Bacon-braised Brussels sprouts



Bacon-braised brussels sprouts

Par Jeremy Noble from St. Paul, United States (bowl of sproutsUploaded by Fæ) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s hard to find a Brussels sprout fan. The bitterness of these green veggies, especially when they are boiled, is a big turn off and doesn’t make them quite palatable. Even their bountiful of health benefits can’t make people go for them.

So ditch boiled or steamed Brussels sprouts and braise them in a flavorful liquid. Trust Drilldoggy, you will rediscover them in a whole new manner and actually start liking them. There are several ways in which you can braise Brussels sprouts. While most cooks will ask you to spike it up with a bout of white wine, the final result isn’t quite kid-friendly. However, braising the veggie in a mixture of bacon-rendered fat and water infuse it with amazing flavors and drives away the bitterness.

So you have great-tasting Brussels sprouts for your family without adding a drop of alcohol in it. Try to be creative and come up with new ideas to make this otherwise revolting veggie a toothsome. But no matter, what how you braise the sprouts, make a point to use the small, firm ones, measuring about 1-1 ¼ in diameter. The bigger ones are found to be more ewwww!!

Pair it with crusty weight loss bread and your favorite meat. Have fun!


Serves: ?

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, rinsed to clean and trimmed
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 6 oz nitrate-free uncured bacon, finely chopped


  • Heat a skillet over moderately high flame and throw in the bacon pieces.
  • Fry them for 4-5 minutes, while stirring often, until they brown and turn crispy.
  • Dump the Brussels sprouts and continue to cook, stirring from to time, until they begin to stick to the skillet.
  • Add splashes of water at times and cook for 15 minutes until they are cooked through.
  • Serve hot as a side dish.