Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Pancetta

I know there are plenty of Brussels sprouts haters out there, but seriously this veggie deserves one more chance. Not to mention their fantastic health benefits, like cholesterol-lowering ability, anti-inflammatory support, cancer-protective substances, etc., they don't taste bad. Ok, I agree that they don't taste heavenly like chocolate, but they are great just like many other vegetables. Don't overcook them or they will smell stinky and taste bitter. It's better to serve them while they are still slightly crunchy.
Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food

  • 400 g Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 120 g Pancetta, diced
  • 200 g Cooked chestnuts, broken into large pieces
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 200 ml Vegetable stock
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the Brussels sprouts for 3 minutes until they are starting to soften slightly. Remove and drain.
  2. Heat a frying pan and fry the pancetta until crisp, then remove and set aside. Add the chestnuts and sugar, tossing in the pan, then pour in the vegetable stock and reduce by half.
  3. Add in Brussels sprouts and pancetta back to the pan. Stir to combine. Transfer to a plate and serve warm.


Devaki 11/2/11 17:04

This has ALL my absolute fave ingredients, Angie. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

☺lani☺ 11/2/11 17:06

I agree! it looks tasty! Happy weekend ahead Angie!

Anncoo 11/2/11 17:22

I love Brussel sprouts and I can eat that whole plate by myself ;D Looks so delicious.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 11/2/11 17:24

My favorite combo!



Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow 11/2/11 18:01

I am definitely a brussels lover! But, anyone can see that those look incredible!

Faith 11/2/11 18:15

Beautiful dish of brussels sprouts! I really love the addition of chesnut!

Gulmohar 11/2/11 18:35

Love brussels sprout and this sure is a delectable combo

Carol 11/2/11 18:52

No sprouts haters in my house, we love them! Great idea with the chestnuts and pancetta, delicious combo!

Belinda @zomppa 11/2/11 18:58

You make even the notorious brussel sprout look dashing.

Cake Duchess 11/2/11 18:58

I love pancetta and I really like it with brussel sprouts. This must've been delicious:)

Priya 11/2/11 20:01

Beatiful dish, love the addition of chestnuts and pancetta...lovely!

aipi 11/2/11 20:13

it looks yummy n very fresh!!

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Chef E 11/2/11 21:21

Just catching up on your last three posts, delish as usual! I love brussel sprouts, always have...used to think cheese complimented them, until I had pork products...leave the cheese for crackers and give me this dish!

Kate @ 11/2/11 21:37

Ah that has to be so good! I love that you used pancetta... delicious!

Claudia 11/2/11 21:43

Love brussel sprouts, love chestnuts, love pancetta... you can see where I'm going with this. Heavenly.

Kumi 11/2/11 21:46

Oh, I LOVE brussel sprouts... in fact, I just bought some this week. What a great timing that you posted this recipe! Looks really delicious!

Indonesian In Turkey 11/2/11 22:05

hmm...yummy looking! I love brussel sprout also, it can add my recipe vocabulary for cooking it .. thx for sharing

pigpigscorner 11/2/11 22:22

My favourite way to eat brussel sprouts!

Michael Toa 11/2/11 22:23

I cooked a similar dish like this for Christmas and it was so delicious. My friends and I went crazy for this sprouts. Gotta make this again. Yum!

Joy 11/2/11 22:29

I love brussel sprouts, chestnuts and pancetta! Winner!

claudia lamascolo 11/2/11 23:41

Clearly a wonderful array of seasonings to make these a banquet of flavors!

Angela 12/2/11 00:11

Oh my! These are so lovely. I have a crush on brussel sprouts.

Sharon @ Fun and Life 12/2/11 01:12

This looks reallyyy good. I love brussel sprouts baked with a honey and mustard dressing type thing (not too sure what you call it and it's the only way I know to cook brussel sprouts). This sounds delicious! And gives me new ideas! :D

Elisabeth 12/2/11 01:15

Are you kidding Angie?...I love brussel sprouts. It's a perfect winter dish, or for the holidays, with the chestnut, and of course the pancetta is yummy, any time with it. Such wonderful combinations of goodness!
Yumm...I'l take this dish any time. Colors are vivid, and bright, and pretty presentation!

Nithu 12/2/11 01:19

Looks refreshing. Tempted to try.

Bridgett 12/2/11 01:55

I have had such a love affair with brussels this past year and I will definitely be trying your version.

Reeni 12/2/11 02:05

My Dad would love it if I made these for him Angie! They are his favorite and he is always asking me to cook them. I bet they're just delicious!

Angela 12/2/11 02:45

I hope you don't mind that I included you in my Valentine's Day blogroll. You have such romantic recipes.

Lisa H. 12/2/11 03:11

I didn't have enough Brussels sprout this year..:(
but I am contented looking at yours :)

Priyanka 12/2/11 06:12

Very tasty looking recipe :)

Angie's Recipes 12/2/11 06:51

Thank you, Angela, for thinking of me. :-)) You are sweet!

Abhilash Pillai 12/2/11 07:40

ah! you made them worth to eat... Normally what ever my mother prepares I like it. There are chances of regression when its bitter guard. I cannot reject and thus I close my eyes and just eat it :)

Anonymous 12/2/11 11:12

If I could only get my hubby to Brussel sprouts - your recipe sounds and looks fabulous.
:-) Mandy

Rosemary 12/2/11 14:34

Although as a child I didn't care for them much (my sister loved the "baby cabbages") I sure do now; and my favorite way to make them is roasting. Or maybe a cheesy gratin, or maybe . . . bacon and chestnuts!

lisaiscooking 12/2/11 15:17

I actually really like brussels sprouts! The chestnuts sound great with them.

Joanne 12/2/11 15:21

I made a recipe JUST like this for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! So delicious.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 12/2/11 15:40

You don't have to convince me, I LOVE Brussels sprouts. What a delicious way to serve them.

Boulder Locavore 12/2/11 15:46

This sounds SO good! I can totally imagine the flavors. Sadly it's difficult to find brussel sprouts at this time of year. When I lived in California where they are grown a funny little town would have a Brussel Sprout festival turning them into every edible item you could fathom. It think your recipe is much better than the Brussel Sprout ice cream I reluctantly sampled!

Annie 12/2/11 17:19

Oooh, this looks so so good! Believe it or not brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables when done properly.

Mary 12/2/11 17:39

We love brussels sprouts and fixed in this way they must be especially delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

girlichef 13/2/11 00:11

Oh, I think they sound awesome...and actually would love to try adding them to our Thanksgiving meal next year cooked like this!!

Mother Rimmy 13/2/11 05:36

My husband and I are recent converts to the pleasures of brussel sprouts. Thanks for the tip on the smell. I'll take your advice. The last time I made them, the house smelled a bit funky for a few hours. :)


alison 13/2/11 18:39

this is so tasty and healthy!

Ivy 13/2/11 19:51

Although not a big fan of Brussels sprouts, this looks so tempting and delicious.

Victor 13/2/11 20:09

You know what! I used to hate brussel sprouts not until I accidentally order a dish that has brussel sprouts last Friday, I'm surprised how good it tasted. The chef told me that it is all about the way that it is prepared, overcooking it give a bitter taste.

Thanks Angie, I guess I should be eating more brussel sprouts.

Chow and Chatter 13/2/11 23:20

oh I am a lover of Brussels great recipe hope your hubby gets you some flowers tomorrow

Raina 13/2/11 23:40

They look delicious! I cannot imagine anyone not liking brussel sprouts this way:)

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic 14/2/11 01:01

I actually really really love brussels sprouts, and can imagine them tasting absolutely divine with pancetta! Great recipe.

Spicie Foodie 14/2/11 01:06

My mother-in-law used to make the exact same Brussels sprouts and I love them. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Your photos make me so hungry:)

denise @ bread expectations 14/2/11 03:13

I'm pretty sure this is the only way brussel sprouts will get past my lips ;)

ann 14/2/11 04:18

I just started loving Brussels sprouts lately. These look fantastic, Angie!

marla 14/2/11 05:11

I love brussels spouts with smoky bacon or pancetta, I need no convincing to want to cook this recipe ;)

scrambledhenfruit 14/2/11 05:13

Yum...this is my favorite way to prepare brussels sprouts! :)

Monet 14/2/11 06:09

I happen to ADORE Brussels Sprouts. This post made me so happy! I think that most vegetables taste better with a bit of pancetta. I know that these sprouts certainly do! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Take time to love yourself and those that are dearest to your heart!

Cheah 14/2/11 10:47

I don't mind having just that for dinner tonight, Angie!

Lauren 14/2/11 13:05

On this Valentines day I can say the way to my heart is Brussels sprouts. I make Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and also with pancetta- why haven't I combined the 2? Salivating at 7am.

Sanjeeta kk 14/2/11 13:44

I love Brussels sprouts and this is going to be a treasured recipe for me.

Stella 14/2/11 15:27

Yum, Angie! Brussels are my favorite vegetable possibly, and you've made them with salty bacon and creamy chestnuts. That sounds really delicious, Lady;)
p.s. Happy Valentine's Day!


Angie~ this is my Favorite winter veggie dish! I adore brussel sprouts and the pancetta is the perfect accent!

Jeannie 14/2/11 15:59

I have never tasted brussels sprouts cos it's not easily available here...the way you cook it looks delicious!Happy Valentine's Day to you Angie:)

Anonymous 14/2/11 17:07

OMG...I did the almost the same dish. That was a great combination and I made this a few time after my posting....

Sarah Naveen 14/2/11 17:44

nice clicks..looks so yummy
Happy V day

Erica 14/2/11 18:51

You can't go wrong with Pancetta!!!! This sounds delicious!

tigerfish 14/2/11 22:51

me ! me! me ! I am NOT a hater! I am thy lover :)

OysterCulture 14/2/11 22:52

Brussels Sprouts + Pancetta has to be one of the best flavor combos ever, and then you have to go and add chestnuts? You've pushed it over the top.

[Reply] 15/2/11 01:15

That's lovely and tasty!! Happy Valentine's Day!

Juliana 15/2/11 02:15

Wow, what a nice way to cook brussel sprouts, my husband is not a brussel sprout fan, but I think he will definitely give this a try...looks yummie :-)

Christine@Christine's Recipes 15/2/11 03:16

Yes, not everyone loves Brussels sprouts. But they are really good for health. Trying to learn to cook them better.

Anonymous 15/2/11 04:07

I like the combination of brussels sprouts with chestnuts here, sounds delicious!

A Canadian Foodie 15/2/11 16:05

Hi, Angie!
I think you have posted another very similar to this recipe here before - it for sure had brussels sprouts and bacon in it as I recall making it. How can this one not also be good?

Magic of Spice 17/2/11 01:03

I have not made brussels sprouts is ages...and I love chestnuts :) Fantastic dish!

ASHLEA 21/2/11 22:31

I have been coming around to the idea of trying brussel sprouts for the first time and this looks likes a perfect recipe to try. I love pancetta!


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