Cheese and Panchetta Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts seem to be one of those vegetables that you either love or hate. But for those who are on the fence about the cruciferous vegetable, this recipe is sure to change your mind. Brussel sprouts can be prepared in a wide variety of ways and the more food ideas and brussel sprout recipes you know the better. This cheese and pancetta brussel sprout food idea might just be the best one you try. This cheesy, creamy baked gratin filled food idea with caramelized shallots, bits of pancetta, and Brussels sprouts, is sure to be a new favorite side dish recipe. The recipe is easy to make; you start by blanching the Brussels sprouts by heating a large pot of salted water over high heat to boiling. Then blanch the halved Brussels sprouts for about two to three minutes or until just barely tender. Remove the Brussel sprouts from the pot immediately, drain and place into ice water to stop the cooking process. Make sure to drain the Brussel sprouts very well and set aside. Place the diced pancetta into a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook until the fat from the pancetta is rendered. Then remove the pancetta from the skillet with a slotted spoon, set aside, and remove all but a bit of the rendered fat from the skillet. Place into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the recipe is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it sit for ten minutes before serving. For the full step by step recipe for this Brussel Sprout food idea, you will want to take a look at the For the Love of Cooking site.

Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous category of vegetables, which also includes broccoli and cabbage. This healthy group of vegetables offers a unique composition of helpful antioxidants that promote good health. Additionally, brussels sprouts are also low in calories, while offering vitamins and minerals and protein to support a healthy body. Calories, Fat and Protein. In a half cup of boiled, unsalted brussels sprouts, you will get just about 28 calories and only trace amounts of fat. Eating Brussels sprouts as a side dish food idea, instead of a higher calorie food, can help you manage your weight. Brussels sprouts provide about two gram of protein per half cup.

Eating Brussel sprouts is a good way to get a serving of healthy vegetables into your day. Brussels sprouts can provide you with 20 essential vitamins and minerals. A serving of Brussel sprouts provides you with vitamin C, which is an antioxidant, and vitamin A, which is a vitamin that helps to support healthy eyesight. Brussels sprouts provide more than a day’s worth of vitamin K for men and about 91 percent of the daily value required for women. Vitamin K is a vitamin that is intrinsic to the blood’s ability to clot and may also help strengthen your bones. Brussel sprouts also contain folate which helps to bolster red blood cell health and is important to pregnant women as it helps them to prevent specific neural tube defects. Brussel sprouts also contain a rich source of potassium per serving, which can help regulate your blood pressure along with fluid balance. Brussels sprouts are also a source of vitamin E, along with most of the B complex of vitamins, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, copper, calcium, manganese and selenium.

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