining bacon grease until translucent.
    How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussel sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.
  • Add the boiled, drained Brussels sprouts to the pan, and toss until hot.
    How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.
  • To the sprouts, add back bacon and toasted pecans. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussel sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.
  • Serve hot.
    How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussel sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.

Notes

  • Substitute a red onion for a white or yellow, if desired.
  • Store bought toasted pecans could be used, but toasting your own pecans is worth a few extra minutes of effort. See our instructions above in the post on how to toast raw pecans in the oven.
  • Try adding 2 tablespoons of dry white wine to the pan when you add back the Brussel sprouts to the skillet. It takes this dish to a whole new level.
  • Fresh chopped parsley is another optional embellishment when added right before serving.
  • Serve along side beef brisket for the ultimate dinner. 

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How do you get kids to eat their Brussel sprouts?  Make these Brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans!  Nutty Brussel Sprouts will change your opinion of these humble vegetables from yucky to yummy.

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