Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bacon and Cheese Brussel Sprouts

This is one of the appetizers that we had on New Years. I actually used real bacon (GASP!), instead of turkey bacon, but got rid of all the fatty pieces. The recipe said to cook the brussel sprouts in the bacon grease, but everyone knows I love oven-roasting my vegetables and that is what I did instead. I roasted my brussel sprouts for about 20 minutes, after I drizzled them with a tad of olive oil and seasoned them with salt and pepper.
I also specifically bought aged cheddar for this appetizer and the final result was a very yummy bite that included sweet, savory, salty, spicey,- basically a little bit of everything. This was really good.

Bacon and Cheese Brussels Sprouts Olyia Mimkho From Every Day with Rachael Ray November 2006 SIX SERVINGSPrep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 20 min
6 thick-cut strips bacon, stacked and quartered crosswise (24 pieces)
24 brussels sprouts, trimmed
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 24 small cubes
1. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until cooked through but not crisp, about 6 minutes; drain on paper towels.
2. Cook the brussels sprouts in the bacon fat until golden brown and tender, about 10 minutes; discard the fat. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the maple syrup. Serve each brussels sprout on a toothpick with a piece of bacon and a cheddar cube.

Up Next- Barley Risotto with Kale and Red Peppers


Jessica said...

I'm a huge roasted brussel sprouts loveer - one of my favorite foods. These just might be making an appearance for the super bowl!

Navita said...

love the pic..

came here thru FFF
congratulations! :)

Jessica said...

I love aged cheddar and bacon. I like brussel sprouts. So, methinks that I will have to try this recipe. I wonder how it would go down as a Super Bowl appetizer? Or if you could make it into a side dish instead?

Cathy said...

Look at you, going crazy with that real bacon!!! :-). I swear, your posts always make me want to revisit veggies that I thought I didn't care for (e.g. beets, brussel sprouts) - because you always find really interesting and delicious ways to prepare things!

Cathy said...

P.S. I made sure to say hi to Athens for you this weekend!

J.Danger said...

looks great!

Anonymous said...

I just bought brussel sprouts for the very first time in my life today at the farmers' market. I'm planning on roasting them too.

The skewers look good. I love cheese.

Maria said...

Great appetizer. Maybe josh would eat sprouts if bacon was involved!

Steph said...

The appetizer looks delicious. I was acutally thinking the same thing before I even read your post..Mary Ann using bacon?! haha.

Marie said...

What a delicious looking appetizer! I just love roasted Brussels sprouts! I actually love them in any way shape or form. I could eat a whole plate of them all by myself!

Aggie said...

I would love these little bites!!

I've never had parsnips, those fries below make me want to try them!!