Brussel Sprouts and Bacon!

I knew Easter would be a tough holiday to get through with the Italian easter pies, pasta, and of course, desserts! So I offered to bring something of my own ..

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons crushed garlic

5 strips of bacon, fried
(save the bacon fat!!!)

1 (16 ounce) package trimmed Brussels sprouts

salt and ground black pepper to taste

garlic powder to taste

Heat a small pan and cook bacon strips until crispy.
Remove strips from here and place aside to cool
Slowly add olive oil to pan with bacon fat over medium heat until the oil shimmers, and cook garlic, stirring often, until golden brown
Add Brussels sprouts to the skillet and cook without stirring until the undersides of the sprouts turn golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
Stir sprouts over, and cook other sides until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes.
Cut bacon into bits or desired size and add to sprouts and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes
Season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

ENJOY!!!!

This dish goes great with an aioli dip =)
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ciao-america-with-mario-batali/aioli-recipe/index.html

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