Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Any skilled multitasker will tell you that the ultimate key to their success is organization. My organizational skills are rooted in my predilection for lists (just ask my family) and my ability to constantly keep one eye on the clock. With that in mind, I'm going to tell you something:

Thanksgiving is only three weeks away.

*does Snoopy dance*

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and/or friends can cause anxiety and coordinating the cooking efforts so that everything hits the table hot and at the same time can be difficult. But there's no need to panic. Just make your lists -- dishes you'd like to serve, ingredients you need to buy, what can be made in advance, etc. -- and take things one step at a time.



Brussels Sprouts - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Brussels Sprouts

For the past few years, I've been fortunate in that I've only been responsible for bringing one dish to the Thanksgiving table. Typically, it's been an appetizer. Since the countdown to Turkey Day has officially begun, I thought it would be the perfect time for me to share my ridiculously simple recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts.


Thick-Cut Bacon  - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Thick-Cut Bacon

Yes, a lot of people out there are repulsed by Brussels sprouts. But I have yet to meet a single person who won't eat them roasted with bacon.

Bacon has magical powers.

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Since this dish only requires two ingredients (three, if you decide to season with black pepper), it takes no time at all to assemble, which means you can devote more time to the more involved dishes and to spending time with your guests.

Get the kids involved, if you like!

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Don't those look fabulous? Seriously... How could anyone turn these bad boys down?

Your guests will be fighting each other for the rights to eat the last one. Since you'll want as little drama as possible on Thanksgiving, you may want to consider making a double batch.

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprout - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprout

But you're the chef. You get the first one.

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pint Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cleaned
  • 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, cut in half
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  3. Cut any large Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise. Wrap each sprout with a slice of bacon and arrange on the baking sheet, seam-side-down.

  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are tender and the bacon is crisp. Serve immediately.

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