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Brussels Sprouts & 'Bacon' Gratin

Love them or hate them Brussels sprouts are often served at Christmas or with a roast dinner. Personally I love them with a bit of gravy but I wanted to create a recipe to make them more appealing to everyone. With a creamy, smoky sauce and strips of vegan bacon this is really tasty and should convert any sprout haters. When I was eating this dish I loved the fact that it is cruelty free, zero cholesterol, much lower in fat than a dairy version and yet has all the taste of a non vegan version. Almost guilt free.

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: bacon gratin, brussels sprouts, gratin, vegan gratin

Ingredients

  • 450 g Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 250 ml soya cream or oat/coconut cream
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch of sea/pink salt
  • season with black pepper
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 20 g vegan cheese grated (+ extra to go on top)
  • 2 strips of vegan bacon sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200ºC/392ºF
    Method
    Place the sprouts in a saucepan and cover with just boiled water. Simmer for 5 minutes then drain and leave to one side. In a large frying pan on a medium heat add 1 tbsp of oil and stir in the onions. Fry gently for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Add the garlic and bacon and stir. You want to give the bacon a slight crisp to add to the end flavour and texture. Now pour in the cream and add nutritional yeast, paprika, pepper and salt. Turn up the heat and stir until it simmers. Simmer for 3-4 minutes then add the cheese. A quick stir and it's time for the sprouts. Cover the sprouts in the sauce then pour into an oven dish. Top with a little more of the cheese then bake for 15 minutes. You want the dish to be bubbling and the cheese melted. Great served as a side dish with a roast or Christmas dinner. Enjoy!

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Notes

TIP: I used a bag of 500g sprouts and once trimmed the weight was approx 450g. If you struggle to get hold of vegan bacon (I get mine online) then you can use Quorn ham or Tofurkey smoked ham deli slices.