Brussels Sprouts With Bacon & Apricots
Who says Brussels sprouts have to be boring? Pair them with salty bacon and sweet dried apricots for a side dish that will have everyone saying, “Pass the sprouts!”
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 2 lbs. (1 kg) Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut into quarters lengthwise
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) Herbs de Provence Seasoning Mix
- ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
- ½ cup (125 mL) dried apricots, coarsely chopped
Cook the bacon over medium heat in a 5-qt. (4.7-L) Nonstick Saute Pan for 5–7 minutes, or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the Brussels sprouts, shallot, brown sugar, seasoning mix, and salt; stir to coat. Saute for 6–8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the apricots and cook until they soften slightly, 1–2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with bacon before serving.
- 12 servings
Nutrients per serving:
Calories 80, Total Fat 1.5 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 115 mg, Carbohydrate 16 g, Fiber 3 g, Sugars 9 g (includes 3 g added sugars), Protein 4 g
Fa-la-la Fruit: Can’t find dried apricots? Dried cranberries can add festive color instead.
Fakin’ Bacon: Try pancetta or turkey bacon—or skip the bacon, if you’d like.
Swap the Sweet: Skip the brown sugar in step 2, and drizzle a balsamic glaze over the dish just before serving.
So Long Shallots: A small yellow onion is a good replacement if you can’t find a shallot. Shallots have a delicate, sweet flavor and are slightly sharp, while onions give a more intense heat