I was on a little psychobilly kick while cooking these... it somehow seemed appropriate, since I think of brussels sprouts as throwbacks to the 50's. But these definitely aren't your mom or grandma's sprouts! I kept coming back to the Horrorpops, so here's their "Miss Take". -jen
BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND BACON GRATIN
- 3/4 pound bacon, chopped into 1" pieces
- 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
- 2 medium shallots, sliced
- 1 pound brussels sprouts, cut off brown ends
- 3/4 cup chicken broth, seasoned*
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1/4-1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large skillet (that has a fitted lid, which you'll need later) over medium-high heat, cook bacon until browned and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on some paper towels. Set aside.
In the same skillet, keep about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat, discarding the remainder. Add 2 tablespoons of butter. Melt over medium-high heat and add shallots. Cook for several minutes until tender. If your brussels sprouts are large, cut them in half. If they're small, you can leave them whole. Add brussels sprouts and just toss them around for 2-3 minutes to get a little browned. Add the chicken broth to deglaze the pan (scrape up the crusty bits) and the red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then cover and lower heat to simmer for about 7 minutes or until brussels sprouts are slightly tender when pierced with a fork.
Note: At this point, you could just stop and eat the sprouts like this because they're delicious and it would be a lower-fat, lower-carb dish. Or you can continue into the awesome, evil world of cream and cheese and bread crumbs!
If your skillet is oven safe, you can leave everything in it. If not, transfer sprouts and shallots into a buttered 2-quart baking dish. Add cream, shredded cheese, and crisped bacon. Toss. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and toss with panko. Sprinkle buttered panko over the top.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until browned on top.
Shown here with some homemade chicken strips.