Brussels sprouts with chestnut bacon butter

Brussels sprouts with chestnut bacon butter

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 8
The perfect recipe to make Brussels sprouts irresistible (trust us)

Nutrition and extra info

  • Only butter can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal241
  • fat20g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre6g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.72g


  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, cut into pieces
  • 100g vac-pack chestnut, chopped



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  • 140g butter, at room temperature



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  • 1kg small Brussels sprout, trimmed of outer leaves
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  1. Fry bacon in a hot pan without any oil for 10 mins until crisp. Add chestnuts and fry until they are beginning to colour and coated in the fat. Pour away excess fat, then tip bacon and chestnuts into a bowl to cool.

  2. Beat butter to soften with a spatula, then stir in the bacon and chestnuts. Season with black pepper, then store in fridge. This can be made up to 3 days ahead or frozen for 1 month. Defrost in fridge overnight.

  3. To serve, place sprouts in a microwaveable bowl, pour in 100ml water, cover with cling film and pierce a few times. Microwave on High (850W) for 16-18 mins, stirring twice during cooking, or cook in a pan of boiling water for 5 mins. Drain and tip into a warm serving dish, then dot the butter over to melt. Toss through and serve.

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30th Dec, 2014
Delicious way to do sprouts and easy because you can make the butter in advance. Actually did ours with Pure margarine because we needed to have a dairy free Christmas dinner but it worked perfectly and nobody noticed the difference!
23rd Dec, 2013
This is amazing - we have made it 7 years in a row.
2nd Jan, 2013
Very yummy and easy
22nd Jan, 2012
I hate Brussels sprouts but everyone has them at Christmas so used this receipe Christmas & they were really nice even my 4 & 3 yr old loved them
20th Dec, 2011
made this for the first time last christmas and it's taking pride of place again this year - absolutely lovely and a change from the norm!
22nd Dec, 2010
I've always loved brussels, so anorher way to enjoy them will be fine by me
19th Nov, 2009
Made this last Christmas & it was a big hit & was told they were gorgeous by my partner, normally a sprout hater! Will def make it again this year
9th Jan, 2008
This will definitely be on the table next Christmas!! I was really pleased with the result and prepared and froze it in advance so it saved work in Christmas week.
1st Jan, 2008
What a fantastic recipe for sprouts! A real hit with my family - i wont be waiting for Xmas to cook this again.
17th Dec, 2007
I made this last year, along with the carmalised carrots and have been asked to repeat the same menu this year - enough said!
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