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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Dried Cherries

by Livestrong_Recipes  |  Jan 7, 2015

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Dried Cherries
  1. PREP
  2. 10 m
  • COOK
  • 15 m
  • TOTAL
  • 25 m

Uncured bacon is healthier for you than traditional bacon because it lacks nitrates. Find raw thick sliced, uncured quality bacon at your local Whole Foods. This side dish has an ideal balance of carbohydrates and fat, so make sure to serve it alongside your favorite lean protein like white fish, chicken breast or pork tenderloin for a balanced, fat-burning meal.

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 4

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 3 second Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 3 slice Uncured Bacon
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme, Fresh
  • 2 cloves Garlic Clove
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 dash ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries

DIRECTIONS

1 Slice the bottom stems off of the Brussels sprouts. Peel off any discolored outer leaves. Slice Brussels sprouts in half, length wise. Steam covered in microwave with 2 tablespoons of water for approximately 7 minutes or until tender but crisp.
2 In the meantime, heat large frying pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Chop raw uncured bacon into small pieces. Once pan is hot, add raw bacon and render down the fat. Cook until bacon is crispy. Once bacon is crispy, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Pour all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat out of pan (leave a little fat in the pan).
3 Add onions and thyme to pan and sauté for about 4 minutes or until softened.
4 Remove steamed Brussels sprouts from bowl, drain really well and add to frying pan. Toss Brussels sprouts with onions and allow them to caramelize (get lightly browned) for a few minutes on each side undisturbed.
5 Add garlic, toss Brussels sprouts again and sauté for two minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
6 Add dried cherries and crisp bacon and sauté for 1 minute. Enjoy!