Last week Dana and I made our second to last garden harvest, mostly Brussels sprouts, some romanesco and plenty of the leaves from both plants. It was quite a haul!
Two big bowls of Brussels sprouts (my favorite vegetable!) and plenty of greens.
Dana's happy because he got to use his harvesting machete : - )
- a few slices of bacon
- small Brussels sprouts
- splash Fire Cider
- freshly ground black pepper
First, I cooked the bacon (from The Meat Market in Great Barrington) in a large cast iron skillet.
Naturally, the bacon is shaped like it's home state of Massachusetts. Pigs are wicked smart!
Once the bacon was cooked, I made 4 pieces and then set the bacon aside, keeping the rendered fat in the pan.
I then added as many small Brussels sprouts as I could fit in the pan. Keeping the heat on medium low, I tossed to coat in the rendered fat and put the lid on for a few minutes. The sprouts were small, so they cooked quickly.
Brussels sprouts, fresh from our garden, cooking in bacon fat.
When the sprouts were cooked through and nicely browned on the outside, I turned the heat up a bit and deglazed with the splash of Fire Cider. Finally, I added the black pepper and served!
A balanced meal: a few slices of bacon, a huge bowl full of greens and a side of veggie soup!
I think this is a great meal: there's some protein from the bacon (note the ratio of meat to veggies- very important!), and the sprouts were cooked in the rendered fat, which is as good for you as olive oil- check it out:
"According to a new book out called Fat by Jennifer McLagan, bacon's fat is a lot like that of olive oil: '45 percent of the fat in bacon is monounsaturated, the good-for-you fat that can help lower bad cholesterol levels. Better still, bacon's monounsaturated fat turns out to be oleic acid, the same fat found in olive oil. So that means that some could argue that bacon is about half as good for you as olive oil and about 100 times more delicious."
-Quote taken from Charleston City Paper.com
Adding a side of the leek and mushroom soup I'd made a few days earlier, you can find that recipe here, this meal is about 70% veggies: the Brussels sprouts, plus the leeks, mushrooms and carrots from the soup, with the majority of the filling calories from high quality animal sources: cream, butter, bacon and lard. This is how the Fire Cider makers stay healthy, all winter long. Hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did!