Buttered sprouts with chestnuts & bacon in a smart serving dish

Brussels sprouts with bacon & chestnuts

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(16 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 thought to have been cultivated in…

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



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

  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then tip in 1 ¼ kg trimmed Brussels 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 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces, and gently fry for 10 mins until crisp and golden.

  3. Tip out of the pan, leaving the fat behind, then add 200g chestnuts and fry over a high heat for about 5 mins until tinged. Tip out of the pan.

  4. Add the Brussels 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.

  5. Uncover, turn up the heat, then add most of the 50g butter and sauté the sprouts for 2 mins more.

  6. 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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26th Dec, 2017
My husband said these were the best tasting brussels sprouts he's ever eaten and I must say they were delicious. Followed the recipe to the letter and we weren't disappointed. Will be making again.
29th Apr, 2014
Utterly delicious. Used fresh chestnuts, baked (with cross cut) for 15 mins in 220 oven.
30th Dec, 2011
Lovely recipe - made for last Christmas, demands for it again this year.
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28th Dec, 2011
Lovely side dish for christmas. Easy to do and family very impressed.
28th Dec, 2011
Ok but nothing special, I made the butter in advance, it looked good but didn't recieve any compliments.
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16th Dec, 2011
Great, even the children tried them.
16th Jan, 2011
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.
27th Dec, 2010
As lovely as this recipe is, I'm not sure you should have labelled it "Vegetarian"!!
18th Dec, 2010
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
26th Oct, 2010
Cooked these last Christmas and they went down so well! Had them requested for this year. Definately give them a go.


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