Food & Drink

Brussels Sprouts in Pine Nut Butter Recipe

December 3, 2011

Brussels Sprouts in Pine Nut Butter RecipeI have to admit to cooking this vegetable accompaniment to Christmas dinner for the past six years(!) as we love it so much the pine nuts and sprouts can be prepared the day before (or prepared and frozen) making it a really quick and easy veg dish that doesn’t need to be overly worried about on the day.

Brussels Sprouts in Pine Nut Butter Recipe

Ingredients (serves 8)

50g pine nuts
40g butter
Lemon, finely grated zest
Nutmeg, small amount grated
1.1kg Brussels sprouts
200g pancetta (optional)


Toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan for 2 – 3 minutes until golden and allow to cool. Mix the butter and lemon zest in a bowl. Add the pine nuts and nutmeg and season with freshly ground black pepper. Mix everything together, spoon on to a piece of greaseproof paper and wrap tightly. Freeze for up to a month.

Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the sprouts. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 5 – 7 minutes. Drain well, return to the pan, add the pine nut butter and toss to coat.

Optional: fry the pancetta and add to the mixture.

If you find your sprouts often taste bitter there are a couple of things you can do that will help to reduce this…

If you’re growing your own, avoid picking them until they’ve gone through a few frosts. Frost concentrates the sugars making them a bit sweeter. Also overcooking them can make them bitter, so slicing them in half (which also releases some of the acidic compounds they contain) will help them cook a bit quicker too.

Do you have a favourite sprout recipe for Christmas time?


  • Reply Jessie December 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Sounds yummy!

  • Reply Christmas Recipe Roundup - Flogastronomy December 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

    […] from GreensideUp has a recipe for Brussels Sprouts in Pine Nut Butter along with a funny picture which sums up many peoples’ opinion of the […]

  • Reply Dee November 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Is This recipe suitable for freezing

    • Reply Dee Sewell November 29, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      I’m not certain tbh Dee, though the pine nut butter can be made in advance and the sprouts prepared early.


    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    %d bloggers like this: