Crispy Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

Ahhh b-sprouts and bacon. Possibly the best culinary combination since baked sweet potatoes and almond butter............no? I'm alone on the SP/AB front? Whatever, you guys are missing out. 

Anywhoozle, even if you think it's weird that I do thinks like put chopped mint on my omelettes or use sauerkraut as more of a side dish than a condiment, I know we can all at least agree that brussels and bacon were simply meant to be. 

Luckily, Trader Joe's appropriately caters to my brussels sprouts obsession with all it's variations on the trendy veggie. Lately, I've not been able to get enough of their shaved brussels sprouts. When you cook them up in a high smoke point oil, you basically get all the crispiness you love most about baked or fried sprouts. Dare I call them brussels sprouts chips? Whatever they are, they're f***ing delicious, and I want them in my life forever.

And not to beat a dead horse, but did I mention bacon? Just as one would suspect, brussels in their shaved form are just as tasty with bacon as in their whole sprouty form. It was a daunting task driven only by scientific pursuit to present you with a recipe nothing short of delicious (and not at all due to my borderline unnatural bacon habit), but someone had to do it. Kind of like the time I decided to try putting bacon inside a chocolate chip cookie. I'm like the Sherlock freaking Holmes of solving bacon mysteries.

Ingredients

  • 3 strips of bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 bag of Trader Joe's shaved brussels sprouts (I suppose you could shred them yourselves, but nobody got time for that)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. In a large skillet (I like to use cast iron), cook up the bacon pieces. Once nice, brown and crispy, remove the bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate and save for later (maybe snack on a piece or two in the interim....no one's looking, I won't judge).
  2. Leaving the rendered bacon grease in the skillet, add the bag of shaved brussels sprouts and spread them out to evenly cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Let the sprouts sit undisturbed for 3-4 minutes. Flip them around and let them sit for another 3-4 minutes on the other side.
  4. Once lightly browned, remove from heat and toss the bacon back in the skillet with the sprouts. 
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve!

Servings: 2 (...sometimes 1.)