Wednesday, April 10, 2013


3 gold beets
3 cups water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 pieces all natural pork bacon
2 large burdock root
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
about 1 lb brussels sprouts, or 1 large stalk’s worth, trimmed and halved
1/2 small radicchio, cored, quartered and sliced

Start by trimming the beets and placing in a pot with the 3 cups of water. bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. when finished, drain, reserving the liquid, and setting the beets aside. Once at room temperature peel off and discard the skins.

Heat butter in a large saute pan, and cook the bacon until just crispy – about 2 to 3 minutes a side over medium heat. While the bacon is cooking, peel the burdock root and chop into small pieces. once the bacon is cooked, remove from the pan and set aside to cool.

With the heat still on medium, add the chopped burdock root to the pan with bacon grease and cook for about 3 minutes or until sides become slightly brown. Add the beet-water and brussels sprouts (cut-side down) with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then cover and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove cover, flip the brussels sprouts, stir, then cover again and cook 5 more minutes.

Meanwhile, place the sliced radicchio in a large bowl. Cube the peeled beets and add to the bowl. slice the bacon and add that to the bowl as well.

Remove the cover from the saute pan, flip sprouts once again, and cook (uncovered) for 5 minutes. By this time all the liquid should be absorbed. Click off the heat, and add the sprouts and burdock root to the bacon, beet, and radicchio mix. Toss well, adding salt and pepper to taste.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Meg Clark, moderncity, December 19, 2012

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