Military Recipes For Success: Brussels Sprouts

In the run-up to Christmas, we'll be bringing you expert advice on how to get your festive lunch just right...

It might not be the families' favourite, but the military has come up with the ultimate way of getting everyone interested in Brussel sprouts.

Corporal Danielle Trunzo from 3 Mobile Catering Squadron at RAF Wittering has been spreading goodwill by sharing her festive recipe of sprouts, bacon and onions.


  • Brussel sprouts
  • Streaky bacon
  • Onions (white onions, shallots or red onions)
  • Squeezy sweet honey
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning


  1. Blanch your Brussel sprouts the night before and leave in a container.
  2. Dice the onions.
  3. Heat a large frying pan with oil, add the onions and fry for around two minutes. During this time you can cut your rashes of streaky bacon into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Add the bacon to the same pan (optional: add chestnuts or hazelnuts!).
  5. Take the sprouts you blanched the night before, cut them into halves and add to a separate pan - for seasoning add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Transfer the onions and bacon into the pan with the sprouts.
  7. Add a drizzling of sweet honey and mix together.
  8. Simmer and stir until the ingredients start to stick together.
  9. Serve up and enjoy!
Corporal Trunzo shares her military recipe secrets...

In just nine simple steps you could get the whole family 'sprouting success' for this side dish at Christmas.