Sunday, September 9, 2007

Brussel Sprouts

I remember when I was around 5 or so I sat at the kitchen table for hours until I finished the brussel sprouts my Mom served me. I don't remember if I ended up eating them or not, but I do remember trying to put them in a napkin and into my shorts pocket. All my life I've avoided them, except for tonight. The other night Ina Garten made them on her show and made them look so delicious. So, I made them tonight and they looked pretty, but I tried to put them in a napkin and put them in my pocket again. I just don't like the taste of brussel sprouts! I didn't like them when I was 5 and I don't like them when I'm 29! So, if you likey them, here is a pic and the recipe. I definitely won't be making them again and I know this won't hurt Patrick's feelings.

2 tablespoons good olive oil
6 ounces Italian pancetta or bacon, 1/4-inch dice
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts (2 containers), trimmed and cut in 1/2
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup golden raisins
1 3/4 cups Chicken Stock or Broth

Heat the olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan and add the pancetta. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the fat is rendered and the pancetta is golden brown and crisp, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with a paper towel. Add the Brussels sprouts, salt, and pepper to the fat in the pan and saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the raisins and chicken stock. Lower the heat and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts are tender when pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes. If the skillet becomes too dry, add a little chicken stock or water. Return the pancetta to the pan, heat through, season to taste, and serve.


marye said...

mmm..I love brussels sprouts

Jen@BigBinder said...

YUM! I am one of those wierdos who even liked Brussels sprouts as a kid. No one else in my family will eat them but I might just make a batch of this recipe for me :)

Misslionheart♥ said...

Chef would eat Brussels sprouts till they came out of his ears!

You either love them or hate them, that's it.

I roasted them once, not great.

We have them most Sundays with butter, salt and black pepper. Delish!

Jia said...

Looks yum to me! I adore brussel sprouts.


Natalie said...

Brussel sprouts are pretty much the only veggie I can't stand. I'm not as brave as you. I haven't touched them in years.

Ashley said...

Hhhhmmmmm.....They are not my favorite. But, I really like brussel sprouts. I love all green veggies.

Kevin said...

It has been a while since I have had brussel sprouts. Of course cooking them with bacon sounds nice. The raisins are an interesting addition. I will have to try them with raisins.

JANET said...

They look good, but I never tried them either!