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This recipe is featured in the 2016 Milk Calendar. Sprout some joy with this ideal dinner side dish. It’s perfect for entertaining and just as appropriate mid-week.

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Photo of Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon


  • Large frying pan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Whisk
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife


  • 3 slices bacon, sliced into ½-inch (1 cm) pieces
  • 1 1/4 lb (575 g) Brussels sprouts, stems and leaves trimmed, then cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Milk
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Shaved Canadian Parmesan for serving (optional)


  1. Cook bacon in a large frying pan over medium heat until crisp, about 5 min. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a large bowl.
  2. Discard all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) fat from pan. Add Brussels sprouts and stir-fry until some are a deep golden colour, about 3 min. Add ½ cup (125 mL) water. Stir and continue to cook Brussels sprouts, stirring occasionally until tender but not mushy, about 5 min. Add Brussels sprouts to bacon, using a slotted spoon if any water remains in pan.
  3. Wash frying pan. Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook about 1 min. Sprinkle with flour and salt; whisk about 1 min. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Whisk for 2 to 3 min until smooth and thickened.
  4. Return Brussels sprouts and bacon to pan, stir until hot, about 1 min. Season with pepper. Serve with Parmesan, if using.

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