our valentine’s day (+ a recipe for brussels sprouts with pancetta + garlic)

by Amy on 17 February 2011

as i mentioned last week, we pretty much spend each valentine’s day the same way. we forgo dining out at restaurant (it’s just so crazy on valentine’s day) + opt to cook dinner at home instead. this valentine’s day we kept with that tradition! first, i came home to some beautiful springy tulips from my valentine.

after enjoying a glass of red wine, we got ready for dinner – we seasoned filet mignon, chopped up potatoes, carrots, + parnsips, prepped brussels sprouts, + minced bacon, herbs + garlic.

after some oven-roasting, baking, + grilling, here’s the result! peppercorn-crusted filet mignon (cooked to a perfect medium, just the way i like it), rosemary + thyme oven-roasted root vegetables, + roasted brussels sprouts with garlic + pancetta (recipe below). everything was absolutely amazing.

now, on to the recipe! there are many differing opinions about brussels sprouts. some people adore them, some can’t stand ’em, + some are indifferent. personally, i love brussels sprouts, although i have certainly had some less-than-great version of them. this, however, is the tastiest brussels sprouts recipe i have ever tried – the pancetta/bacon + garlic vibe wonderfully with the brussels sprouts. if you still haven’t found the perfect brussels sprouts recipe for you, give this one a try!

roasted brussels sprouts with garlic + pancetta

makes about four servings, adapted from gourmet


1 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed + halved (quartered if large)
2 oz pancetta, visible fat discarded + pancetta minced (or you can substitute bacon, which i did here)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water


preheat oven to 450 degrees.
toss together brussels sprouts, pancetta (or bacon), garlic, oil, salt + pepper to taste in an 11- by 7-inch baking pan + spread in one layer.

roast in upper third of oven, stirring once halfway through roasting, until sprouts are brown on edges + tender, about 25 minutes total. stir in water, scraping up brown bits. serve warm.

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1 Sarah February 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

I love brussels sprouts, too and your recipe looks delicious. So glad that you had a wonderful dinner and valentine’s day. :)

2 amy February 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

thanks, girl! hope you had a great valentine’s day too.

3 jessica February 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I’m someone who loves brussels sprouts, too! Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.

4 amy February 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm

yay, another for team brussels sprouts! =) let me know what you think if / when you make ’em.

5 Terri February 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

your dinner looks so delicious, especially that peppercorn crusted steak. wow! i like brussel sprouts too and make a recipe similar to this one. delish! hope you had a great Valentines Day!

6 amy February 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

thank you! i really love a peppercorn crust on a filet. such a wonderful flavor + so easy to do. + i’m glad to see we have another brussels sprouts fan on board. =)

7 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) February 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

Your meal sounds good…I never can cook steak right for some reason! I want to love brussels sprouts, and your recipe could convert me!! We normally go out for Valentine’s, but we decided to bypass the noisy crowds and cook at home. I made garlic-seared shrimp, French Laundry risotto, and salad. Michael brought cheesecake for dessert, and I picked up choc-dipped strawberries. The only thing that compared to the food? Eating in our jammies!

8 amy February 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

ooh, your meal sounds delicious, especially that french laundry risotto! it took us a while to perfect the cooking of steak, but we finally have it down pat. we normally grill it, although pan-searing + finishing it off in the oven works beautifully, too. i’m so glad you + Michael had a great Valentine’s Day meal – it sounds just wonderful. =)

9 ErinsFoodFiles February 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Looks delicious! And looks like yall had a great Valentine’s Day!

10 amy February 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

we tried to make it special since by next valentine’s day, we’ll be married! we wanted to have our last ‘unmarried’ valentine’s day be memorable. =) hope your lobster tails turned out amazingly, especially since you’re in the same boat!

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