Though they’re sometimes looked down upon, Brussels sprouts can actually make an incredible dish – especially when in something like garlic parmesan bacon Brussels sprouts!
Miniature Cabbages Through History
The Brussels sprout is considered a member of the Gemmifera group of cabbages and is typically harvested for the edible buds that we see in grocery stores. These tiny veggies look just like mini cabbages, coming in at anywhere between 0.6 and 1.6 inches in diameter.
Though the Brussels sprout is native to the Mediterranean, it’s thought that dishes like this one became popular in Northern Europe – particularly, 13th century Brussels. It’s believed that this is how the leafy vegetable got the name we recognize today.
Finding The Dish At A Restaurant
Thinking about ordering it next time you’re out? There are a few places in Paris that would be perfect to do so!
- Bar à Vins Frenchie, located at 6 rue du Nil, Grands Boulevards/Sentier
- Pessic, located at 102 rue du Temple, 3ème
A Unique Combination Of Flavors
What’s great about this dish is how many unique flavors come together to make something great.
You’ve got the texture and green flavor of the Brussels sprouts, the smokiness and crunch of the bacon, and the parmesan cheese and garlic that cut through it all yet tie it together nicely.
Garlic Parmesan Bacon Brussels Sprouts In Your Own Kitchen
Want to try your hand at making your own garlic parmesan bacon Brussels sprouts? It’s fun, easy, and will make a meal that both you and your family will love!
To prepare, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and follow this recipe.
For six servings of the dish, you’ll need:
- 2 pounds of Brussels sprouts cut in half
- 8 strips of chopped bacon
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 5 cloves of minced garlic
- Fresh chives
- Parmesan cheese
Once your oven is preheated, you’ll want to:
- Cook your bacon in a cast iron pan at medium heat. Once the bottom of the pan is coated in bacon fat, add your Brussels sprouts, pepper, apple cider vinegar, salt, garlic, and brown sugar.
- Keep cooking until the bottom of the Brussels sprouts start browning.
- Move the cast iron pan into the oven, and roast for 20 minutes. Make sure to flip the Brussels sprouts every 5-7 minutes
- Sprinkle your parmesan cheese over the Brussels sprouts and put the dish back in the oven for 2-5 minutes.
- Add your freshly chopped chives to the top of the dish, then serve!
Making The Dish Your Own
Once you’re familiar with the classic dish, it’s time to add your own variations!
If you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative, you can skip the regular bacon and use plant-based alternatives or breadcrumbs for a similar texture profile.
You can also try changing up the type of cheese you use overtop of the Brussels sprouts in order to change the flavor profile.
Whether you’re cooking the dish or going out to eat, you’ll love this take on Brussels sprouts!