Remember when brussels sprouts were that food you would use to describe what could only be the worst possible meal someone could possible force upon you as a child? Like, ugh, I’ll eat anything but brussels sprouts, yuck! And now I’m 30, and brussels sprouts are having their moment, and I’ve probably said out loud at some point in the last 6 months: “you should really order the pancetta skillet brussels sprouts, they’re the chef’s speciality” or,I can’t stop thinking about those fried buffalo brussels sprouts with whipped blue cheese mouse from last night’s menu.” Funny how things like that work out, right? So while b-sprouts are in my culinary spotlight, I thought it would be a good time to mix up how I make them at home and tested this recipe with the intention of it being a Thanksgiving side dish.
Brussel Sprout Salad 1It’s *almost* a salad — a way to get a little bit of green onto my gravy-soaked plate on Turkey Day. The good thing is that you can make it all on the stovetop — it’s always smart to have dishes that don’t take up precious oven-room on Thanksgiving. The dish also tastes great served hot or cooled down to room temperature. So go ahead, make sure you eat your veggies! Full recipe below:  Brussel Sprout Salad 2 Brussel Sprout Salad 3 Brussel Sprout Salad 4 Brussel Sprout Salad 5

Autumn Brussel Sprout Salad.
Serves: 6 cups
  • 1 lb Chopped Brussel Sprouts
  • ¼ cup Dried Cranberries
  • ¼ cup Minced Red Onions
  • ¼ cup Thinly Sliced Shallots
  • ¼ cup Finely Chopped Bacon
  • ¼ cup Chopped Pecans
  • Olive Oil
  1. In a cast iron skillet brown chopped bacon until crispy; remove, drain and set aside to cool
  2. Add a drizzle of olive oil, shallots and onions to skillet and cook until softened and beginning to brown, remove from pan and set aside
  3. Toast chopped pecans in same pan for 2-3 minutes, remove and set aside
  4. Add more olive oil to pan and cook brussels sprouts until they just begin to soften slightly and transfer from the skillet to a serving bowl
  5. Toss brussels sprouts with bacon, shallot and onion mixture, pecans and dried cranberries, serve immediately