It’s no surprise to anyone that I enjoy hosting a delicious dinner party. Recently I was pleased when a simple Brussels sprouts recipe stole the show. Who would have known that these little under dogs were going to be everyone’s favorite thing on their plate? With every bite you immediately sense the salty and crispy vegetable balanced with a brisk hint of sweet tartness from the pomegranate and balsamic vinegar! And then you taste the bacon. It’s tauntingly delicious! So, for all of you that think you don’t like Brussels sprouts……you may want to try this recipe before you cast judgement! And, it’s very simple to prepare yet it will impress even your most complicated guest. Here’s what to do.
Items that you need:
1 & 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
4 ounces of bacon, chopped and uncooked
Olive oil, about 1/4 cup
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
First, trim the Brussels sprouts and slice them in half.
Cover them well with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. These are hearty little leafy vegetables so don’t be afraid of Kosher salt. Let me remind you that I only use Kosher salt in most of my cooking.
Spread the Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan in a single layer. Include all of the random leaves that have fallen off. The leaves crisp up beautifully and are delicious so don’t discard them. Add the chopped uncooked bacon and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. They should be done at this point but if you want to broil them on high for 1-2 minutes you can. I like mine very crispy!!!
Remove from the oven and transfer to a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and some pomegranate seeds and stir well. I added about 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds but I made that judgement based on how I wanted it to look. Serve and indulge.
How to get the seeds from a pomegranate? It is so easy that you should be ashamed if you avoid it because it’s unfamiliar to you. I searched for a video on youtube and had no problems executing the task. It’s as simple as slicing it in half and tapping the back side with a spoon until all of the seeds fall out. The other method is to slice the ends off of the pomegranate. Submerge the fruit in a bowl of water and simply spread the sides apart unit all of the seeds fall out. It really is as simple as that. Save your remaining seeds in the freezer. These are great to have to throw into a glass of white wine or for dozens of other things.