1 lb chestnuts
2 10 oz packages Brussels sprouts
3 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs fresh thyme, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
6 thin bacon slices, cooked crisp
Cut crosses onto flat sides of chestnuts with a sharp knife. Drop into boiling water. Boil 15 minutes; remove skins.
Trim spouts; score each root end with and X.
Place chestnuts in vegetable steamer over boiling water. Steam 10 minutes. Add sprouts; steam 7-10 minutes until sprouts are tender.
To serve toss chestnuts and sprouts with butter, thyme, salt and pepper. Crumble bacon on top.
Holiday Herbs: 17 Easy and Delicious Holiday Recipes with Growing Instructions, 1991, Herb Bits, Norwalk, CT