Liven up your Christmas dinner (or any other roasts) with these brussels sprouts cooked with pancetta and a hint of orange.
If you’re in charge of cooking Christmas dinner this year then, with a week to go, you’re probably thinking about all the ingredients you need for your perfect Christmas dinner. I’m sure that for most of you, this will include brussels sprouts – love them or hate them, Christmas dinner wouldn’t be the same without them.
Now I’m a member of that strange group of people that actually enjoys eating sprouts. If you’re not like me and you hate sprouts then this probably isn’t the recipe for you. The intention here isn’t to disguise the flavour of the sprouts so you can pretend you’re eating something else, it’s to make what is already a nice vegetable into something extra delicious.
All I can imagine while writing up this recipe is my Dad sat at home saying to my Mum “I’m glad I’m not going to their house for Christmas dinner. I want my sprouts to taste like sprouts. I don’t want them covered in orange”.
The trick with this recipe is not to overdo the orange zest, you only need a small amount so that you get an occasional burst of freshness. Too much orange and that’s all you’ll taste.
If you’re still not convinced, then there’s still time for a roast this weekend so you can try them out before the big day.
To make my sprouts with pancetta and orange you will need a sharp knife, a saucepan, a frying pan, and fine grater (suitable for the orange zest) and something to stir it all with.
Sprouts with Pancetta and Orange Nutritional Information*
* This is the estimated nutritional information per portion including the nutrition as a percentage of an adult’s reference intake. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.
** The cost per serving is correct at the time of publishing and updated every six months to keep it as accurate as possible. The actual cost per serving may vary according to where you shop and the quality of ingredients you choose.