Brussels sprouts with bacon and cheese

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
6 slices streaky bacon, cut into 1cm pieces
1 small onion, julienned
1 tsp salt
1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
1 recipe Basic Brussels Sprouts, recipe follows
120ml double cream
1 tsp whole-grain Dijon mustard
30g blue cheese, crumbled
Pinch freshly ground nutmeg

For the sprouts with bacon and cheese

For the basic Brussels sprouts

450g Brussels sprouts, rinsed
120ml water
1/4 tsp salt
1) Place the bacon into a 25cm straight-sided saute pan and set over medium-high heat. Cook bacon until crisp and brown. Remove bacon and all but 1 tbsp of the fat from the pan using a slotted spoon.

2) Decrease the heat to low. Add the onion and cook just until they turn semi-translucent, approximately 3 mins. Add the salt and apple and continue to cook for another minute.

3) Add the Brussels sprouts, double cream and mustard and cook just until the Brussels sprouts are heated through, approximately 1 to 2 mins. Remove from the heat and stir in the bacon, blue cheese and nutmeg. Serve immediately.

For the basic Brussels Sprouts:

4) Cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellowing outer leaves. Cut each Brussels sprout in half from top to bottom. Place the Brussels sprouts, water and salt into a 750ml to 1L saucier and cover. Place over high heat and cook for 5 mins or until tender. Remove and serve immediately.

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