This is a terrifically tasty side dish to serve when you want warming up in autumn or winter. It’s also a way of getting people – be they friends or family – who don’t much like Brussels sprouts – which get their name as they were first grown, on a large scale, in Belgium – to eat them as, cooked and served this way, with chestnuts and bacon, they taste a whole lot better than some people find them served on their own!
- 320g frozen button Brussels sprouts
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 100g rindless back bacon, cut into strips
- 200g pkt cooked, peeled and ready to use whole chestnuts
- freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the sprouts for 3-5 mins until just tender. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the bacon strips until crispy (this takes about 5 mins). Add the chestnuts with the drained sprouts (be careful as they will splatter at first) and stir fry for 3-5 mins until the sprouts are tender and the chestnuts are heated through. Season with pepper and serve.
There’s no need to add salt to this dish as the bacon will make it salty enough.