Party brussels sprouts

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10 min


8 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 18 minutes
Party brussels sprouts

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  • 750 g brussels sprouts
  • 1 tbsp butter , or 4 strips lean bacon
  • 1 red onion , sliced into thin rings
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt , optional


  • Fill a large saucepan half full with hot water and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, trim away tough stem ends from brussels sprouts and remove any discolored leaves. In stem end, cut an “X” about 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) deep. This helps to speed up cooking of dense stem ends.
  • When water is boiling, add sprouts. Adjust heat so water continues to boil gently. Cook, uncovered, until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Then, drain and rinse sprouts with cold water.
  • Melt butter in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Or, cut bacon slices crosswise into 1-inch- (2.5-cm-) wide pieces and sauté, stirring often, until some of the fat begins to appear, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. If using bacon, drain off most of accumulated fat, leaving only about 1 tablespoon in pan with bacon pieces and onion.
  • Add drained sprouts, lemon juice and pepper. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring often, until sprouts are hot, about 5 minutes. Taste and add salt, if you wish. Turn into a heated serving dish.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 65,
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.8 g,
  • Fat
  • 1.9 g,

Sautéed red onion gently tames the assertive taste of brussels sprouts and bacon adds a marvelous smoky taste. You can prepare almost all of this appealing-looking dish ahead of time.

Make ahead

Prepare recipe up to step 4, but do not heat brussels sprouts with onion mixture. Simply turn into a self-sealing bag and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Then, turn into a frying pan and cook according to step 4 in recipe listed above.