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braised brussels sprouts

Recipe by
Danyal Vierheller
Dover, OH

This is an old family favorite. While my grandmother was alive, she asked for these every special occasion meal. Now, my husband, who HATES brussels sprouts, is known to take multiple helpings of this dish. There are other variants of this recipe floating around but this is my family's take on it. :)

yield 4 people
prep time 20 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For braised brussels sprouts

  • 1 lb
    brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 lb
  • 1 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • fresh ground pepper

How To Make braised brussels sprouts

  • 1
    Rinse brussels sprouts, trim them and remove any damaged outer leaves. Cut sprouts in half (or quarter them if they are extra large).
  • 2
    Chop bacon into small pieces. Using food grade scissors makes it easy - just cut into approximately 1/4" wide strips, cutting horizontally.
  • 3
    Chop shallots into medium pieces. Don't cut them so fine that they will disappear during the cooking process!
  • 4
    Fry bacon over medium heat in a deep skillet until golden brown and crispy. Remove bacon and set to the side. Add shallots to the bacon fat, frying until golden. This should take 1-2 minutes depending on how hot the grease is.
  • 5
    Add the sprouts to the bacon fat and shallots. Fry until the sprouts are beginning to brown, about 5-7 minutes.
  • 6
    Add 1/2 cup heavy cream & pepper (to taste). Reduce heat, cover & simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally and add cream as needed.
  • 7
    Check sprouts for desired tenderness. If they're done, stir bacon into the pan. Add lemon juice and stir thoroughly.
  • 8
    Serve immediately.

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