Bacon Week: Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Scramble

For day two of Bacon Week 2013, I made a bacon and brussels sprouts hash/scrambled eggs dish. I first saw this recipe concept on Pinterest. That particular pin linked to this Food for My Family recipe, which serves as the springboard for today’s Bacon Week celebration meal.

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Hash Ingredients

The ingredients.

Bacon Week 2013Ingredients:
1 lb bag of Brussels sprouts
1/2 lb of bacon
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
4 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Optional variations (I had leftover mushrooms and local beef from our CSA hanging around with no immediate plans):
half a basket or so of white mushrooms
1/2 lb of free-range beef

First, thinly slice Brussels sprouts and set aside.

Slicing Brussels for the Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe

Slicing brussels sprouts.

I started off slicing very thinly, but as my hands tired, my strips got wider and wider. For the last couple I think I was only quartering the sprouts because I just didn’t care anymore, haha. It worked out well enough in the end.

Then, cook bacon in a skillet and also set aside, crumbling them when they are cool enough to do so.

Cookin' Bacon for Hash

Sizzle, baby.

In the greasy pan, cook garlic, shallots, mushrooms, and beef, giving the ingredients a minute’s head start before adding the apple cider vinegar. Cook until beef is very nearly cooked, and the vegetables tender.

Cooking the brussel sprouts, shallots, mushrooms, and beef

Adding the apple cider vinegar to the brussels sprouts, mushrooms, shallots, and beef.

Add the bacon back in, and crack in the four eggs. When the eggs are cooked to your liking, cut the heat, dish and enjoy.

Cooking the eggs

This is before I realized that trying to keep these eggs together was more effort than I cared to expend.

Scrambled and plated for two

Ready to consume on our wildly mismatched plates.

The hubs and I both enjoyed this though… Adam is not a huge Brussels sprout fan, and the awesome bacon-y goodness of this meal was not enough to overcome the “eh” brought on by the inherent Brussels sproutiness (totally a word) of a Brussels-based scrambled egg dish. So I guess this one won’t become a fixture in our house either, but at least we have options when we get Brussels sprouts in the CSA box!

emily

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6 thoughts on “Bacon Week: Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Scramble

  1. Ooo, another delicious-looking recipe! I really like brussel sprouts, so I don’t see how you could possibly go wrong by adding bacon to it. I’ve actually roasted brussel sprouts with a little bacon grease in the past, so surely even more bacon would be even better!

    Sorry Adam didn’t like this one as much…but I’m finding it very appealing.

    PS, aren’t you glad bacon is paleo? XD

  2. Assembling this dish differently might be better.
    Pan-sautéed sprouts and bacon usually end up soggy.
    Roast the brussel sprouts on a baking sheet along with the bacon. Gretl and I love oven-roasted sprouts, as well as oven-roasted bacon, for crispier and even texture. It makes a huge difference. While waiting for the sprouts and bacon, you can sauté the mushrooms, shallots, and garlic in the butter, then reserve them. Use the eggs to make a Japanese omelette (there are tons of good recipes out there.) Fold in, then toss the bacon, sprouts, mushrooms, garlic, shallots, and cider vinegar. Spread the mixture over the omelettes for service.

    • Jason, I think you are definitely onto something there! Sounds amazing, thanks!

  3. Poor brussel sprouts get a bad rap in my opinion. I think they are delish! Baking is a great way to bring out their flavor too!

    • Sorry Jasen, life-long habit. My apologies, friend! I should have known anyway, since E is clearly the best vowel.

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