Pic of Brussels sprouts with bacon and almonds

Brussels sprouts with bacon and almonds

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Brussels sprouts with bacon and almonds

Pudding & Cake Serves 5 30 min
This pan-fried dish would make a luscious component of Christmas dinner, or a weeknight main with a bit of grain or brown rice. Try, as a festive alternative, replacing the almonds with a tin of cooked chestnuts.


  • 750g Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 15g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 75g smoked bacon, diced
  • 15g almond flakes
  • 175 ml double cream
  • zest of ½ lemon, finely grated
  • squeeze of lemon
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
  • Step 1

    Cook sprouts in already boiling water until not quite cooked. Drain and pat dry with a towel.
  • Step 2

    Heat the butter and oil in a wide frying pan or wok. Add bacon and almonds and sauté until lightly brown.
  • Step 3

    Add sprouts and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring. Draw off the heat and allow to cool for a few seconds before adding the cream and zest.
  • Step 4

    Return to the heat and stirring frequently, cook for about 4 minutes to reduce to a thick sauce. Season, add the lemon and serve.

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