Wednesday, December 30, 2009


As a child, most of the vegetables my mother prepared were from a can or frozen pouch. "Fancy" at our house was canned cream corn. Being British, she did serve us brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, but they were always boiled for a long time.

In all fairness, I have to admit that I copied moms method of overcooking vegetables for many years. Recently, I discover roasting fresh vegetables in the oven. The texture difference is excellent and the vegetable flavor is intense. It is such an easy method of cooking, I can't believe it took me so long to try it!!

The measurements in this recipe are totally flexible; it is more of a roasting description than a recipe. If you are preparing more than 2 pounds of brussel sprouts, just increase the amount of bacon and onion a little; the roasting time will remain the same.

2 pounds of fresh brussel sprouts
½ cup chopped onion
6 slices of bacon fried and crumbled
salt and pepper

Wash brussel sprouts and drain well. Cut off the hard stem and peel off the outside layer of leaves. Cut them in half and set aside.

Fry bacon until crisp and remove from pan and drain well. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease from the frying pan. Saute the chopped onion in the reserved bacon grease and use the moisture from the onion to deglaze the bacon bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook the onion until it just starts to turn transparent.

Put prepared brussel sprouts and crumbled bacon back into the pan (with the onion) and toss to coat the sprouts evenly with bacon grease, add salt and pepper.

Place everything in a 9x13 baking dish and roast uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes.