Brussel Sprouts with Chinese Bacon
Remember the things you hated eating as a child? I hated anything that was not meat or sweet. Like any child, I hated vegetables. Especially anything green and bitter. Now I love vegetables even the bitter ones. I don’t recall when it happened but I’m sure I was starving and had nothing but vegetables to eat.
I had brussel sprouts recently and now it is one of my favorites. I like it very simple too. I love it pan fried with pancetta and olive oil. I have used Chinese sausage as well. This version will be with Chinese bacon.
1 lb brussel sprouts
1/4 cup diced Chinese bacon
Rinse brussel sprouts and cut in half or in slices.
Use a wok. The wok will heat up nicely and char the brussel sprouts. I’ve tried cooking in the oven but I tend to over cook them before getting a nice crisp.
Heat up wok on high heat. Add oil. Once pan is hot, carefully add diced bacon and sauté for 1 minute.
Add the brussel sprouts. If you prefer not to use Chinese bacon, add sea salt instead. I have a small bottle of white truffle sea salt. It’s amazing with the brussel sprouts. But regular sea salt is great as well.
Stir and let them sit undisturbed for about 5 mins. This will help char them which gives it a nice smoky finish.
Stir and let the other side sit for another 10 mins.
And it’s done! Serve as a side dish or over a bowl of rice.