1 pound Brussel sprouts
1 garlic clove cut into slivers
2 tablespoons chives finely chopped
1/4 pound slab bacon
1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons creme fraiche or heavy cream
bunch of mache or tatsoi
Blanch Brussel sprouts for 4-5 minutes in boiling salted water. Refresh in cold water to keep the color. Cut the bacon slab into 1/4 slice then slice again into 1/4 pieces. Saute bacon in 1 tablespoon olive oil till light browned. Reserve half the bacon for garnish...
Cut the Brussel sprouts in half, then add the cut Brussel sprouts flat side down to the bacon fat. Cook till light browned, then add the garlic slivers and cook another 30 seconds.
For the sauce: Add 1/2 the bacon, shallots, and saute in 1 tablespoon butter. Add the chicken stock and mustard. Whisk in cream and reduce till desired consistency is reached. Add mache (leaving some for garnish) and cook till just barely wilted.
Reheat the Brussel sprouts with mache and 1/2 bacon. Pour over sauce and garnish with additional bacon, mache and chives.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Greenmarket Recipes