Nov 2, 2011

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta



Sauteed brussels sprouts are delicious when shredded and sautéed with pancetta, garlic and oil. If you don't think you like brussels sprouts, I challenge you to try these!

I love when people tell me they don't like brussels sprouts, then quickly change their mind when they taste them prepared this way. I too once thought I didn't like brussels sprouts until my girlfriend turned me on to shredded them before sauteing in garlic and oil. Now I love them! You can easily prepare this the night before and warm it up when you are ready to serve if you are making this for Thanksgiving.

For a vegetarian version, try Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Shallots.


Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 14 • Size: about 1/2 cup (not packed)Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 1 pts
Calories: 56.2 • Fat: 2.8 g • Carbs: 6.1 • Fiber: 2.5 • Protein: 2.2 g

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz pancetta, minced
  • 2 lb brussels sprouts (weight after outer leaves and stems removed)
  • 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or sliced thin
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions:

With a large sharp knife, finely shred the brussels sprouts after thoroughly washing.


In a deep heavy saute pan, sauté pancetta on medium-low heat until fat melts and pancetta becomes golden, about 5 minutes. Add olive oil and garlic and sauté until golden. Add shredded brussels sprouts, salt and pepper to taste and sauté on medium-low heat for about 4-5 minutes until tender crisp.


Makes about 7 cups.

106 comments :

  1. I have never made brussel sprouts. This recipe looks great. Just wondering, brussel sprouts look like little baby cabbages...could you just use cabbage? Is there a big difference in the way they taste?

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    1. There is a big difference. Go with the Sprouts

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  2. When you mention to shred the brussels sprouts, do you mean to simply chop them up? They look amazing!

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    1. Great recipe! I must say that prep time is long to chop it all! Wife say delicious!

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    2. Trader Joes sells them shredded :)

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  3. I needed a recipe for brussel sprouts today! Got some in our weekly farm basket yesterday and wasn't sure what to do with them...thanks for this!!

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  4. I always say I don't like brussel sprouts, but this makes me want to give them another try!

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  5. I don't cook brussels sprouts cause I never know what to do with them but this recipe looks delicious!

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  6. Do you think thinly slicing the brussel sprouts on a mandolin would be as good as chopping? I love brussel sprouts and this recipe looks amazing! Thanks!

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    1. I use my mandolin for this, works well.

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  7. Just last weekend I had noticed Brussels Sprouts in the super mart near my house and have been planning to try them, Thanks for a great idea. Need to try it

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  8. Thanks for sharing! I've been wanting to make brussels sprouts again...this may make me do it. :)

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  9. I love your vegetarian version. I served it a few times at our dinner parties and everyone loved it. It is a such tasty and healthy dish. Thanks!

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  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your brussel sprouts!! I NEVER used to like them, at all, but chopped up like this with the garlic and oil, they were sooo freakin good!! I think I'm going to make them for my other non-brussell sprout loving friends and not tell them they are brussell sprouts! They look completely different chopped up anyway!

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  11. You have to let me know what you think after you make them!

    I usually shred them with a knife, a mandolin would work but it's pretty simple just using a big ole knife.

    I suppose you can make cabbage this way too, great idea!

    Where does everyone get these farm baskets they always comment about. I want in!!!

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    1. Usually small local farmers in your area have buy ins for baskets you can pick up.check online. They are awesome. We did one at work this year and got some really amazing stuff. Lemon cucumbers. Never saw them before delicious!!! They are also usually organic farms.

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  12. 1.2 tablespoons of evoo? Is that 1 tbps and a tsp?
    And how do you "shred" them like your pretty pretty picture?

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  13. I have a 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon, if u don't just fill your tablespoon halfway.

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  14. I accept your challenge. This is a veggie than has been firmly out of my tunnel vision in the produce dept and I need to mix it up!

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  15. YES! This is a favorite of mine that I found over the summer, but the original recipe I have is 7 PP. I cannot wait to try the lightened-up version!

    Thanks for all of the great recipes. So many have gone into my regular rotation, and I love all the soups!

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  16. I always make shredded brussels it's the only way to eat them in my opinion. I break out the food processor with the slicing attachment. Easy and fast.

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  17. I loooove brussel sprouts...can't even imagine how tasty they are with some pancetta!

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  18. Sounds yummy! It's sounds simpe enough, but I may sound stupid, but what is pancetta? I have heard of it, but I'm not sure, I'm thinking its like ham or bacon?

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    1. I was wondering the same thing, what is pancetta. I hope we get an answer because I have no idea.

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    2. Basically cured bacon that is not smoked.

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    3. I looked up pancetta to see what it was, then had a dictionary program audibly pronounce it for me correctly (pan- chay' - ta) so I'd know what to ask for. Went to an Italian deli, and asked for it. She said "You mean pan-setta?" So I said yes.

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  19. I love brussels sprouts!! This sounds lovely.

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  20. Yummy. It looks a lot like a recipe I wanted to make for Thanksgiving this year from Cooking Light magazine, do you recommend it?

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  21. This looks amazing as i LOVE brussel sprouts. Can you please clarify how much olive oil to use?
    Is it only 1/2 tbsp OR is it 1 & 1/2 tbps (1.5 tbsps)?
    Thank you

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  22. These look wonderful. I'm fairly new to your blog and I don't often comment, but this recipe brought me out of the woodwork. My husband loves Brussels sprouts and I know he'd really love your version. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  23. I LOVE brussels sprouts but have never shredded them like this. Can't wait to try it!

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  24. Challenge accepted. I am new to your site & I have LOVED each & every recipe thus far. I have high hopes for this one as well.

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  25. This sounds great! I have frozen whole brussel spouts. If I let them defrost, do you think they would make the dish too soggy? Thanks! Love your recipes.

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  26. YUM!! I'm usually not a big fan of brussel sprouts (probably because I over cook them) but roasted and sauted like this they're perfect.

    I tried a recipe similar to this a couple of weeks ago using turkey strips instead - it was delicious.

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  27. this is also really good with plain old cabbage.

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  28. MomTo2Gr8Boys11/3/11, 9:32 PM

    Made this with dinner tonight and loved it!! Thanks!

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  29. It's 1.5 tablespoons of oil, i just fixed that thanks for noticing.

    Never used frozen, but I think it would be fine.

    So glad you liked them!

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  30. I've never cooked brussel sprouts in my life. But, I wanted a new veggie to serve and gave these a go. They were actually (surprisingly)good but didn't have as much flavor as I thought they would. However, ate the left overs the next night and it was even better.

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  31. That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I love how green it is!

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  32. After trying this recipe, my family is no longer brussels sprouts haters - thanks, Gina! I will definitely be making this regularly.
    Regarding all the questions about shredding - I started doing it with a knife but quickly decided to pulse them in the food processor instead - that was very quick and easy.

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  33. These were amazing!! Usually we roast ours, but this was a welcome change. I used the "slice" blade on my food processor and it was so much better than chopping them by hand. The only tip I have is to cook them a bit longer than 4-5 minutes. I like my veggies crunchy, but I probably should have cooked them for about 10 minutes for them to be the perfect combination of tender but not mushy. Also, pancetta is now my new favorite thing to cook with. :)

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  34. I had 3 lb sprouts and only 2 oz pancetta, so my ratios were off a but, but that didn't stop this from turning out amazing. Because I had SO MUCH, I added a tablespoon of butter and some chicken stock and put the lid on while they were cooking, and they got nice and brown and caramelized on the bottom. Very unique flavor. I think this is going to end up being a staple New Years' Day dish using just regular cabbage. Beats the traditional greasy fried cabbage!

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  35. Such a great combination of flavors!

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  36. I never thought I'd like brussel sprouts but I really enjoyed this dish. My husband didn't care for it (surprisingly) but my 5 year old gobbled it up with me! I even plan to make this for Thanksgiving this year.

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  37. This recipe was delicious! My husband grew up in England eating brussel sprouts on a regular basis. My mom has always made a point of making them for him on holidays. Just last summer I was turned on to them (lots in our ploughshare) roasted. So yummy that way and it's great to have another option! BTW... crockpot applesauce recipe was also yummy!

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  38. Delicious recipe! Never liked cooking brussel sprouts before because they were boring but this recipe will now be a regular. Have also used a couple of slices of bacon if I don't have pancetta. Love that they are crisp instead of soggy. Thanks!

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  39. Holy Cow! Brussel Sprouts can actually taste good! I made these for my husband's birthday dinner tonight. How could he not love these. The surprise was that I loved them, too! I may serve these for a Thanksgiving side dish. Thanks!

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  40. Wow! I have never tried brussel sprouts before but now I am love with them. Thank you for another awesome recipe. I have cooked from your recipes EVERY day for the last 7 months and am now down 65 pounds. I would have given up long ago without your delicious record. You have changed my life and I can't say thank you enough.
    -Alicia

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  41. You have another convert. I have never liked brussel sprouts, although I keep trying. Prepared this way, they are delicious. Thanks

    Farm boxes in California come from CSAs. (Community Supported Agriculture). They are offered by organic farmers on a subscription basis.I'll bet if you Google CSA in your area, you'll find some. Good luck.

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  42. My 8 &10 year old haven't cared for brussel sprouts until last night! We always rate our food on a scale of 5 so I know what are hits and what are flops (easier to shallow a low score than an impolite comment). This received a 4.8 & 5 from the girls! They asked for seconds. Thanks again Gina!

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  43. I'm so happy and not surprised you all liked them!!!

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  44. I just made these last night. All I can say is..DELICIOUS! Nuff said...

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  45. I never "liked" brussel sprouts until my mom used this recipe today - this recipe is delicious!

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  46. I have disliked brussel sprouts for my entire life...until last night. Seriously delicious. I ate a full cup

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  47. These are simply wonderful... we loved them. This recipe is a keeper.

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  48. I tested these out for dinner and now they are on the Thanksgiving menu. Delicious!

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  49. Absolutely amazing. My entire family loved them. At the end of the meal, my husband said, "delicious brussell sprouts, honey!" One of my boys said..."What brussell sprouts?"

    Oh, yeah.

    Nobody even knew. Super YUMMY!!

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  50. Made them just as above, but used turkey bacon bits instead of pancetta & added a dash of balsamic at the end. Yum! Oh & I used frozen - no problems except you have to let them thaw a little so you can slice through them. So yummy. Thanks!

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  51. I have made this two times in a week!!! It's delicious :)

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  52. I love this recipe! I tried it the other night and added some orange zest to lighten it up - delicious! I had to refrain from gobbling up the entire thing! Thank you!

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  53. sounds like a delicious alternative to roasting them. we're trying them for thanksgiving this year - if i make them the night before, what's the best way to reheat them without them getting soggy or overcooked/dried out? thanks!

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  54. I just bought fresh brussel sprouts from a farm stand out on the North Fork of Long Island and was wondering what I was going to do with them!!!! Gina to the rescue!!!!!!! These are so tasty I cant wait to reheat the rest with my turkey leftovers!!!! I am making the brussel sprouts with shallots version for those in my world who don't eat pork(their loss), and will be intersted how those turn out as well- I'm sure they will be fantastic!!!

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  55. I have the same question as randi up there,

    "if i make them the night before, what's the best way to reheat them without them getting soggy or overcooked/dried out?"

    For T-giving, I really like to stick to dishes I can make ahead of time.

    Hope you can answer this before tomorrow. If not, I'm gonna guess you are busy cooking!

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  56. It will only take about 2-3 minuteS to reheat, it won't get soggy. You cam always undercook it a minute.

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  57. This made it's deput on my Thanksgiving table yesterday and I turned my husband into a brussel sprout eater! Thank you for the easy and healthy recipe!

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  58. These were amazing. Everyone loved them! We added a dash of beef broth to help them cook - the pot was a bit dry. And a squirt of fresh lemon right before serving - perfection!

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  59. Instead of pancetta, I used blue cheese, I also used a grater to shred them, it was awesome!

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  60. Made this for dinner tonight. It was a "hey Mikey she likes it" moment! I have had brussels sprouts before but didn't like them and was hesitant to try them, but man these were good! I think next time I will saute in some onion along with the garlic because I found them a bit bland but this is a do again side dish!

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  61. Can we use bacon for this recipe?

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  62. I just made these as part of Christmas Eve dinner and everyone loved them, including my 62-year-old father...who has never tried a brussel sprout! Wonderful recipe, Gina...as always! : )

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  63. So glad everyone liked them, yes bacon would be good too!

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  64. I'm going to try this recipe for New Year's dinner, we will have company from England, hope it turns out delicious.

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  65. Made these last night for friends coming for dinner, and oh my god they were such a hit! We were serving salmon and sweet potato wedges, and I felt like we needed something a little more crunchy to go with them. I subbed turkey bacon for the pancetta, and it came out wonderfully.

    Quick question, though. How do you chop the brussels sprouts and have them look as nice as they do in your picture? When I was chopping, mine were looking stringy and miserable. I finally resorted to chopping into quarters and just peeling back the leaves, but that became so time-consuming.

    By the way, I have started cooking from your recipes almost daily, and I recommend your blog to any and every one of my friends who endeavors to cook healthfully (and even the ones who don't!). Your recipes are simply wonderful!

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  66. I rarely eat brussel sprouts but I decided to try this recipe because it's so different from just regular steamed or boiled sprouts. Let me tell you this dish was AMAZING!!! SO tasty and I'm sure this would convert any non-brussel sprout eater! It's now one of my favorites for plenty of vegetables and a great side dish!

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  67. My mum tortured me with horribly prepared brussel sprouts when I was a kid so I was scared to try this. I'm so glad I did because it was sooo goood! Good enough that I think I could have eaten all of it.. but I was strong and didn't! Thank you soo much for all of your amazing recipes

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  68. My aunt made this for a family dinner of 10 people. Four of the ten DID NOT like brussels sprouts...until now! They LOVED this recipe and can't wait for it to be made again!

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  69. I tried this for the 1st time tonite.. I had never cooked brussel sprouts before either. I think my mom had boiled them to death in a "boiled dinner" when I was young and I was convinced they were Satan in a vegetable. Oh.... how wrong I was. This recipe is SO good.. even my 12yr old loved them (his 1st try) and ate his portion before he touched anything else. The only change I made was instead of the salt/pepper, I used a little lemon pepper. My honey loved them too. TOTAL success at my house! Thank you!!!

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  70. Made this tonight - love, love, loved it. Never thoughts of dicing up brussels sprouts. Thanks so mugh!

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  71. How did u calculate this as 1 point plus? By my calculations, it's 7!

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    1. Did you take into account that it is 14 servings?

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  72. I am that person who says I do not like brussels sprouts but this looked good. I made it with bacon since I did not have pancetta, and added a few cooked shrimp at the end to have as a lunch. You have converted me! This was delicious!

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  73. Did you know that trader joes now sells shredded brussel sprouts??? Made my day. Haha

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  74. I found the pancetta to be salty. I don't see any other comments, which makes me think I bought the wrong thing. Are there different types or a less salty suggestion?

    Other than that, it was perfect!

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  75. Man this was good! I'm not so certain about the serving size. I had almost (but not exactly) one pound of brussel sprouts (I was halving the recipe) and as I stared longingly into the pan I wondered how on earth that would have made seven servings. :) I went ahead and adjusting mine for six since I didn't have quite one pound. Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE brussel sprouts so I am always up for trying a new recipe using them. I've never used pancetta before.

    @Dawn - I got Applegate Farm brand b/c I was already at the organic market getting everything else. I didn't find mine to be overly salty, so perhaps it being organic helped?



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  76. why is the shredded brussel sprouts with pancetta less points than the vegetarian one.

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    1. Because the vegetarian one uses one lb. of Brussels sprouts to serve 4 while this version uses 2 lbs to make 14 servings. So, you're spreading the oil and stuff into 14 servings instead of just 4. Thus, the points are higher.

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    2. thank you

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  77. will be trying this, local restuarant serves this and they add sliced leeks to theirs so yummy

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  78. Made this tonight with pancetta that I cured myself! This was exactly the kind of recipe I was searching for and it was wonderful!

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  79. I see over and over someone asking what is pancetta...I never saw an answer...so I am asking the same thing...never ever heard of such an item...

    What is Pancetta?

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    1. Pancetta is cured pork belly, the Italian equivalent of bacon. Unlike American bacon

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    2. Bacon can also be used if you can't find it.

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  80. I wanted to comment after having made this recipe. I am really trying to find a way to eat Brussels sprouts and actually like them since they are so good for you. Well this is it-this is the recipe. I didn't shred them, but chopped them in the food processor. Other then that followed the recipe to the T and it's really great. The pancetta is crunchy and the sprouts are crisp tender. You can hardly tell they even are Brussels sprouts. A wonderful side dish and a new way to eat a different veggie!

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  81. I love this recipe. I add shallots instead of garlic. For those that are not adventurous to try baby cabbages, hit it with an ounce or so of real maple syrup at the end to give it some sweetness. Can always garnish with fried crispy onions too.

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    1. love the maple syrup at the end!

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  82. Brussels sprouts are one of our favorite side dishes. We eat them all the time. I recently made almost this same dish but added butternut squash! Delicious! http://bit.ly/1cCwy7y

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  83. And when all else fails, try fresh uncooked shredded brussell sprouts in a salad, add dried cranberries and roasted pumpkins seeds with a poppy seed dressing and you have one amazing super food salad!

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  84. Will def have to try this recipe! I love brussel sprouts, usually cut them in half, add diced pancetta, mist with olive oil, season with Salt & Pepper, then roast in oven at 400-450 till crispy! Your recipe is similar, will def try it. When i go upstate on weekends, I love getting the brussel sprouts at a local farm where you buy them still attached to the stalk! and entire stalk is only $1.50!!!

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  85. I've done this recipe before and have added hazelnuts to the skillet as well. It's REALLY good!

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  86. I want to try this recipe!! I shop at Kroger or Walmart. Where in the store do I find pancetta? Thanks for your help.

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  87. Trader Joes sells shaved brussel sprouts eliminating the step of washing and chopping the sprouts. It comes in a 10 oz serving.

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  88. Do I reheat this in a pan or can I microwave it? Thanks

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