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Apple and Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad

Apple and Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad

Serves: 4

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2 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup shelled raw pistachios
1 sprig rosemary, stem removed, leaves finely chopped
1 pinch fleur de sel
Vegetable oil for frying
26 brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup crème fraîche
2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, quartered, cored and thinly sliced


In a small pot over high heat, boil cider until it is reduced to a thin syrup, about 30 minutes (you will have about 1/4 cup). Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a small ungreased pan over low heat, toast the pistachios, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cool and chop them coarsely (by hand or in a food processor). Combine the chopped pistachios with the rosemary leaves and fleur de sel. Set aside.

In a heavy pot or fryer, heat the oil to 350 degrees. Fry the brussels sprout halves until the outside leaves begin to turn golden brown. Do not overfry, or they will turn mushy. Remove the sprouts from the oil and toss in a bowl with the sherry vinegar and a dash each of salt and pepper.

On each of four plates spread 2 tablespoons crème fraîche in a line. Liberally drizzle with the reduced apple cider. Arrange 6 or 7 sprout halves over the crème fraîche. Top each with 1/4 of the apples. Top with the remaining sprouts. Drizzle with the cider reduction and then sprinkle each salad generously with the pistachio mixture. Serve immediately.


Per serving: 397 calories (percent of calories from fat, 71), 6 grams protein, 24 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 35 grams fat (8 grams saturated), 27 milligrams cholesterol, 69 milligrams sodium.

About the recipe

This recipe of crispy fried brussels sprouts, fresh tart apples and pistachios is big on flavor and proves once and for all that everything tastes better deep-fried and served with heavy cream.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Jay Swift in Atlanta, Ga.