We have landed on the perfect, delicious kid-approved brussels sprout recipe. Which is great because brussels sprouts are incredibly good for you. Brussels sprouts are cruciferious vegetable (broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage). These veggies have cancer fighting abilities, high in many vitamins, cholesterol lowering abilities and are good for your thyroid. Seriously a super food.
So, when we sat down and discussed what we wanted to plant in the garden this year I was not surprised to see brussels sprouts on our list. If you aren’t familiar with how brussels sprouts grow, they do look pretty impressive.
Kid-Approved Brussels Spouts
30 brussels sprouts (we like to eat about 10 brussels sprouts each)
1/4 cup vegetable stock or chicken stock or water
1 tsp bacon fat or 4 slices of bacon
1 tsp olive oil
To prepare the brussel sprouts
Cut the end off the brussels sprout.
Peel off any brown/rusty outer leaves. Cut the sprout in half, lengthwise.
Slice the sprout into thin strips. The strips don’t need to be super thin.
Add the olive oil and the bacon fat to a sauté pan. If you don’t have any bacon fat on hand, it’s time to use the strips of bacon. Chop four strips of bacon into 2 cm wide pieces and render down the bacon in the sauté pan. When the bacon is cooked, remove the bacon pieces from the pan, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.
Now it’s time to add the chopped brussels sprouts to the pan. Toss the sprouts in the fat.
Sauté the brussels sprouts until they begin to softened…about 2-3 minutes. Add the stock to the pan, this will cool the pan and help deglaze the pan. Sauté the sprouts until the stock is absorbed and the sprouts are cooked through…about 5 minutes. We like our brussels sprouts to be a little bit browned, feel free to cook the sprouts to the doneness you like.
If you are using bacon, return the bacon pieces into the pan and mix the crispy bacon through the sprouts. Remove from the heat and serve.
Here’s hoping in a few weeks we’ll be enjoying some home grown brussels sprouts…cross your fingers for us.
Another family friendly brussel sprout dish – kale, potato and brussel sprout salad