Oven roasted brussel sprouts with crisp bacon added. See my OV GLOVE? If you don't have one...GET one!!! I cut up half a pound of bacon into small lengthwise pieces. Fry it up on medium/high heat, but here's the twist. This little hint makes frying bacon SO much easier, and almost no splattering this way. Put your bacon in the pan, and add about a cup or so of water to the pan. The bacon will bounce around in that hot water and bacon grease, frying up so much more evenly, more crisp, and without spitting and spattering all over the place. I still use a splatter screen, but it isn't necessary. Drain bacon on paper towels. I only used a small amount of this to top the brussel sprouts, and froze the rest for salads and other things.
Love the new blogger options with larger pics, but hate the new system for moving pics and text around! So, til I get that all figured out, my posts will not be in sequential order. Above...the gadget of the week picture, is my hand held lemon juicer. This baby gets more juice out of a lemon that any other method out there. Well worth the 15.00 bucks or so it costs at Sur la Table. Below lemons is photo of ingredients for this yummy Tuscan Chicken.
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
zest of one lemon
1-2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves of minced garlic
2 T minced fresh rosemary
1 tsp. course sea salt
1-2 T balsamic vinegar
Put chicken in ziplock bag. Add oil, and with bag closed, distribute to all pieces. Then add rest of ingredients to coat, EXCEPT balsamic vinegar.
Close bag and make sure spices coat chicken well.
Put chicken in 400 degree oven on a short sided baking sheet. Bake 30 min. Then pull out sheet, and drizzle balsamic vinegar on chicken and turn oven up to 450 and bake additional 10 minutes. Remove chicken, cover and let rest.
I put my veggies in oven for last 15 min. of bake time. I like the leaves on the sprouts to get brown and crispy. For them, I lightly drizzled olive oil, then sprinkled sea salt and cracked pepper, toss and bake. I served this with white jasmine rice. A definite triple star for the chicken!