This recipe is tried & true, it's a success, even for those who don't like brussel sprouts. Last Christmas my mother-in-law, who can't stand the brussel sprout, said "...and who made those greens? they're delicious!" next thing you know, she's a convert. Give 'em a try...the pancetta really does the trick, and they only need to be cooked for a very short time, (other wise they get soggy and don't stay green). Happy cooking.