Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pine Nuts

November 6, 2014Katie

Brussels Sprouts.

They are like the proverbial stepchild of the vegetable world.  Many cringe in horror when you speak their name while others hesitate in the realm of distrust when the words “brussels sprouts” are uttered.

I don’t know and haven’t quite determined why or why not some adore and others detest this tiny cabbage-like vegetable, but I know one thing – I love them!

Maybe it’s because my Mom made them in my youth. Thanks Mom!

Perhaps it’s in the fixings?  Boiled and plain I still will eat them, but roasted or sauteed?

In a simple word….deliciousness.

I think this would be a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving.  We made these today and they were so pleasantly different and wonderful.  Here is what we did.

Take one pound of fresh brussels sprouts rinse them and slice off the  core or root end.  Then slice them in half

Take four slices of bacon and slice them across quite thinly.

If you were French, you would call this lardons.  If you are American, you’d just call them “thinly sliced bacon”.  Either way, they are delicious and add superfluousness to any dish.  Saute them over medium heat for about 2 minutes, breaking up the bacon until it’s sizzling and wonderful.

Drizzle in about 2 tablespoons of olive olive oil.  Add in your brussels sprouts.

Stir these around for 7 minutes until they begin to get browned on the cut edge.  Add in 1/4 cup water. salt and pepper and cover with lid.  Let them steam and cook another 5 minutes.

Have you had pine nuts?

Primarily known for their contribution to pesto, these nuts are great stirred into salads and dishes like this.  Add in 1/4 cup of pine nuts and sautee for 2 minutes.

Also add in 2 cloves of garlic…chopped up fine.

Sautee them for another 2 minutes and then serve them up hot and savory and wonderful!

I hope you’ll give this underestimated veggie a try.  I hope you like it…I know I do.

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pine Nuts
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
  • 1 lb. fresh brussels sprouts
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ c. pine nuts
  • ½. t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. When sizzling, add in bacon.
  3. Stir, breaking up bacon about 2 minutes.
  4. Slice core end of brussels sprouts and slice each one in half.
  5. Add olive oil to pan and then brussels sprouts.
  6. Saute brussels sprouts for 7 minutes stirring often over medium heat.
  7. Press in garlic and add salt, pepper and water.
  8. Cover and steam another 5 minutes.
  9. Add pine nuts and stir another 2 minutes.


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  • Sonia

    November 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I love brussels sprouts...when I was little I called them baby cabbages! Your recipe looks and sounds wonderful...going to try this one! Thanks! Miss Bloomers
  • Sharon

    July 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight with grilled chicken. They were delicious! My husband and I thought we would rather toast the pine nuts ahead of time and then add them at the end. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Katie

      July 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Sharon - so glad you enjoyed them!
  • Nancy

    September 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Hello Katie! Made these today and they turned out spectacular. My husband and his mother wouldn't give them a try but I loooved them! I've tried several pan roasted brussel sprouts recipe and this is by far my favorite. My one year gobbled them up too! Thank you. :)
    1. Katie

      September 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Oh yay! Nothing makes me happier than a one year old eating green veggies! HA! Glad you enjoyed them!
  • Rose

    February 19, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Not so good.
  • Elvira

    November 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    How many does this recipe serve?
    1. Katie

      November 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Elvira - approximately 8 I would say or 6 large portions.
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