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The most controversial Christmas side dish is surely Brussels sprouts.Love them or hate them, they’ve been given a pretty bad rap. Served plain and over-steamed I’m firmly in the ‘hate them’ camp. But with a few tweaks they can become an amazing addition to your Christmas table that will get people talking.

You’ll need

  • a couple of handfuls of sprouts, tailed
  • a couple of handfuls of shallots, peeled and left whole
  • a couple of handfuls cooked peeled chestnuts
  • a few rashers of chopped smoked bacon, or the same quantity of pancetta
  • a very large knob of butter
  • a handful of fresh sage, chopped


1. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat with a good olive oil

2. Add the bacon and shallots and cook for 5 min until caramelised

3. Add the sprouts, chestnuts, sage and the butter, cover with a lid and cook for a further 5 min, then season and serve.

And here are a few more ideas with sprouts from Jamie Oliver… and check out this week’s delicious home-delivered recipes to save you valuable time and effort

So easy, and so delicious. We’ll have more ideas for festive sides coming up! Happy Christmas!

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