Roasted sprouts with a hint of honey and pancetta. The perfect accompaniment to your Christmas dinner. Plus my top tips for making Christmas day cooking stress free.
I don’t know about you, but I’m already feeling very festive, so when Crisp ‘n Dry challenged me to have a Crisp ‘n Dry run of our Christmas dinner I jumped at the chance. Any excuse for a bit of festive cooking 🙂
Whilst I was busy whipping up Christmas dinner I thought I’d also share my recipe for honey roasted sprouts with pancetta. In my opinion roasting is the best way to cook sprouts, it adds so much flavour as well as a little crunchiness to the outer leaves. Coupled with the saltiness of the pancetta and the slight hint of honey they taste delicious.
As well as using Crisp ‘n Dry to make my sprouts, I also used it to baste my turkey giving it a golden glow and crispy skin, as well as for my roast potatoes and honey roasted carrots and parsnips.
Tips for a stress-free Christmas lunch
Christmas day should be fun for everyone so I thought I’d share my top tips for making Christmas lunch as hassle free as possible, as well as some tips from a few other amazing bloggers…
- Relax, enjoy it and don’t worry if things aren’t perfect – Christmas is supposed to be one of the best days of the year, so enjoy it. People will either not notice any mishaps, or they’ll be so huge that they’ll become legendary and you can reminisce with your family about them for many Christmases to come 🙂
- Simplify everything – Do you really need 3 different meats, 5 different sauces and 17 different vegetables? It’s easy to go a bit mad on Christmas Day and create a lot more work than we really need to for one meal. Work out what is really essential and forget about the rest. There is so much more to Christmas than a big, fancy meal no one can finish – Easy Peasy Foodie.
- Practice – If you don’t cook many roasts then practice a few times in the run up to the big day so you’ll be confident you know what you’re doing on Christmas morning.
- Invest in a steamer or slow cooker – They create extra cooking space if your oven or hob are a bit too full (plus slow cookers are great for mulled wine 🙂 ) – Baking Queen 74 & Welsh Mum.
- Plan your day – Make a timetable of everything that needs doing for the dinner and work backwards from the time you want to sit down and eat – Foodie Quine.
- Don’t work alone – Outsource some of the preparation and cooking to your kids (if they’re old enough), family and friends – Mummy Tries
- Prepare your vegetables on Christmas Eve – Peel and chop your vegetables and pop them into a pan of salted water overnight – Hijacked by Twins.
- Set your table and find all of your dishes, pans and utensils the day before – Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.
- Buy things ready made – You don’t have to make everything from scratch, if you buy well some of the vegetables, stuffing and sauces are really tasty and no one will know – New Mumblings.
- Make and heat your sauces in advance, then store them in an insulated flask until they’re needed – Foodie Quine.
- Use disposable aluminium baking trays – It makes for a lot less washing up – Peachicks Bakery.
- Plan something to keep the kids entertained – If they’re not ready to help out in the kitchen then plan some games to keep them out of your way while you’re busy cooking – Croque Maman.
Honey Roasted Sprouts with Pancetta
Active Time:5 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Serves 4-6 (easily adjusted to feed more or less people)
- 400g sprouts
- 1 tbsp Crisp ‘n Dry
- 1 tsp honey
- 65g pancetta cubes (or unsmoked streaky bacon cut into strips)
- Pre-heat the oven to 190C/170C fan.
- Cut any large sprouts in half so you have bite-sized pieces.
- In a small bowl, mix together the Crisp ‘n Dry and honey. Place the sprouts into a baking tray and drizzle over the oil & honey mixture. Toss the sprouts so they’re evenly coated. Season with salt.
- Roast for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the sprouts. Add the pancetta to the tray and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes until the sprouts are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.
Calories: 89 kcal (4%), Fat: 5.7g (8%), Saturated Fat: 1.6g (8%), Carbohydrates: 6.7g (3%), Sugar: 2.2g (2%), Fibre: 2.5g (11%), Protein: 4.2g (8%), Salt: 0.1g (6%)
One portion of fruit and vegetables.
This is the estimated nutritional information per serving (assumes the recipe serves 6. Excludes additional salt added during cooking). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.
Free From/Suitable For…
The ingredients for this recipe are easily available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.