Heston's Christmas Trimmings - Brussels sprouts

''Many people ask me how to make Brussels sprouts taste nicer. For me, the best way to eat sprouts is to treat them like cabbage by separating the leaves and cooking them in butter with smoked bacon, but please don’t overcook them!;'' Heston

Serves: 6

Ingredients

400g Brussels sprouts
5 smoked bacon rashers
50g unsalted butter

Method

  1. Slice the bases from the Brussels sprouts and carefully separate the leaves, pulling them off the sprouts.
  2. Fry the bacon in a frying pan over a medium heat until soft butnot coloured. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter with the bacon fat in the frying pan over a medium low heat. When the butter is foaming, add the Brussels leaves and stir in the bacon. Add 2 tbsp water and cover the pan.
  4. Allow to cook for 3–5 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
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