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Today we will make together these easy brussels sprouts with lemon and smoked bacon, a simple four-ingredients side dish recipe. This recipe has become the star of Christmas evenings where it is served with roast turkey, but it also goes well with pork or beef.

A few words about Brussels sprout which is the main ingredient of the recipe is a cultivated plant like the same species of broccoli, cabbage or kale, and it seems that it began to be cultivated in the 13th century near Brussels, Belgium, from which they derived their name.

This recipe has several options, I will show you mine, the simple version that you can modify by adding other ingredients.

We Need Four Ingredients

As I said from the Brussels sprouts with lemon, we need only four ingredients, brussels sprouts, smoked bacon (or pancetta), lemon and chives.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Lemon and Chives on the Table

Because I will cook four portions, I will use 500 g of Brussels sprouts, 225 g of smoked bacon (I took sliced but maybe cubes), a piece of lemon from which we will use both the peel and the juice from his half and a bunch of chives (can be replaced with spring onions).

Preparing the Ingredients

Preparing the ingredients does not take much time, and we will start with Brussels sprouts, which if you bought fresh must be cleaned first.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Cleaned Brussels Sprouts in the Bowl

With the help of a knife, I removed the first leaves from them and cut off the excess stem and then washed them. If they are of different sizes or are too big among them, I usually cut them in half.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Brussels Sprouts Cut in Two on the Chopping Board

If you use frozen Brussels sprouts, you don’t have to do anything with them because they are already cleaned.

The smoked bacon, because it was sliced, I cut them transversely into strips, if they are as close as possible in size to fry in the same way. Also if you use smoked bacon ready cut into cubes, you do not have to do anything, use it as such.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Cut the Bacon Slice into Strips

All I have to do is finely chop the chives because I will grate the lemon and squeeze it directly into the pan.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Chopping the Chives on the Chopping Board

How to Make the Brussels Sprouts With Lemon?

As I said there are several ways to cook Brussels sprouts, I like to boil them a little first so they will be removed from the sulforaphane content and will not have that strong flavour.

To do this, I boil them in boiling water with a little salt for five minutes, after which I drain them in a strainer.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Boiling Brussels Sprouts in the Pot

Meanwhile, in a larger non-stick pan heat two tablespoons of olive oil and put the sliced smoked bacon to fry. Season with half a teaspoon of sea salt and half a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper and fry for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat until all the fat in the bacon melts.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Frying Bacon Strips in the Pan

Add the drained Brussels sprouts over the bacon and mix lightly so as not to crush them but to absorb all the lard left by the bacon.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Boiled Brussels Sprout on the Fried Bacon

Now I’ll grate the lemon zest on top and squeeze the juice from half a lemon, add the chopped chives and let everything simmer for about three minutes. Taste and if you need to add more salt, I put another half teaspoon.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Ready to Serve in the Pan

And that’s it, this is my version of the Brussels sprouts with lemon and smoked bacon, especially delicious and ready to be served.

If you want, now you can add other ingredients such as nuts, hazelnuts, pecans or even raisins, depending on the taste of each, I preferred to leave it that simple.

How to Serve the Brussels Sprouts?

I like to serve it hot with a roast of turkey or chicken and a glass of cold beer, it is delicious and I invite you to try it.

Brussels Sprouts With Lemon-Served in the Bowl on the Chopping Board

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Brussels Sprouts With Lemon

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Diet: Low Lactose
Keyword: Brussels sprouts with bacon and lemon, Brussels sprouts with lemon, Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 portions
Calories: 206kcal
Author: Timea
Today we will make together these easy brussels sprouts with lemon and smoked bacon, a simple four-ingredients side dish recipe.
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Equipment

  • knife
  • larger non-stick pan

Ingredients

  • 500 g Brussels sprouts fresh
  • 225 g smoked bacon cut into strips
  • 1 piece lemon zest
  • 1/2 piece lemon juice
  • 1 bunch chives chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt kosher
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper freshly ground
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin

Instructions

  • Remove the first leaves from sprouts and cut off the excess stem. Cut the bacon into strips and chop the chives.
  • Add the Brussels sprouts in boiling water with a little salt for five minutes, after which drain them in a strainer.
  • Heat the olive oil in the pan and put the sliced smoked bacon to fry. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and fry for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat until all the fat in the bacon melts.
  • Add the drained Brussels sprouts over the bacon, grate the lemon zest on top and squeeze the juice from half a lemon, add the chopped chives and let everything simmer for about three minutes.
  • Taste and if necesary add more salt.
  • Serve warm with roast turkey, chicken or pork.

Notes

If you use frozen Brussels sprouts, you don’t have to do anything with them because they are already cleaned, just put them in the boiling water.
Instead of bacon you can use smoked pancetta and instead of chives try spring onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 1121mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 988IU | Vitamin C: 110mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg