Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Michael Symon's Brussels Sprouts

Michael Symon’s Fried Brussels Sprouts with walnuts and capers
Canola Oil, for deep-frying
1 garlic clove, minced
4 salt-packed anchovy fillets, rinsed, filleted and minced
1 serrano chili, seeded and minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced on the bias
1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted, and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 pound Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
2 cups loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons salt-packed capers, rinsed, and patted dry
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pour enough oil into a medium pot so that the oil comes 3 inches up the sides. Heat the oil to 300°F. *Or skip to roast them.
While the oil is heating, whisk together the garlic, anchovies, serrano, red wine vinegar, honey, scallions, walnuts, and extra-virgin olive oil in a bowl large enough to toss all the Brussels sprouts. Keep the bowl near the stovetop.
Working in batches, deep-fry the Brussels sprouts until the edges begin to curl and brown, about 3 minutes. To the last batch, add the parsley and capers (stand back, the capers will pop and sputter!). Give the contents of the pot a stir. When the color of the parsley, more saturated shade of green, about 1/2 - 1 minute, remove the contents of the pot with a skimmer and place directly into the bowl of dressing. Toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I made this and although we really liked the dressing – the Brussels sprouts were just too greasy. I am going to make this for Thanksgiving dinner – but I am going to opt for roasting them instead of deep frying them.
*Ina Garten Roasted Brussels Sprouts says to drizzle with EVOO, salt & pepper and roast them at 400 for 35 – 40 minutes.
** Be careful not to over roast these – Michael Symon said if you roast them too long they become bitter.

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