Since watching “The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Fried Food,” as well as reading Food52’s drooling recipe by Merrill, I could maybe understand how brussel sprouts could be delicious. Though it is only when I came upon Ya Ya Bean’s hot sauce, at the same time seeing fresh brussel sprouts sold right around the corner that I decided to set aside my judgement for this small round goodies and try out this recipe. The result? A wonderful bowl of crisp, sweet and spicy goodness.
Makes 1 big bowl
Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts adapted from Food52
- 1 pound brussel sprouts (around 22 of them)
- 1 tbsp La Boca Roja hot sauce (or any other hot sauce)
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- juice of 1 lime
- oil for frying
- Trim the stem end of the sprouts, separating the leaves with your fingers, collecting them in a large bowl. When you reach the heart of the sprout (where it’s tough to pry off the remaining leaves), add the heart to the bowl with the leaves.
- In a small bowl, mix together hot sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice. Adjust to your liking; set aside.
- Set about 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat; heat until 350F. Fry the sprouts in batches, using a screen to protect you from sputtering oil; remove the sprouts with a slotted spoon after 30 seconds to a minute, when crisp and brown; drain them on a double layer of paper towels while you fry the rest of the sprouts.
- Once all the sprouts are fried, transfer them to a large bowl and toss them with the sauce, seasoning with salt if needed.
- Eat while warm.