So, I didn’t think there was any other way I could enjoy Brussels sprouts. ROASTED OR BUST, I typically say… That has finally changed. *cue hallelujah chorus* I mean, you really can’t hate anything that is creamed and includes bacon… It’s pretty much the best vegetable mask, ever. I would have actually eaten this as a child had someone prepared brussels sprouts for me this way. THANKS FOR NUTHIN’, MOM. Actually, my mother never prepared brussels sprouts at home, but, I was used to disgustingly mushy & bland sprouts at my aunts house. I won’t name you, Aunt ______, but, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. The brussels I was accustomed to as a child were a crime compared to these.
I figured I would just try to make the creamed spinach I’ve made before, but, with coconut milk… and it worked! Coconut haters: don’t go runnin’ away yet, ’cause, I SWEAR you cannot taste the coconut milk. You could serve this to a group of non-paleo grubbers and they would have no idea you didn’t use real cream! I brought it to my parents house and nobody questioned it. That’s the trick – just serve it to them and once they like it, THEN you tell them it’s paleodairyfree… in a really quick, mumbling fashion, so, no one hears you.
I didn’t even mention that this yummy recipe is under 10 ingredients. I would even consider this a 5 ingredient recipe (cause I like to cheat and say certain items “don’t count” i.e. salt, pepper, herbs, oil), but, if you wanna get technical, it is about 8. I just love easy recipes and while this does take about 30 minutes total, it’s pretty much just 20 minutes of waiting for the brussels to get nice and tender. You really don’t even have to stir! Kick your feet up for 20 minutes! Set it and forget it! (anyone else love watching 2am infomercials? THE RONCO ROTISSERIE 5000! I know I’m not alone.)
- 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, sliced/shredded OR quartered
- 4 slices bacon, chopped/sliced
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp firmly packed fresh sage, chopped
- 1 tsp firmly packed fresh thyme, chopped (or just 2 tsp packed thyme)
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ tsp sea salt (+ more to taste)
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 tbsp butter (opt.)
- Preheat large skillet to med high heat and cook chopped bacon until crisp. About 5-10 mins.
- Meanwhile, trim brussels sprouts by cutting off the stem.
- (Cutting the stem off will take the icky leaves with it.)
- Peel the loose leaves off and you have a beautiful, clean, baby brussel!
- Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Add onion to pan and saute for 2-4 minutes until translucent.
- Add remaining ingredients to onions - coconut milk, cooked bacon, garlic, bay leaf, fresh herbs, salt, pepper & freshly grated nutmeg - and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook, covered, for 15-20 mins (depending on how you cut your sprouts - shredded/sliced will take 15 & quartered will take 20). Add a tablespoon of butter, if desired.
- Taste and add more salt & pepper, if necessary. Top with a bit of chopped parsley & some more freshly grated nutmeg before serving.