Salad of Brussels sprout leaves, mozzarella and white anchovies

F rom Australian Gourmet Traveller, March 2012, p. 11o. Recipe provided by Matt Wilkinson. UNTESTED as at 22.1.2013.

The Recipe

“You just wouldn’t know how delicious Brussels sprout leaves in a salad are until you actually eat then in this way. This recipe can be adapted: use all sorts of delicious things you like.”

Serves 2 as an entree, or as a side salad to share

  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • 130 gms Brussels sprouts leaves (the outer leaves, not the tough inner ones)
  • 0.5 cup picked watercress
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 30 ml red wine vinegar
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp currants, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes then drained
  • 8-12 white anchovy fillets
  • 2 golden shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 buffalo mozzarella ball, cut into 8 slices
  • 6 basil leaves, torn
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Crusty French bread stick, torn, to serve

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Place the walnuts on a baking tray and roast for 3-5 minutes, or until fragrant. Allow to cool slightly, then roughly chop and set aside.

2. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the sprout leaves, allow to come back to the boil and cook for 1 minute. Drain, then refresh under cold water. Pat the leaves dry and place in a large bowl with the watercress.

3. Place the honey in a small saucepan over low heat, add the vinegar, bring to the boil, then add the olive oil and take off the heat. Stir in the currants and walnuts and set aside. This is the dressing for the whole dish.

4. Add the anchovies and shallot to the sprout leaves and dress with a little of the dressing. Place the mozzarella onto plates, arrange the sprout mixture around the mozzarella, dress with a little more of the dressing, then scatter over the herbs. Finish with salt and pepper. Serve with the bread to mop the dressing up with.


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