Sunday, March 8, 2015

Warm Maple Brussel Sprouts, Pear, and Bacon Salad


I mean, with this combination, what could be bad?

I found this recipe on How Sweet Eats and decided to adapt it a bit.  Not a huge fan of blue cheese, and I did a few other little modifcations.

The result was delicious!

Now I served this salad warm, but it would also be delicious at room temperature!

Warm Maple Brussel Sprouts, Pear, and Bacon Salad
(Adapted from How Sweet Eats)

4 slices maple bacon
2 bags of shaved brussel sprouts
2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large pear, chopped
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Heat large skillet and cook bacon until crisp and it has rendered some fat (about 5 minutes).  Remove bacon with slotted spoon and place on paper towel to absorb extra grease.

Add Brussel sprouts to grease, stirring gently to coat (you will have to add these in stages since the shaved brussel sprouts are pretty bulky, but they will wilt down!).

Cook until softened / wilted, and stir in maple syrup.  Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, and add salt and pepper.  Crumble the bacon and add back into skillet.  Then add half the goat cheese, and stir to combine.

Put mixture in serving bowl and add the chopped up pear, stirring to combine.  Add the remainder of crumbled goat cheese on top (if you are going to serve the salad at room temperature, then wait to add the goat cheese until right before serving).

Serve immediately OR let cool to room temperature.


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