Tasty Christmas Sprout Recipes
12th December 2011
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I recently wrote about this much maligned vegetable in Give Sprouts a Chance - giving tips on how to cook the perfect sprout.

Well, it's now time to roll out a couple of Christmas recipes to give the humble sprout a much needed 'hug' and welcome it back to your festive celebrations in Lowestoft this Christmas.

First up is Sprouts with chestnuts, bacon and butter...


  • 6 rashers of streaky bacon, cut into strips
  • 100g of vacuum-packed chestnuts, chopped
  • 140g of butter at room temperature
  • 1kg of small sprouts with outer leaves trimmed

1. Fry bacon in a hot pan without any oil for 10 mins until crisp. Add chestnuts and fry until they are beginning to colour and coated in the fat. Pour away excess fat, then tip bacon and chestnuts into a bowl to cool. Beat butter to soften with a spatula, then stir in the bacon and chestnuts. Season with black pepper, then store in fridge.
This can be made up to 3 days ahead or frozen for 1 month. Defrost in fridge overnight.

2. To serve, place sprouts in a microwaveable bowl, pour in 100ml water, cover with cling film and pierce a few times. Microwave on High (850W) for 16-18 mins, stirring twice during cooking, or cook in a pan of boiling water for 5 mins. Drain and tip into a warm serving dish, then dot the butter over to melt. Toss through and serve.

This recipe serves up to eight. Simple. Delicious...

Full recipe for Sprouts with bacon, chestnuts and butter available from BBC Good Food »

Our second sprout recipe is Spicy stir-fried sprouts


  • 500g of sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 chilli, cut into rings
  • 2 garlic gloves, finely chopped
  • large piece of fresh root ginger, cut into fine matchsticks
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Cook the sprouts in boiling salted water for 3 mins, then drain. Heat the oil in a wok, then stir-fry the chilli, garlic and ginger for 1 min. Add the sprouts, cook for 2 mins, then drizzle with the soy sauce. Give everything a final toss before serving.

This recipe serves four people and will add a real 'zing' to your Christmas meal...

Full recipe for Spicy stir-fried sprouts available from BBC Good Food »



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