That is quite a mouthful so a side dish, right?
Well, there really is no way to give the dish justice without naming all of its delicious components.
Its probably no secret that I have been slacking in the menu planning part of my life. I know I say it all the time. But when I think about setting the time to menu plan, I get side tracked. Like “Oh, a notification on Facebook.” Or “OOOh! A text from my boyfriend”. And then, next thing you know, its Sunday night and I havent a thing planned.
That’s what I love most about trips to the supermarket with the roommate. I go with a vague idea of what I want and then, if I see something I like, I get it.
I see a lot of things I like.
Like slab bacon. You cant just cook it an eat it… (I mean, you can… but humor me), you need to make it a star in an otherwise boring dish.
And while thinking this over, I glanced in the cart of someone else in the market and spied a massive bunch of brussel sprouts. Immediately I was back at Zutto having the best brussel sprouts ever!
So…here we are
2 oz slab bacon, diced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 lb of brussel sprouts, quartered
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
salt to taste
I started by taking the brussel sprouts and placing them in my SLOW COOKER. Oh yes, these babies are braised!
While they hung out in the slow cooker, I crisped up the slab bacon and with a slotted spoon transferred the bacon to the slow cooker; reserve the bacon drippings.
I then caramelized the onions in the bacon fat. Once they were a sweet caramel color, I added the contents of the pan to the slow cooker… drippings and all.
I sprinkled a little salt on it because I like a little salt here and there and drizzled the maple syrup onto the contents of the slow cooker.
I gave it a stir to incorporate all the deliciousness all over!
I set it on high for 2 hrs and came back to some seriously tender and delicious brussel sprouts. Sweet from the maple syrup and onions and smoky from the bacon. The brussel itself had a slight bitterness to it that balanced out the flavors.
And then I did what anyone would do.
I ate a bowl of brussel sprouts.
…or is that just me?