Brussels sprouts. Even the name is not that appealing. I never once had these growing up and as an adult feared them. I don't know what I thought they would taste like, but I knew it couldn't be good. I carefully avoided these things until my 40s when I saw Tyler Florence make them on Tyler's Ultimate. Now it's no secret that that man could probably make kitty-poo on toast and I would try it, so why not Brussels Sprouts?
This recipe was the perfect introduction to this amazingly delicious vegetable. They are just like little yummy cabbages, but heartier. I am hooked.
This is a fairly easy recipe and I highly recommend it whether you have tried Brussels sprouts or not.
- 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, washed,trimmed, and cut in half
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) bacon, cut into small squares
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 2 sprigs thyme, leaves only, chopped
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves only, chopped
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Take a large pan and set over medium-high heat.
- Add bacon and cook until fat renders - 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the smashed garlic clove, thyme sprigs and Brussels sprouts and cook gently until slightly caramelized.
- Add stock and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Season with salt and a little pepper, cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes until tender.
- Remove lid and add a splash of vinegar and reduce until syrupy - 2 to 3 minutes.
- After Brussels sprouts are done cooking, put them in oven safe dish.
- In a large bowl toss panko with rosemary, thyme leaves and chopped garlic, then drizzle with a little olive oil and salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle panko mixture and Parmigiano over Brussels sprouts and bake in a hot oven until golden and crispy.
If you have birds, they LOVE LOVE LOVE uncooked Brussels Sprouts. I chop off the ends and peel off each layer like little pieces of lettuce. They all go nuts! Brussels Sprouts are also very good for them, so pick up a few extras for your little feathered friends.