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Roasted sprouts with bacon

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. 

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  •  250g smoked or pale dry cure streaky bacon
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 180g cooked chestnuts (optional)

Method

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.

 
for even more festive flare, why not add some chestnuts!
chestnut can be bought in most supermarkets in vacuum packed bags and in the recipe can be added in step 2