Brussels sprouts with pancetta

Brussels sprouts with pancetta

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Ready in about 10 minutes


Serves 6
Spruce up your sprouts this Christmas - Gordon Ramsay's recipe creates a really rich flavour

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  • 1kg Brussels sprouts
    Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts

    bruss-ell spr-ow-t

    The quintessential Christmas dinner veg, Brussels sprouts are throught to have been cultivated…

  • 100g thinly sliced pancetta, cut into 2cm strips



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • about 4 tbsp hot goose fat
  • a handful of shredded sage



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…


  1. Blanch the Brussels sprouts in a pan of boiling salted water for 3 mins, then drain and tip into a bowl of iced water to cool quickly. Drain well again and set aside until nearly ready to serve. Sauté the pancetta in the hot goose fat until crisp. Toss in the sprouts and stir-fry for 2-3 mins, adding the sage to serve.

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Comments (28)

lizleicester's picture

I took the advice of previous comments and cooked the sprouts for a bit longer than 3 minutes although they were still al dente. Not a v exciting way to do sprouts but OK.

cweir1984's picture

Love these sprouts! For extra flavour, try boiling the sprouts in chicken stock! its yum!
And I prefer to cook them in the pancetta/fat for a bit longer to get a little crispy on the outside

verastonehouse's picture

I made this last year and will do again for xmas, it all depends on the size of your sprouts as to how long you cook them, i will add some pine nuts to bacon and some garlic, i never stick to a recipe you have to play around.

wenvoeguy's picture

The sprouts were almost raw after 4 minutes - they were from Waitrose so were of a good size but frankly this is a lousy recipe - I realised that they were underdone and thought the stir fry would soften them - but no - they were virtually raw. I can eat and enjoy them like that but my family left them on the plate - null point! Does no one monitor this site and adjust the recipes that fail? Happy Christmas to all my readers.

johngregson's picture

I am going to use ELPOCHO lard, instead of goose fat.
This basically pork lard/fat.
The pancheta which is belly pork will be sourced from my local butcher in Spain.
I can taste it already...mmm

marijas's picture

Great idea, not so great outcome as our sprouts were practically raw. So word of warning, if your sprouts are on the largish size, they need much more than 3 mins of blanching.

autofac's picture

Added a little ginger and chilli to the stir fry.......fabulous

ashleyhouston71's picture

did these on xmas day, my sprouts were slightly bigger so i boiled them for another few minutes& they turned out perfectly, even my brother liked them& he doesnt like much, thanks!

gallyb's picture

Really disappointed with these. Followed the recipe to the letter but far too crunchy and lacking the flavour promised.

yampyuk's picture

Best ever tasty sprouts would recommend.

loui114's picture

quick easy and very very tasty

dazbeck63's picture

for all those sprout haters try these u will be suprised there ab fab

kristychase's picture

This made a wonderful breakfast all by itself.

marianadiogo's picture

I make these all the time... simply amazing and so simple!

bridinb's picture

Made these brussels sprouts yesterday and they were really delicious. I added some chopped chestnuts too when I was frying the pancetta and I thought it was lovely, wasn't sure how the goosefat would taste with them but it added a nice flavour. Even my husband loved the sprouts this year and he is not normally a fan!

bubsmkd's picture

I would love to try this recipe, but don't want to use pancetta or any pork based products. What can I use as a substitute?

gervais's picture

really liked this and have made it many times the best way to eat sprouts!

danielhemsley's picture

looks and sounds good more good reports than bad i will be trying this out at christmas

cakeanyone's picture

Disappointing. Not nearly as flavoursome as I would've expected. Won't bother with this recipe again.

rubberbandrobmeister's picture

Very tasty gorgeous.


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ronmanager's picture

You'll have to blanche/boil the sprouts for longer than 3 minutes, probably double that. They'll be hard and taste unpleasant and the extra 3 minutes stir frying won't make much difference.