Inside: Learn how to make amazing Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions.
I used to hate Brussel Sprouts. With a passion. It was a deep, lifelong hatred, and I really did not expect that it would ever change.
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me, “Oh, you just haven’t had them the way I make them. You’ll like these!”
And I would try them – reluctantly, but hopefully. And NOPE – still revolting.
It wasn’t so much a flavor thing, either. After all, Brussels Sprouts are very similar to cabbage in taste, and I love cabbage. No, this was a texture thing. No matter how the Brussels Sprouts tasted, they’d always turn into this nasty mound of mush in my mouth that I didn’t want to chew and I was unable to swallow. I didn’t believe there was any way that would change.
And after all – I like most foods. So, surely I’m allowed to dislike one thing, right?
Little did I know that a simple act of love would turn the whole thing around!
How to Make Irresistible Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions
I Married a Man Who LOVES Brussels Sprouts
When my honey and I got married, I decided that I should at least try to learn how to make Brussels Sprouts because he loved them so much. It wasn’t fair to make him live without them. I didn’t even want to subject him to a lifetime of sticking frozen Brussels Sprouts in the microwave – since I really am a fan of fresh foods.
I’d never made these things in my life. So – I consulted the Internet.
After reading up on how to make them, I bought a pound of fresh Brussels Sprouts and boiled them, per instructions, until perfectly cooked. The first thing I noticed, right away, was how fresh and green and pretty they looked when I cooked them. At that very moment, I began to suspect what my problem might have been all along.
Did it all come down to the difference between fresh and frozen? Could it really be that simple?
I wracked my brain to see if I could remember anyone ever making them fresh. And I couldn’t. Every sprout I’d ever tasted had been frozen. And they never looked like these. So – I TRIED one.
And it was WONDERFUL!
I was astonished. It was a lovely combination of tender and solid, with a fresh flavor. Best of all, I was able to chew it up and swallow it without any difficulty. No more wad of mush in my mouth!
I learned that when it comes to Brussel Sprouts, FRESH is the key! Some people will disagree, I’m sure. My mom does. She prefers her frozen Brussel Sprouts. But for me, I gotta have them fresh!
Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onion
I recently had around two pounds of lovely fresh Brussel Sprouts in the refrigerator and I wanted to do something a little more interesting than simply boiling them. I discussed it with my honey, and – as we often do – we got IDEAS!
We cleaned the Brussel Sprouts, snipping the brown off the stems and removing loose leaves, and then we sliced them all in half.
We picked out a nice Vidalia onion . . .
. . . and cut the onion up in medium sized pieces.
We cooked up a nice package of bacon in a large skillet (and completely forgot to take a picture of it!). Once the bacon was cooked and removed to a plate, we sauteed the onions in the bacon fat until golden.
Then we added the Brussel Sprouts to the pan, stirring them into the onions. We covered them and let them cook over medium heat.
While the Brussel Sprouts and onions cooked, I chopped up the cooked bacon. Neither of us could resist nibbling on a little bacon.
The Brussel Sprouts were nice and tender after 15 to 20 minutes on medium heat. We stirred them several times, mouths watering from the delicious smell wafting into our faces.
When the Brussel Sprouts and onions were finished cooking, we added the chopped bacon to the pan.
Doesn’t that look amazing?
Here – take a closer look at those beautiful Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Onion.
You know you want some. It’s okay to admit it.
Brussel Sprouts Belong with Bacon
The flavors were amazing! Brussel Sprouts, bacon, and onions belong together. I am now convinced of this.
I will, of course, cook Brussel Sprouts in other ways. Bacon and onions, too. But we all loved these so much, we will have to make them again and again. Especially when we are eating a Keto diet.
These Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Onions pair perfect with Keto-friendly entrees. And everything else, too. In fact, you might be tempted to eat them all by themselves! No one would blame you!
These Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Onions are so good, my youngest ate them up and proclaimed them to be “good”. Try these on your own picky eaters. You might be pleasantly surprised!
What is your favorite way to make Brussels Sprouts? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!