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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Chestnuts and Cranberries

I don’t like sprouts, I don’t think any of us do if we’re really being honest with ourselves. But it’s part of our great British stoicism to suck it up and serve them with Christmas dinner all the same, so here’s a recipe to make them bearable. It’s quite easy to give this recipe a vegetarian or vegan makeover; vegetarians: ditch the bacon, vegans: ditch the bacon (obv) and swap out butter for coconut oil or walnut oil. This recipe will serve 4-6 as a side dish. 750g brussel sprouts 160g bacon lardons 200g cooked and peeled chestnuts (the vacuum packed ones), chopped roughly 75g dried cranberries 25g butter Boil your sprouts according to pack instructions, about 5 minutes is the norm. While they’re on the boil, get a non-stick frying pan going on a high heat and start sizzling those lardons. Drain your sprouts and melt the butter in the same pan on a gentle heat, then start cooking the chestnuts and cranberries. Once they’ve been warmed through (3-4 minutes should do the trick) …