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These Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Walnuts Are a Must for Thanksgiving

Brussels sprouts might have started out as a mystery (sometimes even smelly) veggie your grandmother would make you eat, but then they got cool—or should we say crispy. As soon as people realized Brussels sprouts recipes were a million times better when the ends and leaves were charred (whether from roasting them in a sheet pan dinner or in a hot skillet for a keto Thanksgiving recipe, as you'll see here), it was like Brussels sprouts became a ~thing~ again.

You'll get that nice crispy texture times three with this flavorful keto Thanksgiving recipe that includes crispy bits of pancetta, plus some added crunch and healthy fats from walnuts. (Did you know walnuts are one of the hands-down healthiest nuts you can eat, thanks to their healthy, high polyunsaturated fat content?)

While it might be tempting to have an entire bowl of just these delicious sprouts, you'll want to keep the serving size to a minimum for an overall daily carb intake that doesn't exceed the general keto diet guidelines (40 to 50 grams total). (BTW, is it possible to follow a vegetarian keto diet?)

Get even more keto Thanksgiving recipe ideas with the Complete Keto Thanksgiving Menu.

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Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Walnuts, and Orange Zest

Makes 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/3 cup diced pancetta
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Directions

  1. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add Brussels sprouts, pancetta, salt, and pepper. Sauté 8 to 10 minutes or until just tender.
  2. Stir in apple, walnuts, and cardamom. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally, or until apples are just tender and Brussels sprouts are golden brown. Toss with orange zest just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 158 calories, 11g total fat (2g sat. fat), 4mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 12g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 4g sugar, 6g protein

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