To create the sweet caramelization of the sprouts, be sure to cook them undisturbed for 4 mintues or so before turning, but check the first one or two sprouts at about the 3 minute mark to see how well and how quickly they're browning so they don't burn.
Course Side Dish
Keyword brussels sprouts
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Total Time 20minutes
1/2poundpancetta*cut into small dice (about 1 cup)
1poundfresh brussels sprouts
1tablespoonwhite balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is fragrant and beginning to crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain and set aside.
While the pancetta is cooking, trim the ends of the brussels sprouts and cut in half from the root to the tips of the sprout. Raise the temperature of the pan to medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts cut side down in an even layer, and cook for 4-5 minutes and the sprouts begin to brown and caramelize, then turn, season with kosher salt and black pepper, reduce the heat to medium and cover with a lid. Add another tablespoon of oil to the bottom of the pan if needed. Cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the sprouts are fork tender.
Add the pancetta back to the pan with the sprouts. Whisk the remaining tablespoon of olive oil with the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and add to the sprouts, tossing to coat, and cook for another minute or two, so the sprouts are still fork tender but not mushy. Season with more kosher salt and ground black pepper and serve.
*You could also use regular bacon if you'd prefer. Just choose a really good quality brand or pick it up directly from the meat counter itself. The lesser brands of bacon turn out all fat and end up becoming a grease bomb without much flavor.