It’s Super Bowl Sunday and all I can think about is Brussels sprouts and Cam Newton… Not a likely combination, I know… But I have sprouts I need to cook and Cam Newton to swoon over. I’m not into football that much. Crazy huh? Given the fact that I live in a football city, state… And if you don’t watch college football you will not understand our love for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide… Roll Tide Roll! The Tide won The National Championship for the 2015 college football season…again. Great victory for the University of Alabama, Coach Nick Saban and of course the players, coaches and staff. They earned it!
And I know what you’re thinking, Cam played college ball for Auburn University and that’s one of our big rivals in the state.. Right, he did and they are, but that’s not important. #rolltide *photo courtesy of Instagram*
What does any of this have to do with Brussels sprouts?….Absolutely nothing! It’s Super Bowl Sunday, Cam the cutie is quarter backing for the Carolina Panthers and I just need to cook these Brussels sprouts.
Well if you haven’t figured out by now.. Maybe I have a crush on Cam.. Just maybe. I mean he does have a lot in common with the Brussels sprouts… well maybe not. But for those of you who actually want a comparison, here you go. Brussels sprouts are healthy and good for you. They are an excellent source of vitamins b1, b6, c and k. They are packed with lots of nutrients such as folate and potassium to name a few. Cam the cutie does a lot in the community, he’s handsome and he has style… I guess that means he is good for us too…..Ladies you can relate, no?…. yes?….maybe?…. Ok, tried. Just sit there and look at this picture and thank me later.. I mean football is a great sport! Go Cam.. Oops I mean panthers! *Photo courtesy of his Instagram @cameron1newton*
Okay… So now that I’ve gotten your attention, back to the sprouts. I’ve recently found a new love for these little green goddesses. I like them steamed, oven roasted and my favorite, pan roasted with bacon and balsamic vinegar, specifically my new found love espresso flavored balsamic vinegar that I picked up from Simply Infused. If you haven’t read my post about my visit there, please do so!
I rinsed and dried the Brussels sprouts. I prepped the other ingredients which were green onions, chopped garlic clove, and I chopped up about 4 strips of thick cut bacon and some other yummy goodies. I reserved a little of the bacon grease… And then the magic happened … The birth of pan roasted sprouts with bacon and espresso balsamic vinegar. That first bite… I’m just saying… O.M.G.!
Well now that you know about my perfectly healthy (no pun intended) crush on Cam and my perfectly healthy love for Brussels sprouts, I hope you find the humor in all of this, I know I did! Enjoy Cam, I mean the super bowl and add in some Brussels sprouts to your all star party foods line up. As always follow me on Instagram and Twitter @chefpleshette and on Snapchat @thechefp.
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4 strips thick cut bacon
reserved bacon fat
1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup of dried cranberries, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
Cook bacon in a large skillet using medium to high heat until it is crispy. Place cooked bacon on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the grease. Reserving some of the fat in the pan. Then rough chop the bacon. Add the butter to the pan an melt over high heat.
Add to the pan the onions, garlic and Brussels sprouts and cook stirring occasionally. Then drizzle the espresso balsamic vinegar , reduce heat slightly, cooking the Brussels sprouts until they are golden to dark brown in color or about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add in the chopped cranberries and bacon, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve them family style on your favorite platter or individually as appetizers with toothpicks or skewers.