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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnuts ~ Serves 4
Preparation time 10 mins ~ Cooking time 27 mins

The ultimate recipe for crispy, pan-fried sprouts with bacon and chestnuts.

Ingredients
1 kg Brussels sprouts, trimmed
6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
200 g vacuum-packed chestnuts
1 pinch each of salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then tip in the trimmed Brussels sprouts.
Once back to the boil, cook for 5 mins. Drain, run under the cold tap until cold, then drain again.
Heat a large frying pan, add the chopped 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.
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.
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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Our families favorite sprout recipe is. The sprouts are fried in the bacon grease, then the bacon is added back in and the final touch is I pour maple syrup over them. When they are served, the bowl always ends up empty.
 
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