|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
- 8-10 slices bacon play into fall and use applewood bacon if you dare
- 3 cups brussel sprouts trimmed and halved
- 1/2 butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 cups mushrooms baby portobello are my favorite; but any kind will work
- 1 purple (red) onion cut into chunks
- 2 garlic cloves diced
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 Tsp bacon grease used to sauté veggies
- 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) optional to garnish veggies
- This is by far one of my favorite fall side dishes, and so festive to make. Lets start out by placing a large skillet over medium heat. We are going to cook our bacon and set it aside.
- While your bacon is cooking, lets prep our veggies. Trim back the outer brussel sprout leaves and then cut in half. Half a butternut squash, peel the outside skin, and scoop the seeds from the center with a spoon. Cut the squash into cubes (***TIP: you can always buy butternut squash peeled and seeded at the grocery store to save time). Wipe the mushroom caps off with a damp paper towel and then half. Peel and dice you garlic. Finally, cut your onion into wedges to give you about 1 inch pieces of onion.
- Now that your veggies are prepped and I'm sure bacon has cooked; use the same pan to sauté the veggies. Remove all bacon grease except 3 Tablespoons. Add brussel sprouts and butternut squash to the pan.
- Season your sprouts and squash with nutmeg, salt, and pepper (a good pinch of salt and pepper throughout this recipe is what I use to season veggies). Sauté for about 8-10 minutes or until the squash is fork tender. Once fork tender remove veggies and place in a separate bowl.
- To the sauté pan add mushrooms and onions. If the pan seems a little dry add a tab of butter or drizzle two T of olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the shrooms and onions, and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until mushrooms are browned and onions are tender.
- When the mushrooms are done stir in an additional pinch of salt and pepper along with the minced garlic. Stir and combine everything well.
- Add mushroom mixture to squash mixture. Dice up your bacon; add that to the veggie mixture. Top the veggies with pumpkin seeds to add extra flavor. There you have it, the perfect fall side dish.
- This is a great side dish with chicken or pork. It isn't fancy but brings a ton of fresh flavor to your table!! Enjoy!!!
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