Bacon-Braised Brussels Sprouts

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, washed,and cut in half

4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) bacon, cut into small squares

1 clove 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

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 cup panko bread crumbs

2 sprigs rosemary, leaves only, chopped

Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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 a little pepper, cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes until tender. Remove lid and add a splash of vinegar and reduce until syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. After Brussels sprouts are done cooking, put them in oven safe dish. In sheet tray and toss bread crumbs with rosemary, thyme leaves and chopped garlic, then drizzle with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture and Parmigiano over Brussels sprouts and bake in a hot oven until golden and crispy.

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