This Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta is the recipe that might just change some minds about this often hated vegetable. It uses shaved brussels sprouts, so it cooks really quickly. And that salty pancetta adds a ton of delicious flavor!
Well, here it is! The recipe for brussels sprouts that changed my opinion of them. My memory of having to eat these yucky cabbage mini-me’s as a kid is not a good one. I know I’m not alone in this. It seems that people either love or hate them. My husband happens to be one of those people who loves them, so I decided to give them another shot. If you think you hate them or know someone who does, I urge you to give this Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta recipe a try. It might just change some minds in your household, too.
Bacon and pancetta are commonly paired with brussels sprouts. I mean, they basically make just about everything better, so why not? And trust me, they definitely make these sautéed brussels sprouts better! If you can’t find pancetta, you could substitute some bacon.
How to Shave Brussels Sprouts
First, remove any damaged leaves from the brussels sprouts. If using a food processor, you’ll need to trim the core as well. I used the mandoline side of my grater to thinly slice them, but a knife or a food processor fitted with the slicing blade can also be used. Shaving the brussels sprouts means that they cook super fast.
The rosemary adds a nice boost of flavor that pairs nicely with the other ingredients. Cheese is just about always a good idea, so of course, that’s in there, too. I happened to have Grana Padano on hand, but Parmigiano-Reggiano would be equally as good.
This serves about four people as a side dish, but it can be made into a main course for two. That’s exactly what I did for lunch one day. I added a can of cannellini beans to the skillet after the sprouts were done with a little bit of chicken stock and just heated it through. Lunch done!
Whether you serve these Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta as a Thanksgiving dinner side dish or just a regular weeknight, they are sure to be a hit!
- 1/4 pound . pancetta , cut into small cubes
- 1 pound . brussel sprouts
- 2 tsp fresh rosemary , finely chopped
- 3-4 tbsp finely grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- freshly ground black pepper
Remove any damaged out leaves of the brussels sprouts. If using a food processor to slice them, you'll want to trim the bottom of the core as well. Using either a mandoline or sharp knife, thinly slice brussels sprouts crosswise and discard ends.
Heat the oil in a 10.5-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until crispy and golden brown. Tilt the pan slightly and spoon out all but about 3 tbsp. of grease. Add the brussels sprouts and cook, stirring often, until tender and bright green, about 3-5 minutes. Add the cheese and black pepper and toss to combine. Check seasonings and serve immediately.