Brussels sprouts with bacon give this traditional Christmas side dish extra saltiness and even if you're not sure about Brussels sprouts, you'll love this! Brussels sprouts with bacon are a Christmas favourite and you really can’t leave them off your Christmas lunch menu! They’re both salty and zingy from the lemon and they couldn’t be easier to make. They only take 30 minutes to make which is ideal, as this leaves you plenty of time to get on with the more demanding Christmas day tasks. This Brussels sprouts with bacon recipe will appeal to everyone, even those that aren’t a massive fan of this green veg. If not prepared correctly, Brussels sprouts can be unpleasant, so getting them right is so important. This recipe really is foolproof and the addition of bacon is always a hit. Dish them up with the rest of your Christmas lunch and all the trimmings. This recipe serves 8 people which means there will be enough to go around for a group, but if you’re expecting more people, you can easily upscale the ingredients to cater for everyone. If you’ve got any the next day you can easily reheat them, but there’s nothing worse than not having enough!
- 750g Brussels sprouts, peeled if necessary
- 125g pancetta cubetti, or bacon, chopped
- Squeeze lemon juice
- 25g butter
Steam the sprouts until tender – around 10 minutes. Meanwhile, put the pancetta into a frying pan and fry until it turns crispy. Leave the pancetta in the pan.
Once the sprouts are cooked, toss them in the pan with the pancetta and,over a high heat, add the lemon juice and butter and stir until the butter has melted. Put the sprouts and pancetta into a warmed serving dish.