Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Hazelnuts
2 lbs fresh Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and thinly sliced
5 slices bacon, diced
2 Tbs red onion, diced
1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
Heat a large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until browned and crisp. Add the onions and cook 2-3 minutes more or until softened. Transfer the bacon and onions to a paper-towel lined plate to drain, reserving the bacon fat in the pan.
Take the slices of Brussels sprouts and, using your fingers, separate the layers into shreds. Place the Brussels sprouts shreds into the hot pan with the bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper. Stirring frequently, cook the Brussels until they are crisp-tender and bright green (5-10 minutes). In the last 3 minutes of cooking, add the bacon, onions and hazelnuts to the pan, tossing to combine. Taste to adjust seasoning. Serve promptly.
Note: If you prefer a little sweetness with your Brussels sprouts, a couple teaspoons of maple syrup or Alaska birch syrup would be a lovely addition toward the end of cooking.