Buttered sprouts with chestnuts & bacon

Buttered sprouts with chestnuts & bacon

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 8
A classic Christmas combination - and it counts as 2 of your 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal196
  • fat12g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.61g
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  • 1¼kg Brussels sprouts, trimmed (or if buying pre-trimmed, buy 1 kg)
    Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts

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

  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces (or use more, if you like)
  • 200g vacuum-packed chestnut



    'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then tip in the sprouts. Once back to the boil, cook for 5 mins. Drain, run under the cold tap until cold, then drain again.

  2. Heat a large frying pan, add the bacon and gently fry for 10 mins until crisp and golden. Tip out of the pan, leaving the fat behind, then add the chestnuts and fry over a high heat for about 5 mins until tinged. Tip out of the pan.

  3. Add the sprouts to the pan with a splash of water, then cover and finish cooking over a medium heat for about 5 mins, stirring now and again, until just tender. Uncover, turn up the heat, then add most of the butter and sauté the sprouts for 2 mins more. Tip in the bacon and chestnuts, season generously with salt and pepper, then serve with the last knob of butter on top.

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Comments (10)

ishouldbeeating's picture

Utterly delicious. Used fresh chestnuts, baked (with cross cut) for 15 mins in 220 oven.

fayemk86's picture

Lovely recipe - made for last Christmas, demands for it again this year.

karinabeecham's picture

Lovely side dish for christmas. Easy to do and family very impressed.

spongemaker1's picture

Ok but nothing special, I made the butter in advance, it looked good but didn't recieve any compliments.

MFJB's picture

Great, even the children tried them.

smokeybromage's picture

I don't usually like sprouts, but these were lovely! We're veggie so we left out the bacon, and we steamed the sprouts rather than boil them.

lisah60's picture

As lovely as this recipe is, I'm not sure you should have labelled it "Vegetarian"!!

hellyg30's picture

I made these last year, I normally hate sprouts but they were requested by family members. They went down really well and even I enjoyed them! Will be using this recipe again this year

fi_arnold's picture

Cooked these last Christmas and they went down so well! Had them requested for this year. Definately give them a go.

paulcresswell's picture


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