You've heard the rumours, kids apparently don't eat Brussels sprouts. They don't like them, they are sure eating them will result in certain death. They are of course right unless they are cooked like this... as it is the only way to eat Brussels sprouts...and of course it's kid approved...bacon leek and butter!
When it comes to Brussels sprouts, I kind of get the angst that kids face about them. The reason is: we need to cook them properly. These little beauties are not ok steamed and served, they taste like dishwater when you do that. These little morsels require a little extra love. And they need flavour.
And what better flavour to add than bacon, leek and butter? I went to a Christmas in July event a few weeks back, put on by the good people at Lurpak butter- a butter I became a massive fan of when I lived in London. And at the event...we had brussels sprouts as part of our meal.
But I have to be honest, my kids were at home and I was feeling kind of jealous because before I left I had prepared them dinner...including these amazing brussels sprouts that are in this post!
This ^^^ is me (on the right), in an awkward moment when Santa was delivering our goodie bags! It was a pretty special evening and the food was delicious. But back to my Brussels sprouts. You can't serve them without something that will make them pop. To make them pop with flavour, you have to bring it.
Good quality butter, yummy leeks and bacon (because everything tastes better with bacon) is the way to win with Brussels sprouts. Nothing fancy, just awesome flavours. Another side dish that would be awesome for a Christmas in July celebration are these sweetest ever sweet potatoes.
The only way to eat Brussels sprouts, bacon, leek and butter
- 300 grams brussels sprouts washed, halved
- 4 rashers bacon cut into thin strips
- 2 leeks thinly sliced
- 100 grams butter
- Heat ½ the butter in your frypan over medium heat.
- Add the bacon and leeks and cook until soft.
- Meanwhile, steam, microwave or boil your brussels sprouts for 3 minutes, until just tender.
- Add the cooked brussels sprouts to the pan and add the rest of the butter.
- Cook until golden- I would caramelise them normally but we are currently not eating "burnt" food. LOL