Roasted brussels sprouts with shallots plus

shallots in traditional grocersMake Christmas tasty and easy with this twist on the classic brussel sprouts

This week’s #tastytuesday recipe sees me trying out another recipe for Christmas.

OH is a big sprouts fan and definitely takes the view no Christmas lunch is complete without them. I prefer my vegetables a little more imaginative than just plain boiled, so this recipe, adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg Everyday strikes just the right balance. It also suits me because you can prepare it, leave it and pop it in the oven when you are ready. For me, this beats trying to synch lots of pans on the hob.

I also kept it local, with sprouts and shallots from C & R Family Grocers in Cricklade.

You’ll need

  • Olive oil (about 3 tbsp)
  • 400 gr sprouts, washed, peeled and halved
  • 350 gr shallots, peeled and sliced in half
  • Several sprigs of thyme
  • 100 g chopped pre-cooked chestnuts
  • 1lemon
  • 4 rashers of bacon, cut into lardons

Cooking the sprouts is very simple.sprouts and bacon

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C, Gas Mark 5.
  2. Cut the bacon and prepare the vegetables.
  3. Fry the bacon until lightly cooked. Add chestnuts.
  4. Arrange the sprouts and shallots face down in a large roasting dish.
  5. Trickle oil and bacon mix over, add sprigs of thyme and a few slices of lemon. Season to taste.
  6. Roast for 35 minutes.Check and turn about half way through.
  7. Serve. And enjoy.roast brussels sprouts with shallots

Variations on roast brussels sprouts with shallots

I have also tried this substituting carrot batons for the shallots, adding onion to the baconĀ  mix and incorporating chopped hazel nuts and grated fresh ginger into the mix (extra yummy). Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Joining with Honest Mum’s Tasty Tuesday (I’m making a note to myself to try a new recipe at least once a week, and to try to make it as seasonal as possible. See, I did get around to the sprouts.)

Tasty Tuesdays on


About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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10 Responses to Roasted brussels sprouts with shallots plus

  1. Alison says:

    I never thought of adding shallots, have tried chestnuts before. Looks lovely

  2. MummyTries says:

    Sarah these look fab! I love brussel sprouts, and am always on the lookout for ways to make them even tastier – thanks for this ;-) #TastyTuesday

    • sarah says:

      Thanks…afraid I think there’s something missing if they don’t have bacon with them (which annoys my veggie friends no end), but always associate sprouts and bacon with Christmas!

  3. Honest Mum says:

    Can I just say, I LOVE brussel sprouts and this recipe is fabulous! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  4. I love Brussel sprouts, and this sounds like a great mix (minus the bacon :) ) We often roast shallots when we roast potatoes, lovely! #TastyTuesdays

  5. oana79 says:

    The shallots would be a challenge for me, something about IKEA and a stomach bug a few years back :-) . But I could definitely try Brussel sprouts with bacon and chestnuts, yum!

    • sarah says:

      Oh dear….sorry about the Ikea experience. Boy would sympathise. He spends biggest part of dinner time picking out the shallots and searching for any signs of the hated onion!

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