Roasted Pear, Brussel Sprouts, and Bacon

Roasted Pear, Brussel Sprouts, and Bacon

This recipe will have your friends and relatives clamoring for the recipe. Need we say more?

We shall. The roasted pear provides a touch of natural sweetness with a soft, caramelized texture, which contrasts beautifully with the savory and slightly smoky notes of the crispy bacon, with the Brussels sprouts adding an earthy element that balances the dish and provides a satisfying crunch. Together, they make each bite a delicious and elevated side dish.

Ingredients

Brussels sprouts, halved
1 1/2 lb
Olive oil
1-4 Tbsp
Kosher salt
2 Tbsp
Pepper
1 tsp
Pear, cut into 1/2‚ÄĚ chunks
1 large
Balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup

Utensils

  • Cast iron skillet
  • Paper towel
  • Bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Small saucepan

Instructions

In a cast iron skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Cool on a paper towel.

Pour half the bacon grease into a large bowl.

Preheat oven to 400¬į.

Place Brussels sprouts in the bowl with the bacon grease and toss, adding in the salt and pepper. Add oil if needed.

Spread Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

While the Brussels are roasting, in a small saucepan, add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer until syrupy, about 8 minutes.

After 20 minutes, add the pear to the baking sheet, mixing in with the Brussels. Roast for another 10 minutes.

Optional: Turn on the broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes to add additional charr.

Remove the Brussels sprouts mixture from the oven and pour into a bowl. Pour the balsamic syrup on top and toss. Add in the bacon bits. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

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