This Gordon Ramsay’s Brussels sprouts with pancetta recipe is a winner. No Christmas dinner is complete without sprouts, even the kids will approve! Taking only 30 mins to make, these Brussels sprouts are flavoured with pancetta and chestnuts making them extra festive. Serving 10 people, these Brussels are a must-have on the Christmas dinner table. The salted pancetta in this recipe really brings out the flavour of the Brussels making them extra tasty and moreish. Drizzle in oil and bejewel with chestnuts before serving. Your guests won’t be able to resist come dinner time! If you’re making these sprouts on Christmas Day make sure you make too many so you have cold leftovers for Boxing Day. Mash them up with an egg or two and fry on an oiled pan for Brussels with pancetta bubble and squeak.
- 1kg Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1–2 tsp olive oil
- 200g pancetta, cut into lardons
- 200g vacuum-packed chestnuts
- 2 lemons
Trim the base of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half lengthways. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add the sprouts and blanch for 2–3 minutes, then drain well.
Heat the olive oil in a wide frying pan and fry the pancetta for a few minutes until golden and crisp. Toss in the sprouts and cook for 2–3 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Roughly chop the chestnuts and add them to the pan. Grate the lemon zest over the sprouts and chestnuts and squeeze over a little juice. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Transfer to a warmed serving dish.
Take out the chesnuts if you're feeding small children, they're a slight choking hazard for little ones!