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How to make it

  • In a heavy 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan set over medium- low heat, slowly cook the pancetta in 1 Tbs. of the oil until golden and crisp all over, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels, leaving the fat behind.
  • You should have about 2 Tbs. of fat in the pan; if not; add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil.
  • Have ready 1/2 cup water.
  • Put the pan over medium-high heat and arrange the sprouts cut side down in a single layer.
  • Cook undisturbed until nicely browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • When the sprouts are browned, add the water to the pan, cover immediately, and simmer until the sprouts are tender when poked with a fork or skewer, about 3 minutes.
  • (If the water evaporates before the sprouts get tender, add more water, 1/4 cup at a time.) With a slotted spoon, transfer the sprouts to a plate.
  • Return the pan to medium-high heat and if any water remains, let it boil off.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar and a few grinds of pepper.
  • Boil the vinegar until it’s reduced to about 2 Tbs. and looks lightly syrupy, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low, add the butter, and stir until melted.
  • Return the sprouts and pancetta to the pan and swirl and shake the pan to evenly coat the sprouts with the sauce.
  • Season to taste with salt and more pepper and serve.
  • From Fine Cooking Magazine.

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    " It was excellent "
    luisascatering ate it and said...
    Great recipe. My favorite way to eat them :-)
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    " It was excellent "
    paulasue1 ate it and said...
    NOTHING BETTER THAN GROWING YOUR OWN FRESH VEGETABLES. WE HAVE A REAL HARD TIME GROWING THINGS WHERE I LIVE. OUR SOIL HAS NO NUTRIENTS IN IT, BUT LOTS OF SALT. MOST THINGS WILL BURN OR THE RABBITS AND PRARIE DOGS WILL GET TO THEM BEFORE THE PLANT CAN MATURE. WE LOVE BRUSSEL SPROUTS. THIS IS A NEW AND TASTY WAY TO SERVE THEM. THANKS
    PAULA
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    Yummm!!! I can't think of a veggie dish that I would rather have at this moment. I love the taste of carmelized brussel sprouts. And the simple combo of pancetta and balsamic?? Nuff said.........;-)~~ Saving this in my permanent folder..... Jim
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Oooh, one of my fave veggies, too - and the balsamic and pancetta adds make this a perfect dish - with loads of flavor. Uhhh, Michael - could you whip this up and attach some to an email? I'd appreciate it much, dear. High 5 and thanks! :)
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Yummy recipe, Trigger! Love brussel sprouts and the vinegar and pancetta will really compliment the flavor!
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    " It was excellent "
    berry ate it and said...
    Wow... if I am right these are Italian flavors, I think that Italian food is delicious and very simple to prepare, Michael.
    You have wonderful recipes but you're like a chef Gourmet.
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  • chihuahua 5 years ago
    You are so fortunate to have fresh and organic brussell sprouts. Pancetta and the sprouts sound like a great combination. My husband always makes a face when I serve this particular vegetable, but I happen to love them. Thanks again for yet another fantastic recipe.

    Chichi
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  • binky67 5 years ago
    Yummy yum yum!!
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    Whoaaaaaaa you have been a BUSY little Chef today hahahaha this sounds Fantastic I love the balsamic vinegar !!!!!!!!!!!going in my file of Chef Michaels recipes hahahaha
    five plus

    HUGS TINK
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    " It was excellent "
    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    This could also be ED's wife's favorite preparation, michael! Can't wait to do this... five. Thanks!
    Lorraine
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    " It was excellent "
    angelinaw ate it and said...
    Yum!!! I love the flavor combinations! High five!
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    this sounds delicous a must try {I love brussell sprouts thanks trigger high5
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