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Creamed sprouts with pancetta crumb recipe

Creamed sprouts with pancetta crumb recipe

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Sprouts often divide the dinner table at Christmas but this revamped version is a real game changer. Nutty sprouts are fried in butter and cream until tender, and topped with a smoky pancetta crumb. This quick, easy Brussels sprouts recipe makes this festive veg a must-have Christmas dinner side. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 5 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 206 calories / serving


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 65g smoked pancetta cubes
  • 40g ciabatta, blitzed to breadcrumbs
  • 20g butter
  • 650g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 200ml Elmlea double cream alternative

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    18g 25%
  • Saturates

    9g 45%
  • Sugars

    4g 4%
  • Salt

    0.5g 8%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 6.8g Protein 5.4g Fibre 0.2g


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Fry the pancetta for 3 mins until golden and releasing its fat. Add the breadcrumbs, stir through and fry for another 4 mins until crisp and golden, stirring regularly. Spoon into a bowl; set aside.
  2. Melt the butter with the remaining oil in the pan. Add the sprouts, season and fry for 5 mins. Pour over the Elmlea and bubble for a further 2 mins or until the sprouts are just tender. Spoon into a warmed serving dish and top with the pancetta crumbs.

Get ahead: Slice sprouts the day before, cover with damp kitchen paper and store in the fridge.

See more Christmas side dishes

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