Maple Bacon Brussels, Pear and Feta Cheese Salad

It was lunch time and the chant I heard was “Please…please…no more turkey leftovers…”  Well, my man NEVER tires of brussel sprouts so…

So Dan and I had this for lunch today instead…

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Quick, incredibly easy to make, delicious and gone in ten minutes.  (P.S. I forgot to crumble the last bit of feta on top for the final photo)

(adapted from http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/11/maple-bacon-brussels-pear-and-blue-cheese-salad/)

Maple Bacon Brussels, Pear and Feta Cheese Salad

YIELD: SERVES 2 TO 4

TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES

ingredients:

4 to 8 sliced thick-cut bacon, chopped, (depending upon your fat tolerance)
1 pound brussel sprouts and sliced
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large ripe pear, thinly sliced
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

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directions:

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to remove any extra grease.

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Add the brussels to the bacon grease still in the skillet and stir to coat.

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Cook until the sprouts begin to soften, about 5 minutes, then stir in the maple syrup. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, stirring, then season with the salt and the pepper. Add the bacon back into the skillet and add half of the cheese, stirring to combine.

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Add the brussels to a plate or bowl and add the pear slices on top.

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Add a sprinkle of pepper if desired and crumble the remaining feta cheese over top.

(Try to remember to add the crumbled feta at the end, it makes this dish so much prettier and yummy…I forgot because I was so excited about diving into it)

P.S.  Need a dinner out of it, add some grilled chicken on top.

P.P.S.  Headed to my favorite source of brussel sprouts this afternoon…Bialas Farms.  They are having a mini-market and we’ll be selling our cheeses, including the feta used in this recipe.

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