Brussels Sprout Skewers

Stuck in a vegetable rut? Not sure what to feed those picky vegetable eaters? I have the cure! BACON!!!!! Yes, bacon nature’s cure to the mundane. Brussels sprouts were as foreign to me as the Chinese language, or Wham!, but on one fateful night, those beautiful mini cabbages rolled into my life. I’ve been obsessed ever since. Believe it or not, there are people out there who aren’t too excited about the idea of brussels sprouts. After these skewers they’ll be begging for more.

Ingredients:
1 16 oz Bag of Fresh Brussels Sprouts
8 Skewers
8 Strips of Turkey Bacon (or pork bacon, if you’re into that sort of thing)
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Cayenne Pepper (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. The first step in making Brussels Sprout Skewers is to prep the brussels sprouts. Begin by cutting the hard bottoms off the vegetable and then quartering them (if the brussels sprouts are small you can simply half them).

Place the quartered brussels spouts in a medium size bowl and dress them with olive oil, pepper, salt, and garlic, season them to taste. Toss the brussels sprouts until every quarter has been coated.
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Now, it’s time to make the skewers! Pierce the bacon, at the end the strip, with a skewer. Next, push one of the pieces of brussels sprouts onto the skewer, to meet the bacon. Loop the bacon strip around the veggie and thread it back on the skewer. Continue three more times until there are four brussels sprouts on the skewer and the bacon is at the end. When the sequence is finished, push the items to the top of the skewer and begin the next bacon and brussels sequence at the bottom.
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Put the skewers on a pan and into the oven for about fifteen minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the brussels sprouts are tender. Once the skewers have slightly cooled, cut the skewer in half, so that you have two mini vegetable skewers.
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These are great as appetizers or for a side. Honestly, these skewers have turned brussels sprout haters into lovers… The bacon sure doesn’t hurt ;-).

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