Bacon and Brussels Sprouts with Butter

I’ve loved brussels sprouts before they were cool. I also like beets, kohlrabi and cabbage. I think in a past life I was a short peasant women in a Eastern-European land. I wonder if they ever put brussels sprouts with bacon though? That was a life-changing recipe fad for many people I’m sure. But have you ever added butter to the mix? Sounds excessive but trust me, it’s a game-changer. This is one of those recipes that is great for cleaning out your refrigerator. You can use any veggies you like as colorful filler. I had orange peppers and zucchini, so I added those. Most vegetables taste amazing when they’re mixed with bacon and butter! I served mine with risotto that I made with white wine and shredded parmesan.

 
 
Delicious combination of bacon, brussels sprouts, butter, zucchini and risotto

Delicious combination of bacon, brussels sprouts, butter, zucchini and risotto

Ingredients

12-15 brussels sprouts, washed, 1st layer discarded and cut and half

1 medium zucchini, sliced

1/2 pepper, cut into 1” pieces

Garlic powder

Black pepper

1 T butter

6 pieces of bacon

Pour out the bacon grease, but keep the toasty bits!

Pour out the bacon grease, but keep the toasty bits!

Instructions

  • Fry your bacon in a large skillet-don’t burn it! When it’s done to your crispy preference, remove it to a paper towel. Drain the bacon grease into a can, but keep all the toasty bits in the pan!

  • Lower the temp to med-low.

  • Deglaze your pan with a pat of butter. Yes I said butter.

  • Add your brussels sprouts and stir to coat. Turn up the heat to medium. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

  • Mix in the zucchini and saute for 2-3 minutes. You want the sizzle, and hot enough to cook off the water quickly, without burning things-so know your cook-top.

  • Add the peppers and whatever other veggies you may have, give a good sprinkle of garlic powder, black pepper and stir.

  • When the vegetables are heated through, add the chopped bacon. Cook 1-2 mins to heat and cook off any liquid. Carmelization is your friend.

Saute your sprouts and zucchini in hot butter

Saute your sprouts and zucchini in hot butter

Saute until it all starts to carmelize

Saute until it all starts to carmelize

An easy sauted bacon and brussels sprouts recipe with butter-add whatever other vegetables you need to use up!

An easy sauted bacon and brussels sprouts recipe with butter-add whatever other vegetables you need to use up!