Introduction: Brussels Sprout Salad

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This brussels sprout salad falls under the category of "ugly but tasty" - it's absolutely delicious, but it is nearly impossible to make it look nice.

If you like brussels sprouts, this is a quick and easy recipe to use them in - goes by much faster than roasting them, and it's a good excuse to eat lots of bacon.

Step 1: Ingredients:

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  • pound of brussels sprouts
  • red wine vinegar OR fresh lemon juice
  • 4-5 strips of bacon
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper

Step 2: Prep Work!

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Cook the bacon however you like - well done or fatty - doesn't matter! Leave the fat in the pan for now.

Cut off the stalks of the brussels sprouts and take over the very outermost leaves. Then slice them thinly so they start to break apart. :)

Mince your garlic.

Step 3: Cook the Sprouts

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Pour off some of the bacon fat - you just want a couple of tablespoons in the pan.

Turn the heat to medium and add in the sliced brussels sprouts. Let them cook until they've wilted a bit and then add in the garlic. Stir everything around until the garlic becomes fragrant and coated in the fat.

Step 4: Add the Vinegar and Bacon

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Add the bacon back in, and then put in about a 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Scrape the bottom of the pan and stir everything well.

At this point, test the sprouts for doneness. If they're not tender enough for you, turn the heat down to low and put the lid on. Cook them until the texture is right. :D

Step 5: Taste Testing and Finishing!

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Once the sprouts are well cooked, do one last taste test for vinegar, salt and pepper. Add more as needed and serve! 

It's best warm or room temp - when it gets colder the bacon fat starts to solidify. :)

Comments

babybayrs (author)2013-08-01

It looks beautiful to me! Maybe something red (red pepper? carrot?) as garnish can make it even more beautiful. I can tell it's delicious even before trying.
It looks more like stir fry than salad to me. Is there anything particular you relate it as salad?

jessyratfink (author)babybayrs2013-08-04

In the south, pretty much anything dish you eat with a fork involving a vegetable can be called a salad, ha! I guess technically it's more of a side dish, but old habits die hard. :D

amandajfdhdbkdbt (author)2013-08-04

I diced some pancetta that I had in the fridge and threw it in there, tastes amazing! Thanks jessy!

ooops, I must have been logged in as one of my testing accounts!

hahah, very creative username :D

bob3030 (author)2013-08-01

I've made something similar using cabbage. Next time I'll try your recipe and Brussel sprouts. Thanks for posting. PS I like your cat!

bbqbradley (author)2013-08-01

This looks and sounds great. I like brussel sprouts alot, this made me think of adding roasted almonds to it also. Thanks for the post.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-07-31

Oh, I would just love this salad!

ortho (author)2013-07-31

Not ugly at all . But I do love
Brussels sprouts.

M.C. Langer (author)2013-07-31

Sorry to be repetitive, but this recipe is DELICIOUS! I don't like salads, but yours was amazing!

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