Bacon ‘N’ Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts… the vegetable that so many hate, yet they still appear on most tables over the festive period. Now I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the plain boiled sprout. I mean I would eat boiled sprouts out of sheer politeness, but I’d be lying if I said I enjoy them. I’m sorry to all the sprout lovers that I am bound to offend, but I’m afraid to say that plain boiled sprouts are just well, plain boring!

Year after year I watched bags of sprouts get cooked and then not eaten, until one Christmas I suggested we try something new. Still keeping a small pan of regular boiled sprouts for the hardcore fans out there, I took the rest of the bag and made them into a new favourite of mine. Now if someone had of told me a few years ago that bacon and sprouts would be a favourite Christmas dish of mine I wouldn’t have believed them, but it really is amazing how different an ingredient can taste with just a little bit of extra help.

Why not give it a go this Christmas? Maybe even mix it up a bit! Try pancetta or salami instead of smoked bacon? Or throw some sliced chilli in for a bit of heat? Whatever takes your fancy… Enjoy!

Bacon 'N' Sprouts

Ingredients:

(Serves 4-6)

500g of fresh brussel sprouts, trimmed and some halved
200g of smoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped
3-4 tablespoons of clear honey
Olive oil
75g unsalted butter
Salt for seasoning

Method:

  1. Heat around a tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over a high heat and fry the bacon until it begins to turn golden and crispy.
  2. Throw in the butter and let it begin to melt down before throwing in all your sprouts. Fry over a high heat for a few minutes to slightly brown the sprouts and then turn the heat down to low.
  3. Gently fry the sprouts for a further 20 minutes stirring every so often, or until they begin to break up a bit, and then add in the honey. Mix well and allow to cook for a further 5 minutes over the same heat.
  4. Season with salt and serve alongside your roast turkey! Merry Christmas!

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