Charred Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Lemon
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I was never much of a brussels sprouts fan, until I tried this recipe. This is an absolutely delicious side dish for any chicken or fish dish. It takes about 15-20 minutes to make.
Recipe type: Vegetables
Serves: 4-6
  • One bag of frozen brussels sprouts, 1-2 pounds is perfect
  • 3 T canola or olive oil
  • ¼ cup bacon, chopped (I like Neuske's Applewood Smoked Bacon)
  • ¼ lemon wedge
  • Salt and Pepper
  • These can be dressed up with lemon zest, or hot red pepper flakes, or even a splash (1 to 2 T) of Cinzano Bianco (white vermouth).
  1. Cut the brussels sprouts in half at the middle, so they become half moons.
  2. Heat up a heavy pan over medium-high heat. I like to use a well-seasoned cast iron pan.
  3. Finely chop the bacon and add it to the dry, hot pan. Let it saute for a minute or two to season the pan. Don't burn it. If you get close to burning it, add the oil. (If you do burn it, it will have an extra char taste. Taste the bacon. Don't like it? Scoop out the bacon and start that step over.)
  4. As soon as the bacon is cooked, add the oil to the pan. (Be careful if your hands are wet; oil and water don't mix well, and can cause a spashy burn if you drop water onto hot oil.)
  5. Add the cut brussels sprouts to the hot bacony oil, cut side down if you can.
  6. Let the brussels sprouts char for a few minutes. You do want them to get black, so that is perfectly ok here.
  7. Once the cut side is charred, I like to shake the pan or stir it with a spatula to char the rest of their outsides a bit.
  8. Once the brussels sprouts are nicely charred, remove them from the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Squeeze ¼ of a lemon over the brussels sprouts.
  10. Everyone will devour these, so make extra next time!
  11. These can be dressed up with lemon zest, or hot red pepper flakes, or even a splash of Cinzano Blanco added with the lemon juice. (If you want them even spicier, add the hot red pepper flakes to the pan when the oil is added to the pan. If the Cinzano Blanco has too much alcohol for you, you can add it at step 7. It will cook off nicely and still flavor the dish.)
Recipe by WooPigFoodie at