I love it when people come to my house for a visit and get to be guinea pigs. And I love it even more when it is a dish that most folks proclaim they hate. Or have never tried because they heard everyone else talk about how bad it is.
And that is the way a lot of people feel about brussels sprouts.
They have a preconceived notion that they taste horrible.
They don’t. They are WONDERFUL. They just have to be cooked right.
So the night I made these and my friend Kaye and her daughter Kailen stopped by I wouldn’t even tell them what they were eating…LOL. I just let them savor the moment of deliciousness and then sprang it on them. They were SHOCKED. Neither of them had ever had brussels sprout and both thought that would be something they would never try, much less like.
I personally ate 3 helpings. I couldn’t stay away and just kept eating and eating and eating. Yep, it is just THAT good!
1-2 pounds fresh large brussels sprouts, washed, cut in quarters, brown ends cut off
4-6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 sweet onion
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Bake the bacon on the baking sheet for 15-20 minutes.
While the bacon is baking, heat olive oil in a frying pan and saute the onion until lightly brown and translucent.
Once the bacon has cooked remove from pan and place on a paper towel to drain. Then crumble.
Cut the brussels sprouts into quarters and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, pour the bacon grease over the brussels sprouts and toss lightly to coat. Add the brussels sprouts to the foil lined pan that the bacon cooked in and place in oven (on 400 degrees) for 20 minutes.
Combine the onions, crumbled bacon and Parmesan cheese in the bowl and toss until combined.
Remove the brussels sprouts from the oven and combine the bacon, onion and cheese mixture with the brussels sprouts. Toss lightly on the pan being careful not to tear the aluminum foil, then return to the oven for 5 more minutes.