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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.