Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Recipe - Chisel & Fork (2024)

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Everything is better with bacon and these shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon are no different. It's an easy side dish that's perfect for the holidays.

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I'm always on the lookout for new ways to make Brussels sprouts. My go-to is normally roasted Brussels sprouts. But last Christmas, my wife's Aunt made a lemon shaved Brussels sprouts salad that was outstanding. Now she might have sliced part of her finger off but that's a different story and I have a way to prevent that from happening - food processor!

While I loved the recipe with lemon, I wanted something that could go with my favorite holiday - Thanksgiving! To be honest though, after having this I realized it really could be made any time of the year!

A lot of Brussels sprouts recipes are served cold, but these shaved Brussels sprouts topped with bacon are meant to be cooked and served warm! By cooking the bacon in the skillet and then using the bacon fat, it gives the Brussels sprouts great flavor. What's crazy is this recipe only has 4 ingredients, with two of them being salt and pepper!

I mentioned above that you should be careful with shaving the Brussels sprouts. If you use a mandolin, just be careful! Learning from others mistakes, I didn't want to take that chance and used the food processor. It's way easier anyway!

I know Brussels sprouts got a bad rap for a long time, but if there was ever a recipe to convince people to change their tune, this would be it. And if you are looking for spicier option, try these honey sriracha Brussels sprouts.

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  • Ways to Shave Brussels Sprouts
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Recipe Ingredients

  • Brussels sprouts - can buy pre-shaved Brussels sprouts if necessary.
  • Bacon - where a lot of the flavor comes from.
  • Salt and black pepper - enhances the flavor.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cut the stems off the Brussels sprouts. In a food processor fitted with the slicing attachment, shred the Brussels sprouts. You might have to do it in batches depending on how large your food processor is. You can also thinly slice with a knife if you don't have one.
  2. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp, about 5-8 minutes. Remove bacon and add to paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Reserve about ¼ cup bacon fat in skillet. Add Brussels sprouts and sauté for about 10 minutes or until your desired doneness. Remove from heat and add bacon. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Serve immediately.
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Benefits

Like most vegetables, there are a ton ofbenefitsto eating Brussels sprouts which include:

  • High in nutrients and antioxidants - low in calories but high in fiber and minerals as well as help lower risk of chronic diseases.
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels - being high in fiber, Brussels sprouts help regular blood sugar.
  • Rich in Vitamin C and K - both are essential vitamins which enhances your immune system and good for your bones.

Ways to Shave Brussels Sprouts

There are three ways to shave Brussels sprouts:

  • The easiest is adding Brussels sprouts to a food processor with a slicing attachment.
  • You can also use a mandoline to slice although I find that the most cumbersome and dangerous.
  • If you have neither you can just go old school and use a knife to thinly slice the Brussels sprouts. Yes it takes the most work, but you'll be done before you know it.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Use afood processorwith a slicing attachmentto shave the Brussels sprouts quickly and safely.
  • If you don't want to cook the Brussels sprouts in bacon fat, useunsalted butter instead.
  • Add somesautéedshallotsif you want additional flavor.
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Other Thanksgiving Recipes

  • Instant Pot Turkey Breast
  • Sweet Corn Pudding
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots
  • Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  • Easy Turkey Gravy
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Roasted Thanksgiving Salad
  • Baked Cheddar Mac and Cheese

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5 from 3 votes

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Everything is better with bacon and these Brussels sprouts are no different. It's a quick and easy side dish that's perfect for the holidays.

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time20 minutes mins

Total Time30 minutes mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Servings: 6

Calories: 263kcal

Author: Ryan Beck

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • ½ lb bacon, cut into ½" pieces
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cut the stems off the Brussels sprouts. In a food processor fitted with the slicing attachment, shred the Brussels sprouts. You might have to do it in batches depending on how large your food processor is. You can also thinly slice with a knife if you don't have one.

  • Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp, about 5-8 minutes. Remove bacon and add to paper towel-lined plate.

  • Reserve about ¼ cup bacon fat in skillet. Add Brussels sprouts and sauté for about 10 minutes or until your desired doneness. Remove from heat and add bacon. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use a food processor with a slicing attachment to shave the Brussels sprouts quickly and safely.
  • If you don't want to cook the Brussels sprouts in bacon fat, use unsalted butter instead.
  • Add some sautéed shallots if you want additional flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 63.5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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    I love Brussels sprouts!

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Recipe - Chisel & Fork (2024)

FAQs

What is the best way to shave brussel sprouts? ›

To shave Brussels sprouts, you can use either a food processor, knife, or mandoline. A food processor works best for a large number of sprouts, while a mandoline produces the most thinly-shaved sprouts. A knife is a great option for those with less kitchen equipment.

Why do you soak brussel sprouts before cooking? ›

Not only can soaking make the centers more malleable, but the water that's absorbed into them will create a steaming action, whether you choose to roast, saute, or make your Brussels sprouts in your air fryer. The steam can help to ensure the cooking is even throughout the Brussels sprout.

What tool is used to shave brussel sprouts? ›

There are several ways to transform Brussels sprouts into versatile ribbons, including using a knife, food processor, or mandoline. Each method has its pros and cons, so choose your approach based on your equipment and the amount of sprouts you plan to tackle.

Is it better to roast brussel sprouts cut side up or down? ›

Roast 'em! Our two rules: place and space! Place them cut side down to create that slightly crunchy exterior and soft interior. Space them out evenly so they don't steam–a crowded sheet pan party is not where your brussels want to be.

Why won't my brussel sprouts get crispy? ›

Not using enough oil.

The other secret to ridiculously crispy Brussels sprouts is tossing them in plenty of oil. We like to use olive oil, but plain vegetable oil is great too. If the sprouts are well-coated, they'll caramelize and char instead of simply softening in the oven.

How long should you soak brussel sprouts in salt water? ›

Contributed by Whole Foods Market, Inc. To prepare, soak Brussels sprouts in a bowl of cold, salted water for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F.

Can you eat shaved brussel sprouts raw? ›

Brussels sprouts are a nutritious vegetable in the cruciferous family. While they're often enjoyed cooked using methods like roasting, steaming, or boiling, you can also enjoy Brussels sprouts raw. The most common side effect of eating raw Brussels sprouts is that they may cause gas in some people.

Why do you put a cross in the bottom of brussel sprouts? ›

Some people swear by cutting a cross in the bottom of each sprout, which they believe allows them to cook all through – but it's not necessary, and you'll save time if you don't.

Do you wash or cut brussel sprouts first? ›

Rinse under cold running water to remove any dust or dirt. Use a small knife to remove the sprout tip, and then remove any leaves that have bad spots. Raw: Slice thinly and toss with other shredded vegetables like cabbage, carrots, or beets.

How do you shave brussel sprouts without a mandolin? ›

Using a food processor with a slicer disc, or the grater attachment on a KitchenAid mixer, with the slicer blade, is the easiest way to shred a lot of brussels sprouts. If you have either of these available, I highly recommend this option.

Why do you cut brussel sprouts in half? ›

Doing so will provide more surface area, which means more space for roasting, and more crispiness in each bite (via The Kitchn). Whether they're small or large, once your Brussels sprouts have been cut in half and placed flat side down on a preheated cooking pan, they'll be ready to roast.

How far in advance can you shred brussel sprouts? ›

Make/prepare ahead of time:

Shred the brussels sprouts up to two days ahead of time then store in a gallon Ziplock bag with all the air pressed out.

How do you shred brussel sprouts quickly? ›

To shred Brussels sprouts in a food processor, select the “High” speed setting on your appliance. Place your Brussels sprouts in the feed tube. Use the food pusher to press the Brussels sprouts into the blade. Repeat this step until you have shredded all of the Brussels sprouts you need for your recipe.

Can you shave brussel sprouts in a blender? ›

The easiest way to shred Brussels (besides buying them pre-shaved, of course) is in a food processor with a slicing or shredding attachment. But that doesn't mean you're out of luck if you don't have one. Want to be as hands-off as possible? Use a blender.

Do you eat shaved brussel sprouts raw? ›

We love Brussels sprouts in so many dishes, whether roasted or fried. But there's some exciting preparations that don't necessarily involve cooking at all. Raw Brussels sprouts can be a delicious addition to so many salads and slaws, and they couldn't be easier to enjoy.

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