How did you welcome June yesterday? Did you cook a bunch of home-grown veggies for dinner?
That would be a perfect way to celebrate our month that summer makes its entry!
Do you like Brussels Sprouts? I made them several times over the years and tried to like them. But, there was this ever-present bitter flavor that just wouldn’t go away.
If you’ve lacked a taste for Brussels Sprouts in the past, I have good news for you today.
Here’s how to crack the bitter code: saute chopped onion and bacon pieces (my pre-cooked method recommended) until the onion has softened.
Here’s where I come clean with a secret ingredient. I love to use frozen veggies when it makes sense.
Hey! There’s nothing wrong with frozen when your kingdom is The (Garden-Free) Land of Making Do!
Set the frozen package on the counter for about 45 minutes to partially thaw. Cut each sprout in half.
Add the halves to the pan, and cook them for 10 – 15 minutes on medium-low heat. Turn them often to keep them from burning. Add more olive oil if needed.
I like to start them cut-side-down for a little browning action to take hold.
Add butter and minced garlic to the center of the pan. Let it sizzle real quick – for less than one minute. Then stir to combine with all ingredients.
Add a light sprinkling of salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and you are done!
Well, except for the best part…eating.
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 small onion
- 12 oz. bag of frozen brussel sprouts
- 2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (can cook in pan if desired, but takes more time)
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and Black Pepper
- Dash of Cayenne Pepper
- Remove frozen brussel sprouts from freezer. Let sit out for about 30 minutes. Cut each piece in half.
- Meanwhile, chop onion and saute in olive oil until softened.
- Add crumbled bacon pieces (pre-cooked and frozen for convenience). Turn heat to medium-low.
- Add brussel sprouts to pan cut-side-down to begin browning. Move around in the pan occasionally to prevent burning while cooking for 10-15 minutes . Add more olive oil if needed.
- When brussel sprouts are cooked to your liking, add butter and minced garlic into the center of the pan. Sizzle and saute for less than one minute.
- Sprinkle with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir all together and remove from heat. Time to Eat Your Veggies!
I don’t think I can stand it! Just thinking about these makes me want to run into the kitchen and whip up another batch. Eat your veggies! Ha!
Do you like to use frozen vegetables?