Today is December 1st, so it seems only fitting that I share a brussels sprout recipe, right? Since we're into December does that mean I can share a Christmas cracker joke with you guys? I know they're terrible, but they're meant to be terrible! Whatever you said - I'm going to anyway. What's the most popular Christmas wine?
"I don't like brussels sprouts!!!" Get it?
People tend to go either way when it comes to brussels sprouts - some hate them (well, most hate them) and some love them (me!). When you take one of the most popular Christmas recipes on the planet and turn it up a notch with crispy pan-cooked brussels sprouts, deliciously smoky bacon and tart-yet-sweet chewy cranberries, there's no way the words "hate" and "brussels sprouts" are going to be heard in the same sentence - not in your house, anyway!
When it comes to Christmas side dish recipes, I always go all out - crispy roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary, fragrant Christmas cabbage with Asian spices and easy cranberry sauce with red wine are just a handful of the delicious treats you could expect to gorge on if you were to turn up at the Pink Recipe Box household on Christmas Day.
But please don't - I've only got enough food to feed two people (plus another two, another two and another two, but I intend to eat those for leftovers for the entire week afterward) and I'd hate to turn you down and shut the door in your face after handing you a take out menu, you know?
But back to the Christmas brussels sprout recipes! These brussels sprouts couldn't be any further away from the soggy, overly-powerful, smelly things you probably got served up as a child. Because they're cooked in a frying pan, the edges are deliciously crisp and crunchy, the smoky bacon adds the most decadent flavour and the somehow tart-yet-sweet cranberries just top the whole thing off and cement this as 100% a Christmas dish.
How do you plan on serving up your brussels sprouts on Christmas day?
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Cranberries
- 4 slices smoky bacon
- 2 cups halved brussels sprouts
- ¼ cup dried cranberries chopped
- Finely chop the bacon and toss it into a hot frying pan.
- Cook for around 10 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon.
- Add the brussels sprouts into the frying pan with the bacon grease and cook over a medium-high heat for 20 minutes, until the edges are crisp and the brussels sprouts are fully cooked through.
- Add the cooked bacon and dried cranberries back into the pan and stir.
- Cook for a final 5 minutes and serve immediately whilst hot.