My girlfriend went to a restaurant and ordered their brussel sprouts. She sent me a picture and raved about how good they were. I could tell from the pic that there was something else in them. She confirmed there was apple, bacon, shallots and a maple syrup glaze. Of course, we were inspired, or at least I was, to duplicate that. And viola! Here is my duplication, which is completely amazing. The syrup definitely adds a sweet touch against the salty pancetta. If you like that kind of thing, you will love these brussels.
- 20 brussel sprouts, stem cut off and cut in half
- 1/2 cup thick pancetta, chopped (I usually buy the already chopped pancetta in a package)
- 3 tbsp shallots, chopped
- 1/2 an apple, cored and chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place brussels in a baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add olive oil. Toss to coat.
- Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes, turning and tossing occasionally.
- Meanwhile, over medium heat in a frying pan, saute the pancetta, apple and shallot until pancetta starts to slightly brown. This should take about 8 minutes. I suggest starting just before the brussels are done. Remove from heat once cooked.
- When brussels are done, remove from oven, add the pancetta mix, and gently toss.
- Drizzle with syrup, and serve.