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Christmas Recipes: Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts recipe

Ingredients (Serves 8)

900 g (2 lb) Brussels sprouts

Bacon lardons

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Brussels sprouts Christmas recipe

Brussels sprouts Christmas recipe

Method

Prepare the sprouts, removing the outer leaves. Trim the base, and cut a cross in the bottom of each, if you wish.

Cook in boiling salted water for 5-6 minutes until just cooked – don’t overcook! Drain, then stir-fry with some lardons of bacon until the bacon is crisp. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Variations: Toss the boiled sprouts in butter with chopped herbs such as chives and parsley; serve boiled sprouts with toasted almonds or chopped chestnuts; or serve boiled sprouts with a little grated orange zest.