Nutrition / April 4, 2014

Bone Healthy Recipe: Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

I must confess that before 6 months ago, I had never tried brussels sprouts in my life! The first time was at the famous Jean Georges Steakhouse in Las Vegas. I remember the flavor and texture being enhanced by a balsamic reduction and chopped walnuts – I was in love. Who thought the star of a meal could be a side of brussels sprouts?! After that night, all I could think about was recreating my own version and fortunately it only took me a couple of tries to perfect it. This dish is simple, has little prep time, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Yield: 4~6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb brussels spouts, cut in half through the core
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-6 bacon sliced, diced
  • 1/2 cup pecan and walnut mix, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Mix brussels sprouts and shallot in a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper
  3. Pour onto a baking pan and spread diced bacon evenly on top
  4. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Then rotate and flip the sprouts and bake for another 20 minutes  * Rotating and flipping helps the brussels sprouts brown evenly so they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside
  5. In the mean time, spread pecan and walnut mix evenly on another backing pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes
  6. Mix all ingredients in a serving bowl and toss with balsamic vinegar
  7. Check for seasoning and serve!