Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Chestnuts, and Olives

We loved this side in our Test Kitchen so much we were all fighting for the last savory bits. Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 1 hour 5 minutes.


Makes 8 servings

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1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 pound pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, washed and cut in half
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 (7.4-ounce) jar chestnuts
1 cup pitted Sicilian olives
4 sage leaves, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme leaves
1/4 cup butter
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta, and cook 5 minutes or until it begins to crisp. Add Brussels sprouts, onion, and garlic, and sauté until golden brown.

2. Add 3 cups water, chestnuts, and next 3 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and cook 1 hour. Add butter, and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

Jonathan Waxman,


November 2007
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