Baconnnnnnn grease! The mother of all cooking ‘oils’. The secret to taking some of your healthiest dishes (hello B Sprouts!) and making them, well, not so healthy. Honestly, if you’ve never cooked corn in bacon grease, do yourself a favor and put that on your meal plan immediately. And FYI, you can save your bacon grease so you don’t have to cook a package of bacon each time you need the grease. Although I would never argue against cooking a package a bacon up, it’s just if you’re like me, you’ve ate about 5-7 pieces of bacon before you actually finish cooking the package of bacon.
But seriously, all you have to do to save your bacon grease is to pour it in a glass far after you’re done cooking your bacon. It turns into a thick paste, but with the consistency of butter so you can scoop it out and into a pan really easy. With a few minutes on medium heat it melts back to its original form and BOOM! Bacon grease that is nice and ready for you to saute some foods in.
So when I was searching for some dinner ideas last night and knew I wanted to make brussel sprouts, I spied the jar of bacon grease in the fridge, and the rest was recipe history. Now, if you don’t just randomly have a jar of bacon grease in your fridge, just cook yourself up some bacon, reserving the grease to cook with, and then you can crumble up the bacon and put it in the Parmesan cream sauce – ‘Bacon Parmesan Cream Sauce’. Damn it, why didn’t I do that…
Also, I have to apologize for the lack of pics in this post. To be honest, I snapped the pic above in the midst of cooking the dish, and was so excited that I just started eating it all, realizing after that my hunger overtook my brain, causing me to forget to snap some more pretty pics for you. Somehow, I think I had you at the words ‘Bacon Grease’ and you’ll be okay 😉
So without further ado, the recipe…
Bacon Grease Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan Cream Sauce
For the Sprouts…
* One bag or 1.5 lbs of fresh brussel sprouts, cleaned and halved
* 1 cup of bacon grease
* Onion powder
* Cracked black pepper
For the Sauce…
* 1 cup of heavy cream
* 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
* 3 garlic cloves, minced
* Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat bacon grease in a large pan until melted down (NOTE: If you had to cook bacon first, simply retain the grease in the pan).
2. Add in the brussel sprouts and season with onion powder and cracked black pepper.
3. Saute until sprouts are golden brown on the edges and still have some crispiness, approximately 10 minutes.
4. While your brussel sprouts are sauteing, place a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in the all of the ingredients for the sauce, stirring to mix.
5. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the sauce thickens up. Pour over brussel sprouts and enjoy!