I side with Brussels

No this isn’t a post about my positions on Belgian politics. I have a separate blog called Waffle Watch for that 🙂 Instead, I thought I’d share a Foodie Friday post early. I know that most of us will have a bunch of leftover turkey after Thanksgiving tomorrow and will need to find a good side to pair it with. A bunch of bird, multiple days in a row, gets old fast unless you can throw in some variety with it.

This recipe includes the single greatest defense for eating keto, BACON! No I’m not talking about paper thin slices of bacon like you’d get with a free hotel breakfast. I’m talking about thick sliced bacon, smoked with hardwoods and sold in a slab.

The recipe works best with a cast iron skillet like I shared in Smacked with a Cast Iron Skillet (or two). You can also use it for a separate football day side from earlier post, Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip – NFL and Keto Approved.

You can pick up brussels sprouts already shaved in a 10 ounce bag from Trader Joe’s. (Free shout out for employing my baby girl!) I also added some sriracha mayo to kick it up a bit. You can go with chipotle mayo or any other sauce you like for finishing. Something a little sweet and spicy but without a lot of carbs tends to pair well with the smoky flavor of this dish.

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your bird of many returns!

Simple Shaved Brussel Sprouts Side


1 10 oz. bag Shaved Brussels Sprouts

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

3 slices Thick Cut Bacon, chopped

1/3 cup Water

Salt and Pepper to taste

Sriracha Mayo (for finishing – not required)


Large Oven Safe Skillet (cast iron or stainless steel) if you like some char on your sprouts, otherwise any pan will do.


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chopped bacon to skillet and cook until bacon starts browning, approx. 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add sprouts and saute until they start crisping up or browning.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in water and cover for another 3-5 minutes. This will help soften the thicker inner portions of the sprouts.
  5. Turn on the oven broiler and toss the whole skillet in (assuming it’s oven safe) if you like your sprouts lightly charred.
  6. Carefully remove from oven with silicone handle or mitt.
  7. Finish with some sriracha mayo to taste. This can be done in the pan or on the plate depending on how the rest of your family likes it.

For more Keto-friendly recipes, click the Foodie Friday link.

Thanks so much for giving my blog a read. Feel free to send a note, submit a comment and share with a friend. I’d love to hear how you dress up your holiday leftovers below!

Photo by Keenan Loo on Unsplash

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