Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

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    Shaved Brussel sprouts with pancetta may make everyone a fan of Brussel sprouts

    Brussel sprouts don’t look as gross when they’re shaved and tossed with a bunch of bacon. Am I right?

    Jason LOVES brussel sprouts. I’ve never had one til I met him. I just thought they kinda looked gross. Like little wrinkly heads. It’s not like I never had it because I didn’t want to try it, I just never went out of my way to buy them and it’s not something I ordered at restaurants. My parents never cooked with them either. I love cabbage though so I knew I’d like cooking and eating shaved brussel sprouts.

    Jason and I actually came up with this recipe together. He really had a huge craving for brussel sprouts and I needed one more recipe to complete my 10 days of Thanksgiving sides and desserts so I figured we’d collaborate on one of his favorite ingredients.

    After making this, I’m a lover of brussel sprouts. Plus, the pancetta part wasn’t bad, either ;)

    Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

    If you don't like brussels sprouts, this may change your mind!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1 pound shaved brussel sprouts
    • 4 oz diced pancetta
    • 1 large shallot, chopped
    • 2-3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    • In a large skillet, heat up a tbsp. of vegetable oil and add the diced pancetta in. Cook until they're starting to brown on the outside, about 5 minutes.
    • At this time, throw in the shallots and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the shaved brussel sprouts to the pan and stir around. Add the apple cider vinegar on top, as well as the salt and pepper.
    • Continue to cook down the brussel sprouts until they're soft and tender, about 10 minutes.
    • Serve warm.


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  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    Brussels Sprouts are my favorite veggie… especially paired with a salty pork product! I love that you shredded them!

  • Kathryn says:

    I much prefer shaved brussel sprouts and totally love the combination here with the pancetta – a match made in heaven!

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says:

    i am loving the brussel sprouts recipes…and with pancetta…and the apple cider vinegar…sounds like the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    I’m staring to love brussels sprouts, so I would love to try this!

  • CJ at Food Stories says:

    I love, love, love brussel sprouts so I know this would work at my house :-)

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    yumm looks great! simple is the best!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    I am still trying to figure out why Brussels sprouts have such an icky reputation(maybe it is because they are little and wrinkly), but I LOVE them! I roast them whole all the time, but have never tried shaving them. Great idea Julie.
    Thanks for all of the great holiday ideas and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    I love brussel sprouts! these look so good, I’m sure even my sprout loathing OH would wolf these down!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    It’s really ABSURD how much I love brussel sprouts. I love this Julie!!

  • Carla's Confections says:

    Ah man that pancetta is the perfect addition!!! Those look fantastic! YUM!

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    Same here – I’m not a fan of brussel sprouts and we never had that in the family before. I recently tried cooking it with bacon and lemon, put them in the oven and add white wine to reduce the slightly bitter taste. But yours looks so great and I’ll take this for Christmas, for sure.

  • LizS says:

    This may be a silly question, but how did you shred the brussels? Did you just rough chop them?

    • Erin says:

      I shred them using the slicing disk in my food processed. Used to do it be hand, but this is SO much faster!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    My mom used to steam or boil brussels sprouts when I was a kid, and I HATED it. But shredded or roasted, they’re one of my favorite veggies!

  • Jackie @ The Beeroness says:

    I’m with Jason. I love them. But, of course, everything is better with bacon.

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I’ve never really been into brussels sprouts…I think it was that my family never really ate them when I was growing up. But I could definitely get into them with pancetta, and love that they are shredded!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Oooh, I love brussel sprouts with bacon! They look awesome!

  • Kim Bee says:

    Okay I’ve never been a brussel sprout fan but this is changing my mind. It looks positively amazing.

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    I’m totally obsessed with Brussels sprouts. The way you’ve done them here looks fantastic!

  • This looks amazing! Definitely making this!

  • Meredith says:

    This side dish was a big hit for Christmas dinner! Will be making this again, it was so tasty! Love the pancetta in the dish!

  • Emily says:

    Hi Julie!

    Love some brussel sprouts! I am considering making these for our family thanksgiving, but will be traveling with them. What do you think about reheating? Bad idea or do you think it will be fine?

    Thanks for your opinion and all the fabulous recipes! I am in LOVE with your stuffing recipe. We have it year-round!

    • Julie says:

      Reheating will totally be fine! We’ve reheated this numerous times as we had leftovers and it still tastes great! :) I’m so glad you love the stuffing recipe too! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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