Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Apple Agrodolce

Recipe courtesy Moto, Nashville, TN

  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup pancetta, diced
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • ¼ cup green apple, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • Salt, to taste

In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil, then remove from heat. Set the gastrique aside.

In a small skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and cook the pancetta until brown and starting to crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

When ready to serve, heat 3 inches of oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, to 350˚F. Add the sprouts and cook for about 4 minutes (in batches if necessary), until golden brown and crisp on the edges, and drain on paper towels.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the gastrique, pancetta, apple, chili flakes, and a pinch of salt. Add the sprouts and toss to coat, then season with salt to taste and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Pair It

Get creative and go for Ca’ Rugate’s 2015 San Michele (Soave Classico). It has perfect balance, crisp with citrus notes to complement the agrodolce.

Published on December 8, 2016
About the Author
Nils Bernstein
Contributing Editor, Food

A fan of sweet wines, sour beers, and old-school Rioja, Bernstein is an exhaustive traveler in search of new and unsung chefs and restaurants, innovative wine and food pairings, and eating and drinking at the source. In addition to Wine Enthusiast, Bernstein has written for Bon Appetit, Men’s Journal, New York Times, Men’s Fitness, Hemispheres, and Kinfolk, among others.


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