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Sautéd Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts & Sucuk

Sauteed Brussels sprouts with chestnuts is a dish often served with pork such as bacon or pancetta. Our recipe has been given a more Turkish flavour by using sucuk (similar to pepperoni). This dish can be eaten as a main meal or as a side to other meals.
Course Main
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 480kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • ½ kilo Brussels sprouts washed & loose leaves removed
  • ½ kilo chestnuts shells scored with a cross
  • 250 g sucuk skin removed & sucuk chopped into small cubes
  • 2 fresh chillies finely chopped
  • 1 dessert spoonful olive oil
  • salt & pepper for seasoning


  • In a large saucepan, plunge your Brussels sprouts into boiling water and blanch them for 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, drain and leave to one side.
  • Meanwhile, dry fry your chestnuts for 15 minutes or dry roast them in a hot oven (200C) for around 20 minutes.
  • Allow your chestnuts to cool and then peel them (the shell will have loosened where you scored them).
  • Cut your larger chestnuts and sprouts in half.
  • Gently heat your olive oil in a frying pan and add the chilli peppers.
  • Sauté for a couple of minutes before adding your Brussels sprouts.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and give them a stir to coat them with the oil and chilli.
  • Now leave them to sauté for 4-5 minutes. Don't stir them because you want your sprouts to start browning here and there.
  • Next, add your chestnuts and stir them around so that they get a good coating of oil and chilli, too.
  • Sauté for a further 5 minutes. Again, don't worry about constant stirring. A bit of browning adds to the dish.
  • Now check your sautéd Brussels sprouts have softened to your liking. Green and firm is better than mustard yellow mush.
  • Add your chopped sucuk to the pan and stir around for roughly 5 minutes. Your sucuk will release its super tasty oils and spices and coat your sauteed Brussels sprouts and chestnuts.
  • Serve hot either as a main meal or as an accompaniment to other dishes.


  • Please note: Calories per serving are a general guide. The type of oil and type of sucuk you use will affect the calories.