Brussel Sprouts with Apples and Bacon





Happy Spring everybody.  As beautiful and slightly daunting spring is and as cold and rude winter was I'm a little frazzled,  but excited.  Yesterday I tried to take advantage of what the day symbolized and the opportunity to start fresh.  I steamed in a little eucalyptus to remove any internal dampness that could slow me down in an emerging Yang season, I did some vinyasa over my loving it Yin style yoga of winter and a got a little Spring tuneup from my amazing acupuncturist. It was a lovely first day to spring, but truthfully I'm kind of going to miss winter.  My favorite wool socks, hot chocolate and a little whiskey to beat the cold.  But you know what I'm really gonna miss and this is weird coming from me because I'm not the biggest fan of veggies.  I'm going to miss my Brussels sprouts with bacon recipe.  With peak fresh Brussels sprouts season coming to a close I took the opportunity on Equinox eve to make a little bit.  They are so good and so easy and so rich and yummy. Ive made them at all times of the day with or without any thing else and i just love them.  It oh so odd,  a few years ago you would never see me eating a Brussels  sprout but something happened in me and now I love them.  So here's a petite adieu to le sprout for the spring.  Below is a recipe for a great snack.  Set your oven to 400 please.

Ingredients:
Grab as many Brussels and you wanna eat,  wash them and cut them into halves or quarters depending on their size.

3 slices uncured uncooked bacon cut into little pieces

1 granny smith apple cored and sliced into little pieces

1 red onion sliced into slivers

salt/pepper

olive oil

red wine vinegar

You literally put all that into the baking dish. I use a glass 8x8.  Add a little salt and pepper and olive oil on top and mix with your hands till its all coated.  Put it in the oven for 20 minutes.  Take the dish out for a minute and add 1 tsp of red wine vinegar,  this really brings it all together,  mix in and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes or so and its done.  Its so simple and so good.  I'm a garlic freak and I don't even think it needs it.  Of course Ive tried it and its fab but just the sweetness of the vinegar and apples against the onions with the salty bacon and the sprouts get so chewy and moist.  Its amazing.
Eat it now or dream of it till next winter.