"Salad" of Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Sherry

  • Yield: 4 servings


1gallon water
40 brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
2tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/3cup olive oil
8slices bacon, cut into short strips
2 shallots, minced
4cloves garlic, minced
3tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Freshly ground pepper


  1. Add the water and salt to a large pot and boil. Add the sprouts to the boiling water and cook until tender but not mushy, about 7 to 10 minutes. Drain the sprouts and transfer to a bowl of ice water.
  2. In a medium bowl make a vinaigrette by whisking together the vinegar and oil. In a large sauté pan on medium heat, cook the bacon. When the bacon begins to crisp and the fat is released, add the sprouts. Once the sprouts start to take on some color, add the shallots, garlic, and thyme.
  3. When the shallots become translucent, add the vinaigrette to the pan and toss gently to coat the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper

Recipe reprinted with permission from Chris Chamberlain’s The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South  (Thomas Nelson, 2012)