I guess I'm not surprised - they came out amazing! Featuring pancetta for saltiness, maple syrup for sweetness, and thyme for an herbaceous twist, there is no way you could not like this. Not to mention it is super easy to make (like, for real) and comes together pretty quick. This is a dish that goes beyond Thanksgiving - it is surely one to make throughout the entire winter season!
I was so excited to find out that I would be hosting Thanksgiving for my family this year. For the most part I stuck to the classics - brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes, my Poppop's stuffing (it is not Thanksgiving without this man's stuffing!!), buttery mashed potatoes - but I wanted to put my own modern twist on something. I chose brussels sprouts because they typically (and unfortunately) are known for being, well, gross. They get boiled and, to put it bluntly, taste like cabbage farts. This is something that has plagued my family for years but THIS year I put my foot down. Enough of the farty, mushy brussels sprouts! Let the sweet and salty, crunchy brussels sprouts reign supreme!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5-7 people
You Will Need:
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 5oz diced pancetta (1 container)
- 1 lb brussels sprouts, halved and peeled of outer layer (if very small leave whole)
- 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup
- small handful of fresh thyme (8-10 sprigs)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Put olive oil and pancetta in a large saucepan on medium heat. Stirring semi-often, let pancetta cook and fat render, about 5 minutes. (if you notice it crisping faster than the fat is melting then lower the heat a little bit)
- Once rendered and crispy (see above photo for example), add brussels sprouts. Stir to combine and have sprouts covered in fatty goodness. Let cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring a few times, until parts have browned and most of the oil has been absorbed.
- Add maple syrup and stir to cover. Strip thyme leaves off of sprigs and add to the saucepan. Once again stir to combine and let cook for another 2-3 minutes to allow syrup and thyme to flavor the brussels sprouts and pancetta.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm until served.
What modern twist did you put on Thanksgiving dinner this year?