I was in Costco the other day (By myself… kid-free… that never happens!) and came across these pretty Brussels sprouts.
My oldest daughter loves Brussels sprouts – like loves them, loves them. So I decided to get some, and make this Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples dish for her that’s full of her favorite foods – crispy bacon, Honeycrisp apples, and dried tart cherries.
A 9 year olds dream come true… ha ha. I know, not quite.
I’d imagine most would prefer Fluffy Corn-Free Marshmallows with Coconut Sugar, or this Vegan & Paleo Fudge Tracks Ice Cream. Don’t get me wrong, Kylie loves those, too, but thankfully she enjoys and appreciates savory dishes also.
She ate 1/4 of the pan for snack the other day. Seriously. And she was over the moon excited about it!
I start making this dish by frying bacon until it’s crispy in my favorite cast-iron skillet. I remove the bacon from the pan, but add in ghee. I roast the Brussels sprouts in the excess bacon fat and ghee until they are nice and golden, which adds a beautiful rich flavor to the dish. Then I layer in the apples, and season them with cinnamon and nutmeg (it smells so good!), and add a liquid mixture of apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and water to caramelize and steam the Brussels sprouts and the apples. Lastly, I toss in the cooked crispy bacon and the dried tart cherries with the Brussels sprouts and apples.
This truly is the perfect one-pan autumn dish! And perfectly acceptable to server with your Thanksgiving meal, too. 😉
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