Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts
Last week I was in Oregon to clean out and ready our home on the coast for the new owners. The first few days were spent dividing, separating and donating many of our things. Evenings and quiet hours were spent reminiscing.


One of our first projects and one that took about 6 years, was clearing out our overgrown yard. The yard is almost half an acre and was full of trees, blackberry bushes, mallow, dandelion, ivy and just about every weed known to man. Surprise is the word that comes to mind when we first realized we had stairs in the front and back yard, at the time we couldn’t believe our good fortune. That summer we cleaned out all the tiered rock flower beds and filled them all with landscapers paper and wood shavings. The yard was beautiful! The next summer we came back and all of the wood chips had blown away. Oh, did we learn the hard way………

In the end the buyers dropped out of the sale, and yes you read that right………. we still own our home on the Oregon coast;)

Anyway, I’m now back in Phoenix and working on the sides to serve with our Thanksgiving meal this year (the sides are my favorite). I try to keep my dishes somewhat traditional but at the same time healthy and delicious. Oven space is also a big part of the consideration as we will be having dinner at my daughter’s house. What I love about this Brussels sprout recipe is that the prepping and paring can all be done ahead of time. I bought the chestnuts, cooked and prepped from Trader Joe's. They have a slightly sweet and earthy taste that lends well with the saltiness of the pancetta and savory earthiness of the sprouts.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts
Hope you like this dish as much as we did, xo Cheri

Yield: 8 to 10

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Make your holiday meal special with sautéed Brussels sprouts, crispy pancetta bits and chestnuts”.

ingredients:


  • 2 ounces pancetta cubed
  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 to 1 cup chestnuts, rough-chop (I used Trader Joe's organic peeled and cooked chestnuts)

instructions:


  1. In a large skillet sauté pancetta bits until crispy, remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Add Brussels sprouts and sauté on medium-high heat for about 4-6 minutes until crisp tender. Add 1/4 cup water and cook until evaporated another 2 minutes or so. Add garlic and stir continuously for 1 minute.
  3. Stir-in pancetta and chestnuts, ready to serve

notes

Can be made ahead of time. Just re-heat and serve.
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41 comments:

  1. I love chestnuts so this is right up my alley. And you can't go wrong matching brussels with pancetta. Looks delicious. And good luck with all that's going on with your Oregon home.

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    1. Thanks Monica, life sure is full of all kinds of twists and turns.

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  2. Your yard at your Oregon home sounds amazing! I haven't started thinking about Thanksgiving sides yet, but I love brussels sprouts. The chestnuts sound so good with them!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, brussels sprouts are a favorite around here too!

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  3. Oh Cheri, not sure if that's good news or bad news. But life will be as it's meant to be. And at least for now it's been cleared out. You get to start fresh next summer if it's not been sold xx

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    1. So true Tandy, I was upset in the beginning but as you said life will be...Take care!

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  4. I love brussels sprouts and pairing with pancetta and chestnuts sounds even better!

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  5. I am trying to comment on your blog but it doesn't work. I like the combination of brussels sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts. Best luck with your house in Oregon .

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  6. Interesting ,it worked on my computer but not on my iPad or iPhone.

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    1. Sorry about that Gerlinde, that happens every once in a while to me too.

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  7. Good Morning Cheri. Your sprouts look delicious and will be perfect for Thanksgiving. I love the story of your Oregon home. I am not sure why you're selling it and I'm sorry the deal fell through if it's a hardship for you. Still, you've filled it with love and a generous energy. The right buyers will come along or you'll have it to enjoy a little bit longer. D

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    1. Thanks Dena for the kind words, we love the house and the area, just trying to simplify things;)

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  8. I'm so sentimental it would be very hard for me to sell a home like that. This brussels sprouts side dish sounds amazing. I believe I've just found my new Thanksgiving side dish.

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    1. Thanks Lea Ann, hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did.

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  9. If I were hosting, this would be my favorite side. Mark and I are getting a turkey breast to make for ourselves after Thanksgiving, and we will make this to go with. We love Brussels sprouts - our favorite is simply sautéed with butter and hazelnits. This takes it one BIG step further!!

    Okay, did I miss a chapter? You are selling in Oregon? Will you not be going back for the summers now? So sorry if I missed the announcement...

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    1. Hi David, the sale fell through so we will be going back next summer, we are trying to simplify things to see where life takes us next. Looks like we will have to move on to plan b. brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies too!

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    2. I am so sorry, Cheri. That had to be tough, especially at the last minute just when you thought everything was settled.

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  10. I Like your recipe, Cheri. I am going to save it. Thanks for sharing:)

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  11. I absolutely love Brussels Sprouts and they are always a part of our Thanksgiving feast. What a beautiful preparation, Cheri. What a shame about the sale of your home. I hope you got to keep a a big earnest money check at least!

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    1. Thanks Susan, we love brussels sprouts too! And this time of year I probably prepare them once a week. Take care!

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  12. It's hard when things don't work out the way we expect but there's so often a good reason why. I hope that's true in your case Cheri. Your Brussels sprouts dish looks amazing. I know everyone will LOVE it!

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    1. Thanks Chris, yes in my heart I think the same thing, appreciate your kind comment.

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  13. This is a beautiful Thanksgiving dish Cheri. I love anything with shaved brussels sprouts (and pancetta is up there too!) Too bad about your house sale--especially after selling/donating possessions :(

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    1. Thanks Inger, I know it was heartbreaking at first but now that I'm away it's okay.

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  14. i don't think i've ever eaten a chestnut, but i think it sounds like a great addition to brussels sprouts!

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    1. Hi Grace, you know I tried them for the first time a couple of years ago and loved them, you never know. Thanks!

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  15. Ugh, I'm sorry the sale didn't go through, but hoping you'll have a new buyer soon. I love this Brussels sprouts dish. I'd be happy to eat the whole batch b/c I know Bill would not touch it. Lucky me!!!

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    1. Thanks Liz, appreciate the thoughtful comment.

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  16. This is a beautiful side dish for Thanksgiving. Love, love brussels sprouts.

    P.S. Hope you have a new buyer soon. The Oregon Coast is stunning.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks Velva, we love it too, especially the woods and the water.

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  17. Hi Cheri,
    Love this simple to prepare yet a lovely dish for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the sharing.

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    1. Thanks Karen! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

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  18. Sprouts and pancetta must be perfect together. Great inspiration for the holidays. Very sorry about the sale. That must be hard especially due to the distance. Fingers crossed for a better deal next time.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, appreciate the kind words. Distance does make things a little tougher.........

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  19. I'm sorry about the sale of your home falling through. However, your Brussels sprouts dish looks so tasty. I watched Ina on Saturday, prepare a side dish of Brussels sprouts drizzled with a balsamic glaze. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

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    1. That Ina, her recipes are always spot on and everything always turns out perfectly.thanks Kitty!

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