The best brussels sprouts recipe I ever had was one mom used to make when I was a kid. I know that lots of kids hate brussels sprouts, but honestly, I always loved when my mom put a bowl of what I always called mini cabbages.
Cooking brussels sprouts is so easy. Unfortunately, many people remember being served brussels sprouts that were boiled. They were bland, bitter and had very little flavour.
But, when cooked properly, brussels sprouts are delicious and they are an amazing vegetable side dish. I love roasting or pan frying brussels sprouts because the browning and caramelizing on the outside of the vegetable adds a sweet flavour to the brussels sprouts.
These pan fried brussels sprouts are so good and having them be topped with crumbled bacon and crispy fried onions turns a tasty vegetable into an incredible side dish. Once you make them, you will be looking for the next opportunity to cook them again!
If you are looking for a new side dish for your next holiday dinner, then look no further. These brussels sprouts are delicious and the perfect compliment for Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas dinner. Serve these alongside these Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes
Start things off by cooking the bacon. I cut them first into small strips and then fry them in the skillet over medium heat. The temperature does not need to be too high. I find medium is perfect for browning and rendering the bacon.
Once the bacon is browned and crispy, scoop them out of the skillet and let them drain on a paper towel. Drain most of the bacon grease off the skillet, but keep a few tablespoons in the skillet.
Place the brussels sprouts halves in the skillet with the salt, pepper and water.
Put a lid on the skillet to cover the brussels sprouts. Since these vegetables are hard and quite dense, they need a little help to cook them through. This is a combination of steaming them at the same time they are pan fried.
After cooking with the lid on for about 6-8 minutes, remove the lid, lower heat and continue to cook. During this time the water will evaporate and the brussels sprouts will start to brown and caramelize as they sauté in the skillet.
The brussels sprouts are finished cooking once you can easily stick a fork in them with no resistance. Remove them from the heat, place them in a serving bowl, and top them with the cooked bacon pieces and crisp fried onions.
For the fried onions, you can purchase a package of French’s, Original French Fried Onions or some other brand. You can also make them yourself using this recipe for Onion Crisps.
Be prepared – this dish will be popular! Any time I make them, they disappear FAST.