A good friend of ours took a big leap. Last month, she sold her rural house (with a two acre lot), and moved to an apartment in downtown Cleveland (with one bedroom).1 To celebrate, we went out for dinner and a glass of bubbly (or two). Adega’s modern Mediterranean cuisine was fantastic – I got to try Iberico pork – but the hit of the evening was a side dish, Crispy Brussels.
One bite of the roasted brussels sprouts, with bacon and honey, made Diane grab my arm and push a fork at me. “Can you make this? You have to make this.” she demanded.2
It’s not an exact duplicate of Adega’s Crispy Brussels. I’m taking their flavors and adapting them to my shaved brussels sprouts recipe. If you’re looking for a Brussels sprouts to convert Brussels haters, this is the recipe to start with. Bacon, honey…and a few Brussels sprouts shreds hidden in there. They’ll never know what hit them.
Recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Honey
- 10 or 12 inch heavy duty skillet (I use my 12-inch cast iron skillet)
Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Honey recipe – sweet, crispy brussels sprouts – with bacon!
- 4 ounces thick cut bacon, diced
- 9 ounces shaved Brussels sprouts
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Drizzle of honey (about 1 teaspoon)
- Brown the bacon: Spread the bacon out in the bottom of the skillet, then put it over medium-low heat and cook the bacon, stirring often, until the bacon is well browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving as much fat behind as possible. Set the bacon aside for later.
- Cook the sprouts: Add the shaved Brussels sprouts to the skillet and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Sauté the sprouts, stirring and flipping often. The sprouts are done when they are browned and crisp on the edges and the white center turns a light tan and looks softened, about 10 minutes.
- Add the bacon and honey: Stir the bacon back into the sprouts, drizzle with the honey, toss, and scrape the sprouts into a serving bowl.
- I cheat with the bacon, and buy a 4 ounce package of diced bacon. (Or diced pancetta, the Italian version of bacon.) That way, a package of diced bacon and a bag of shaved Brussels sprouts is a dump and stir weeknight side dish.
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