Sprouts with bacon and chestnuts

These spectacular sprouts can be served as a side dish or a simple salad.

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time8 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
1kg small, very fresh sprouts
100g diced pancetta
225g vacuum packed chestnuts
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
1) Prepare the sprouts by cutting each in half.

2) Heat a large pan of salted water to boiling point and cook the sprouts for 2–3 minutes from the point the water returns to the boil. They should be bright green and still very slightly crisp.

3) Drain well, then place into a bowl of iced water for up to two hours before needed.

4) In a wok or frying pan fry the pancetta until crisp, add the slightly broken chestnuts and cook for 1–2 minutes, then remove from the pan and set aside.

5) Add the very well drained sprouts to the heated wok and stir fry for 2–3 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Return the chestnuts and bacon to the pan stir well and then serve.

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