Sunday, November 15, 2015

{Celebrating Thanksgiving} Brussels Sprouts with Juicy Bits of Pork

Nothing against bacon, but these juicy chunks of pork compliment Brussels sprouts WAY better than bacon ever could. In fact, I dare say this Brussels sprout dish could turn any I-don't-like-Brussels-Sprouts person into a fan. A perfect proportion of succulent juicy pork bits to sprouts ratio makes for one satisfying dish.  I could hardly wait for my fork to spear each bite. Small slice of turkey for me, please. My Thanksgiving dinner will be all about this dish.

Do yourself a favor and save the bacon for breakfast.  

Brussels Sprouts with Juicy Bits of Pork
Adapted from How To Cook Everything Fast
by Mark Bittman
Serves 4-6

2 tablespoons butter
about 1/2 pound ground pork*
1-1/2 pound Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup water, chicken broth or wine
salt and pepper, to taste

*Note: The recipe says you can use chorizo, sausage, or bacon in place of pork, but I opted for the succulent juicy flavor of ground pork because I thought it would compliment the traditional Thanksgiving sides like cornbread and potatoes best. It ended up being the most incredible combination of flavors.

Trim the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the pork and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3-5 minutes.  Add the Brussels sprouts to the skillet, followed by the 1/2 cup of water, chicken broth or wine to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, or until just tender. Check on them a time or two and add a bit more of your liquid (water, broth, or wine), if necessary.  

When the sprouts are just about done, remove the cover and raise the heat to medium high. Cook, stirring just once or twice, for a couple of more minutes. The liquid should evaporate and the sprouts should be starting to get brown. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve hot.


  1. These Brussels sprouts do look really mouthwatering and good. I can see this being the hit of a Thanksgiving table--perfect for gluten-free eaters who can't have stuffing too. ;-)

  2. I am a lover of brussels sprouts. if you lived closer, I would most definitely share the brussels sprouts from my garden with you. I know it is a love or hate vegetable, and I love them.

    This is a great recipe. Flavoring with pork chunks is just as good as bacon.

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. Kim, I'm gonna dash to the market and buy brussels sprouts and pork right now! I love the title too. You had me at Juicy Bits of Pork. :)

  4. Woah! I already love brussels and bacon but I am totally in love with idea of using ground pork for this dish!

  5. I tried cooking Brussels sprouts once n it was horrible maybe should give it a go. Happy Thanksgiving r u celebrating it this week ?

  6. Wow, lovely and delicious! I could eat a plateful of this as a meal!

  7. My husband is a confirmed Brussels sprouts hated so this would indeed be a challenge to get him to eat them. Now I would gladly devour a big plate full.

    Happy Thanksgiving Kim!

  8. I love the aroma of cooking brussels sprouts on the stovetop. You kicked it up a notch by adding juicy bites of pork. Got to give it a try based on your raving review.


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