|Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon|| |
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts
- 3 or 4 strips bacon, preferably thick-cut
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 small onion
- 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons cannabutter or oil
- Heat cast-iron skillet on high for 5 to 7 minutes, then reduce heat to medium.
- Chop or slice and add bacon.
- Cook bacon for 2 minutes, then add butter or oil.
- Cut sprouts into halves and chop garlic and onion.
- When butter is melted, add garlic and onion and brown for 1 to 2 minutes before adding sprouts.
- Place sprouts cut side down and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Turn over sprouts and continue cooking for another 3 to 5 minutes until browned and soft.
- Turn off heat, mix in cannabutter or oil and let sit for 2 minutes to heat and absorb into food.
One of the great things about Brussels sprouts is their versatility, allowing them to be used as both a side dish and an entrée, as well as the ease with which they combine with other ingredients and both absorb and complement other flavors. This recipe can serve as an entrée paired with a grain or pasta and a light side salad or another cold vegetable. As a side dish it goes well with just about any meat or fish recipe, but because of its heartiness, any other side dishes you make should be on the lighter side.
This dish uses bacon both as a fat to assist the cooking and as a main ingredient, but vegetarians and anyone preferring not to use bacon can just as easily use a little extra olive or grapeseed oil and a flavorful vegetable substitute like sundried tomatoes, garlic scapes, red or green peppers, or even chipotle peppers to replace the bacon.
If you know anything about cooking with cannabis, you know you can’t cook at too high a temperature if you want to keep your THC from being ruined by the heat. And if you know anything about pan-roasting Brussels sprouts, you know the best way to do it is in a cast-iron skillet over a serious flame. What gives?
Comedy and cooking are both about timing. But while they say tragedy plus time equals comedy, with cooking, too much heat for too long always equals tragedy. The trick here is to know just when to add your THC—for this recipe in the form of cannabutter.