Brussels sprouts leaves are not sold in stores. You get them by growing the plants themselves. This recipe for sauteed brussels sprout leaves makes great use of leaves that might other end up on a compost pile or in the trash can.
The leaves that are used for this recipe are the ones that grow at the top of the plant over the small Brussels sprouts themselves.
They are much larger and are cooked like any other green.
My vegetable garden is producing well right now, so I have lots of Brussels sprouts leaves to use in my recipe, along with another easy to grow vegetable – the onion.
Both vegetables taste delightful with bacon, so using them together allows me to use up even more of my plentiful harvest.
Sautéed Brussels Sprout Leaves make a tasty green side dish.
Sautéed Brussels sprouts leaves have the texture and consistency of collard greens but have a taste that is more similar to kale.
Try to choose the smaller, more tender leaves. This will give the best flavor. The largest leaves which have been growing the longest can taste more bitter as they age.
Making the Brussels Sprout Leaves recipe
I like to bake my bacon in the oven for this dish. It removes a lot of the fat, so makes for an overall less calorie rich dish but still leaves all the lovely bacon flavor.
It takes only 15 minutes and you can be cooking the leaves while it cooks. Dice the bacon into smallish pieces when it is done.
Add olive oil to a pan and dice the onion and cook till it is translucent then add in the garlic.
Vegetable stock comes next and then the brussels sprouts leaves are added and cooked with the lid on so that they can steam.
Finish off the recipe with red pepper flakes and lemon zest.
Continue cooking until the leaves are soft with a little bit of crunch left. (this took me about 30 minutes over low heat.)
Remove from heat and stir in a small splash of red wine vinegar and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Add the chopped bacon and serve hot.
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Nutritional information for Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
This recipe serves four with about 2 cups for each serving. The recipe has 119 calories and 7.5 grams of fat, 1.6 grams of sugar and is high in protein.
The leaves taste amazing. They are tender and still have a nice crunch and are beautifully flavored with the garlic and bacon. They make a great side dish with any protein.
Have you ever used the leaves of brussels sprouts in cooking? If so, how do you prepare them? Please leave your comments below.
Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 1.5gUnsaturated Fat: 5.6gCholesterol: 7.5mgSodium: 786.4mgCarbohydrates: 8.2gFiber: 2.8gSugar: 1.6gProtein: 5.6g