What better way is there to round out the week (and start the weekend!) then with a delicious and healthy meal?!
I have to be honest here, I had never even tried brussels sprouts until I got to college. My mom despises them, so therefore she never cooked them growing up. When I moved in with Isabelle, brussels sprouts were basically a food group to her. She finally convinced me to try them and I’ve been hooked ever since. (She got me to love broccoli again, too!) Everyone in my house, whether they like it or not (sorry not sorry, Harrison!) eats a ton of brussels sprouts. I usually whip them up as a side dish, but I wanted to find a way to make them be the star of the show for a night.
It’s a really simple recipe to make but leaves a huge impact. I prefer to cut my brussels sprouts on the smaller side, that way they cook faster and leave a nice charred flavor on the outside. Searing your brussels sprouts over high heat caramelizes the outside and yields perfect crisp-tender texture inside. For best results, use a 12-inch cast-iron pan, or sear your sprouts in two batches.
If you’re serving this to a large group of people it’s super easy to prepare ahead of time. Simply half all of your brussels sprouts ahead of time, and put all of your ingredients into the skillet. This dish quickly became a favorite because it’s simple to cater towards our vegetarian friends too, just leave the bacon and prosciutto out!
What do you think, will you be trying this at home?
- 1 large bag of brussel sprouts
- 2 tablespoons of EVOO
- 2 strips thick cut bacon
- 2 slices of prosciutto
- 2 diced shallots
- sprinkle of cheese (we used a parmesan blend)
- Pour olive oil into your cast iron skillet and heat at medium on the stovetop.
- Cut off the ends of your brussels and halve.
- Dice shallots (I prefer the smallest possible.)
- Cut bacon and prosciutto into small squares.
- Combine in skillet and cook until brussels are bright green. (approx. 10 minutes)
- Place skillet in oven at 350 for a little less than 10 minutes and sprinkle with cheese. This gives your dish a lovely brown and crispy aspect!
- Serve and enjoy!