Roasted sprouts with bacon
Lets be honest, no one likes bitter, mushy sprouts! This is a simple way to prepare them that might even convert a sprout hater or two! After all isn't everything better with bacon?
Adding the chestnuts gives this dish a real festive boost but it is just as delicious without if you can't find them.
- 1 kg Brussels sprouts, trimmed
- 250g smoked or pale dry cure streaky bacon
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 180g cooked chestnuts (optional)
Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the sprouts and cook for 5 mins. Drain and refresh in cold water.
Toss the sprouts with all the other ingredients in a bowl and season with a pinch of salt and a good grinding of black pepper. Tip onto a large baking tray in a single layer. Put in the oven and roast for 30 mins, tossing halfway through, until the bacon is crispy and the sprouts are golden and tender.