Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots


Who was it who originally gave Brussels sprouts a bad name?

Seriously, these little nuggets of deliciousness have really been given a bad wrap!

For the longest time I just avoided them, followed the crowd, took other peoples opinion as truth, but in reality I find them delicious!  They are mini little cabbages and I love cabbage.  

Recently at family dinner my mom, sister-in-law and I were talking about brussel sprouts and all three mentioned that we really liked them at which point my mom asked "well then why don't we ever have them"....fair question!

We never have them because I just assumed no one else liked them....and you know what happens when you assume.....

Since we had another gathering on the books already for a cookout the following weekend (shocker!) we decided to give them a try....add a little bacon, some shallots and seriously who wouldn't love them?

As we suspected/hoped they were a hit and spark an interest to try many more recipes with the same leading role....maybe next time we will roast them in the oven but while the weather is nice it looks like they are grill bound for the next few months!

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
1/3 lb thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts
2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of salt followed by burssels sprouts and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Add bacon into a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat and cook until fat render and bacon crisps. 

Remove bacon to a large bowl and remove all bacon fat expect 1 tablespoon. Add shallots into pan and cook until lightly browned. 

Remove to bowl with bacon.

Place brussels sprouts in a large bowl and toss with reserved bacon fat and salt and pepper to taste. Place on the grill and cook until lightly charred on each side, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Type of fire: Direct
Grill heat: high
Emory was cheering on his momma as she manned the grill!

Remove brussels sprout from grill into bowl with bacon and shallots, toss to combine. 
Pour out onto a serving dish and serve immediately.

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