Friday, November 27, 2009

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Golden Raisins



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...
Ina Garten was the inspiration for this recipe. I came across the sprout preparation in her book "Barefoot in Paris" and have talked about making them for the past five years. Yesterday, with some urging from my husband, I made them part of out Thanksgiving meal, and, to my great surprise, they were the vegetable hit of the day. This is a straightforward recipe. I opted to cook the spouts in two stages. I assembled and browned them in the morning and braised them just before serving. It worked well; the sprouts retained their glorious color and added a vibrant green to our table. I had no pancetta in the house so I used bacon and it worked wonderfully well. I really liked this recipe. I hope you'll try it.

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Golden Raisins
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Ina Garten

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces bacon or pancetta, cut in 1/4-inch dice
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries
1 (14.5-oz.) can reduced sodium chicken broth

Directions:
1) Heat olive oil in a large (12-inch) skillet. Add bacon and saute until fat is rendered and bacon is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper toweling to drain.
2) Add Brussels sprouts, salt, and pepper to skillet and saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Add raisins and chicken stock. Lower heat and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until sprouts are tender when pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes. Return bacon to pan and heat through. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Yield: 8 servings.

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36 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

I never prepared brussels sprouts at home. Plenty of them in the supermarkets here but I don't know how to cook them...yours look fabulous! One perfect side dish!

Fairy Footprints said...

Oh the bacon sounds yummy with this. The picture looks good enough to eat.


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Federica said...

un bel piatto ricco e gustoso! ciao!

Coleen's Recipes said...

This looks delicious!!! What a perfect holiday side dish. I think I am going to try this for Christmas, thank you for sharing.

Susan said...

I'd love this. Brussel sprouts..the unused vegetable.

Hootin' Anni said...

I can imagine they WERE the hit for the day. They're very good and tasty, just being steamed....I can taste your recipe right now. Mmmmm, the sweet tenderness of the small ones, I love.

Delicious looking Mary. I do hope your Thanksgiving was blessed with love and peace.

Beverly said...

Good morning, Mary.

You've got me with this one. I love brussels sprouts, and these look and sound delicious. I usually put pancetta and toasted pecans in mine with a bit of balsamic vinegar. The raisins must be a wonderful addition, and I will definitely try them next time.

Lea Ann said...

I've made brussel sprouts once and wasn't thrilled. This looks great and will give them another try.

The Blonde Duck said...

I don't think I've ever had brussel sprouts, but I'd happily eat these.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm sure the feast was amazing!

pigpigscorner said...

I like the addition of raisins, gives it an extra sweetness to the counter the bitterness of sprouts!

Di said...

Good morning Mary, and we hope you had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as we.

The sprouts sound simple and delicious and we clearly will try them. They'll not be from our vegetable garden however; curious for us was that once they reached a large pea size they never matured beyond that.

George Gaston said...

Mary, Brussels Sprouts have been my favorite vegetable since I was a child. I think it was because my dear grandfather referred to them as "educated cabbage". I love the addition of bacon & the sweetness of the golden raisins.

Sounds like you had a terrific Thanksgiving, also.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I have used bacon with the sprouts but not the raisins/cranberries. What a great idea. Gotta love Ina! I want to be her when I grow up. :)

noble pig said...

Love the idea of golen raisins in there as a little sweetness.

Barbara said...

Super combination! We love brussel sprouts- but never thought to use bacon and raisins with them. Can't wait to try this.

chapot said...

I love so much brussel sprouts, I have to try your recipe, with raisins, hum !!!

A Year on the Grill said...

Ahhh Mary, you have had an incredible number of recipes that I have loved recently. I have tried two of yours in the last week, served one for my Thanksgiving dinner, and have many more saved that I want to make...

But at the end of the day, no matter how much bacon you add... these will still be Brussels sprouts

Looking forward to tomorrows post

Karen said...

Oh, I love sprouts! I'm going to put some dried cranberries with them next time I cook them!

Lynda said...

I will make these, Mary, just as soon as I am alone for a meal. My family would loudly complain if I cooked these in their presence!

Lori E said...

I could have sworn I commented on these already.
I love Brussel sprouts. Steamed, roasted, sauteed. Bring 'em on. Now add some bacon and what could be better, except the raisins. Yummy.

food with style said...

sounds wonderful! hope you had a terrific holiday

Amongst The Oaks said...

I've made that before and it is very good. I wish MIL had used THAT recipe instead of the odd one she found for her sprouts....
Anyway, we love brussel sprouts any old way and eat them often.

Claudia said...

Adore these. And we still can get them fresh at farmer's market. Love the addition of the salty pancetta with the sweet raisins. A must-do.

shopannies said...

my mother loves brussel sprouts I will share this recipe with her

bj said...

ummm...this sounds delicious. I love brussel sprouts any way they are served.
Have a wonderful evening..

Anita said...

These look delicious! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Anita

Debinhawaii said...

This is such a great recipe--Ina knows how to make everything good. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

A Gracious Home said...

I love Brussels Sprouts but have never braised them. I will have to try this. Thanks, Doylene

Mimi said...

Great combinaton, sweet, salty and a bit bitter.
Mimi

Lori said...

I love brussel sprouts. My brussel sprouts with balsamic reduction on my site have the most hits out of all my pages. Go figure.

Sarah said...

Mary, thank you for sharing this recipe. Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite foods. This looks delicious! ~ Sarah

Debbie said...

I love this, but I use dried cranberries instead of the raisins. Hubby is just not a raisin fan. I wanted to make this for Thanksgiving as well but daughter was a little leary. (She grew up eating brussel sprouts, so .....???) Anyway, I love roasted sprouts and am glad to know there are other fans as well. Hope your Thanksgiving was delightful.

Katy ~ said...

Gosh this looks so good! I'm going to have to try this.

bcp.....My Life said...

Mary, I just found your blog and I love it! So much food! You write really well.
Come by and visit! I have several holiday posts'.
www.bcpmylife.com

My Little Space said...

I love brussels sprouts and these look amazingly juicy delicious. I believe the raisins work well with the sprouts too!

Chef E said...

I am discovering a great adoration for sweet and savory ingredients sharing the pan and plate...oh I feel a food poem coming on here!

Thank you for visiting my site, glad I came over here too...

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