the great thanksgiving recipe swap: brussels sprouts with pomegranate and bacon

by jenna on November 9, 2010

makes 3-4 side dish servings

5-6 cups brussels sprouts (about 1.5 lb), cleaned and quartered

2 slices bacon (either maple or pepper works well), cut into small pieces

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (arils)

1/4 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped

1/8-1/4 tsp sea salt and pepper depending on preference

Begin by cooking the bacon over medium-high heat in a large skillet.

Once the bacon is almost all browned add the brussels sprouts.  Cook and stir at least once a minute.  When most of the brussels sprouts have browned a little bit and are softened (about 5-7 minutes), pour in to pomegranates and pecans.  Add salt and pepper then as well.

Cook the entire mixture for another 2-3 minutes.  Taste a brussels sprout to make sure it is done, then plate up.

Recipe and photo from Heather.

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Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Yet another interesting use for pomegranate. I never would have put them in brussel sprouts. Great recipe.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Bacon! Brussels and bacon is my new favorite dish. Love it.

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Love the idea of using pom seeds!

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marie November 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Do you leave the bacon drippings in or dump them before adding the next ingredients?

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Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Marie – I leave the bacon drippings in the pan because it’s not very much from 2 slices of bacon but adds so much flavor to the dish.

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I would have never thought to put pom arils in a savory recipe like that! Looks great!

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Tab - Just Weighing In November 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I have to say that I’m not usually a fan of brussel sprouts but I’d be willing to try this recipe because it looks good. :)

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Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Thanks for sharing my recipe Jenna!

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Mary @ stylefyles November 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Yum! This sounds SO good. Thanks for the reminder that I do NOT eat enough brussels sprouts. Or bacon, for that matter!

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Shannon @ Fresh Year of Life November 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

HMMMM. I just made brussel sprouts for the first time last night!

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Lauren at KeepItSweet November 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm

yum! i was just looking for a new brussel sprout recipe

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Hope @ Onehealthyhope November 10, 2010 at 1:16 am

Oh brussel sprouts, how many years did I waste hating you?! Let me tell you that I am certainly making up for it now!!

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 10, 2010 at 3:58 am

I have to say, I’ve never been a bacon girl. But brussels sprouts and bacon together are such a wonderful combo, they really are. This dish sounds so lovely! :D

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Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 10, 2010 at 6:39 am

I don’t eat bacon, but that looks like a great combination, particularly with the pomegranates – very creative!

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Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) November 10, 2010 at 6:45 am

I love brussels sprouts! I frequently see them paired with pancetta. I personally love them roasted with olive oil and kosher salt!

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Laurab @ foodsnobstl November 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

This looks so good! No more brussel sprouts with velveta at our thanksgiving!

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Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun November 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Brussel sprout and pomagrante – it’s an interesting combo!
Thanks! I’ll have to try this out…

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Whitney November 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Just curious, if I cooked the bacon and then roasted everything, adding the pomegranates at the end, do you think it would still work?

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Whitney November 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

It looks really yummy and I’m planning on this for tomorrow!

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