Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

Brussels sprouts are not one of those vegetables that I think about and say, “I sure have missed these since last year!” I might say that of tomatoes or spring garlic, but not Brussels sprouts. That being said, I do like the challenge of making them into something delicious! I need strong flavors around these things to really enjoy them. Roasting seems to improve their flavor. Here is a simple way to make tasty sprouts!
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1 pound Brussels Sprouts
½ yellow onion, medium-sized, diced
12 leaves fresh sage, torn or cut into pieces
2 slices pancetta, or can use 1-1 ½ slices smoked bacon, cut into coarse pieces
2 T. olive oil
Salt and fresh ground black pepper   
Lemon juice optional

Preheat oven to 450°. Cooking time: approximately 30 minutes.

Cut sprouts in half lengthwise. Quarter them if they are quite large. Place in a bowl. Add the diced yellow onion and torn leaves of fresh sage. Add pancetta, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss thoroughly and spread the mixture thinly over a 12” pizza pan or baking sheet. Place in oven. After 15-20 minutes check for color. Some of the bacon bits around the edges may be getting dark. Toss those toward the center of the pan. Some less cooked bits of bacon can be moved toward the edges. Cook for another 10 minutes. Check after five minutes. As you can see from the photos, brown is good! A squeeze of lemon juice brightens the flavors. It is a matter of taste. I like the richness from the olive oil and pancetta. Add to your taste. Check for salt. Serves 4-6 people as a side dish. Enjoy!

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