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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.



Ingredients

  • 1 lb brussel sprouts

  • 1/4 cup diced Chinese bacon

  • olive oil

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.



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