This brussels sprouts pumpkin and apple hash is bursting with fall flavor. It’s the perfect side or serve it up as a meal with an egg on top!
I used to get occasional insomnia in high school and college. It would come randomly in bursts but once it hit me, it’d get me good for a few days. It’s like the second you can’t sleep all you can think about is how you can’t sleep, how many hours of sleep you’d get if you fell asleep RIGHT then and the mental math would continue every 15 minutes as you checked the clock until you worked yourself up into a full on panic and then finally fall asleep right as the sun was rising for a solid 2 hour snooze. Rinse and repeat the next day.
That’s exactly how I feel right now with writer’s block. It hit me about a week ago and I’ve literally sat here with the screen open for at least an hour on every single post since, willing the words to come to me.
Funny enough, I’ve been going back through old posts, a handful a day or so, doing some minor edits, deleting smiley faces (cringe, I can’t believe how many I used), making sure links work, etc. and of course reading whatever nonsense I wrote that day. And just like the sleep thing, reading old stuff is just making me fixate on how my brain is refusing to cooperate when it comes to new content and exacerbating the situation.
So I’m hoping this little bout of mental blankness leaves soon but until then, let’s just talk about the recipe.
This hash (or saute, or salad, or pile of yum, I couldn’t decide what to call it) is pretty much fall on a plate. For once, I actually bought a real pumpkin to cook with (instead of a can of puree for twice the price) and decided it needed to be all chopped up and acquainted with some brussels sprouts, apples, cranberries and sage. These are it’s people.
It can be a side dish, a main course (add some sausage or an egg on top) or, just eaten as is. The earthy vegetable taste of the brussels sprouts is offset by the sweetness of the pumpkin. The apples are a combination of tart and sweet. The bacon adds some salt. And the whole thing is tossed in tangy Nakano balsamic rice vinegar and topped with fresh sage.
Now if only it had writer’s block curing abilities, I’d call it the perfect dish.
- 2 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 2 cups chopped pumpkin (or butternut squash)
- 1 pound brussels sprouts, ends chopped and outer leaves removed, sliced
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups chopped apples
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon chopped sage
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Nakano balsamic blend seasoned rice vinegar
- Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Place bacon in the skillet and cook until crispy, set aside leaving grease in the pan.
- Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the bacon grease and add the shallot to the skillet. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add the brussels sprouts and pumpkin, season with salt and pepper, stir and let cook for 7-10 minutes until softened and starting to brown on the bottom. Toss and cook another 3 minutes.
- Add the apples, cranberries and sage, mix and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Turn the heat off, add the vinegar and toss to combine.
- Crumble the cooked bacon on top and serve.
*This post is sponsored by Nakano as part of my ongoing brand ambassadorship with them. All opinions, content and photography are my own.