Stir-fried sprouts with chestnuts and bacon recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min
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  • 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.

    Top tip for making Stir-fried sprouts with chestnuts and bacon

    There’s no need to add salt to this dish as the bacon will make it salty enough.

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