Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a wonderful way to cook your Brussel sprouts from the garden.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and outer leaves removed (about 5 cups)
- 1⁄4 lb double-smoked thick slab bacon or 1⁄4 lb other smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-by-3/4-inch rectangles
- 2 cups white pearl onions, peeled
- 10 chestnuts, roasted, peeled, and quartered
- 1 3⁄4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- To peel a chestnut, cut a large X into one side of the shell, cutting all the way through the tough membrane. (If you don’t, the chestnut will blow up in your oven. Imagine popcorn the size of a ping-pong ball!)
- Put the chestnuts in a shallow pan and bake in a preheated 325°F oven until the shells curl along the cuts and the outsides are nicely toasted (about 15 minutes). Cool slightly (they’re easier to peel while they’re still warm) and remove the shells.
- Rub in a clean kitchen towel to remove as much as possible of the dark, bitter membrane.
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add enough salt until the water is salty tasting. Prepare an ice water bath by filling a bowl halfway with ice and water; set aside. Cook Brussels sprouts in boiling water until crisp-tender, about 4 to 5 minutes; they will still have some bite to them. Drain sprouts and place in ice bath.
- When cool, remove sprouts from ice water, halve lengthwise, and set aside. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add bacon in a single layer and cook over medium heat until fat is rendered and bacon is golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside; reserve pan drippings.
- Add onions to the pan and reduce heat to low. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until they turn a deep golden color, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add chestnuts and cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated and well coated with bacon fat, about 2 minutes.
- Increase heat to high and add bacon and Brussels sprouts and stir well. Add chicken broth and cover. The contents will quickly come to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until Brussels sprouts are heated through. Stir in butter and season with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle with thyme and serve.