Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shallots, Bacon and Hazelnuts

I may lose a lot of you here, but I love Brussels Sprouts and have been fond of them ever since I was a child.  I was enamored with small things then, and they reminded me of tiny cabbage heads.  My mom would usually just steam or boil them and we would drizzle apple cider vinegar over them before digging in.  

But I like them prepared this way even better ~ I parboil (until just barely tender) in salted water, then immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking ~ drain well, then cut each in half.

No recipe needed for the remainder,  just a description:

For about 2 cups of Brussels Sprouts ~ snip a slice of two of bacon crosswise into thin strips, cook over medium heat until as crispy as you like. Remove the bacon pieces and set aside to drain.  If you don't mind cooking in bacon fat, continue from here (if not, drain and wipe the pan, then add a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter.)

Add peeled and sliced shallots (as many or as few as you would like.)  Cook slowly, over medium-low heat until they are tender. Remove the shallots and set aside.

Toss the Brussels Sprout halves in the pan over moderately high heat,  allowing them to turn just lightly browned, shaking pan frequently so they do not burn.  Add a little more butter if you like and add the caramelized shallots, and bacon back into the pan to heat everything through. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Plate up and sprinkle with chopped, toasted Hazelnuts (or any toasted nut you prefer.)

You can drizzle with additional olive oil and a little vinegar (almost any type) if you like, to pique the flavor a bit.

They make a fabulous side dish for any roasted or grilled chicken, fish, or meat.  However, I could eat a plate of them for a meal!  :D

If, by chance, you would like a printable copy of the recipe you can find it on the
Once Upon a Plate Recipe Blog.

Thank you for stopping by today, and any comments you would like to share.


  1. YUM! I love Brussels Sprouts! I sometimes prepare them this way minus the bacon. After seeing your photo of them I wish they were on this week's menu! You can bet they will be on the menu next week!

    Thanks Mari!

    ~ Tracy

  2. Thank you Tracy! I'm so happy to know there may be others out there that like them, too.

    They are a "teasing point" with one particular member of our family who DETESTS them. :D Thank goodness it's not Mr. OUaP!!

  3. Sprouts are one of my favorites!

  4. These look really delicious.I'm going to have to try Brussels sprouts prepared this way.

  5. Just finished eating dinner, but these images are making me wish for a plate of your Brussel sprouts. These look so yummy with the caramelized shallots and bacon. Loved the idea of the pie in a jar for valentine's. Pretty! I've been saving little jam jars to do this very thing. ~ Sarah

  6. I love brussel sprouts - this sounds like a delicious and very gourmet combination!

  7. One of my favourite veggies. I'll eat them any way you want to prepare them Mary.


  8. Thank you so much, friends ~ I have been feeling like such an outcast for so long for liking Brussels Sprouts!!

    I'm so happy to know you're out there and enjoying them too!! :D

  9. Très belles photos qui mettent en valeur ces choux de Bruxelles... Petite je ne supportais pas de les manger. Les goûts évoluent et je trouve ça délicieux à présent.

  10. Children all over the world are growingn up without knowing what brussel sprouts taste like!!! I lvoe them. Nice recipe.

  11. Just yummy!
    Beautiful pics Mary!

  12. I just love brussel sprouts... how great to put them with hazelnuts... makes something great even better!

  13. I love this! I too am loving the addition of hazelnuts! Great taste and texture!

  14. What a great looking combination!! I want them :)

  15. I have only had brussel sprouts once that I LOVED. My son's partners Mother made them and I never got the recipe and now she is gone. They were alittle sweet as I remember. I wish I could figure it out, I may have to experiment. Any suggestions???? Your photos are gorgeous, mouthwatering!!!! XO, Pinky

  16. This blog is FABULOUS! Can't wait to spend much more time here!

  17. You're not alone in your love of those petite cabbages! I've got a simple roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe that has made devoted fans of the little vegetable whenever I've served it - including to my husband who'd disliked them growing up! :D

    Cheers to Brussels Sprouts and those of us who love them!

  18. I have never liked them, as i get older i do want to try them again but if i could only find a good recipe idea. I think this just might be the winner for me!


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