The Crispy Brussels Sprouts appetizer from the Firepit Pizza Tavern in the Larkin development on Memorial Drive is an absolute winner. The combination of flavors is smoky, sweet, bitter, savory and tart, and it’s topped with bacon and blue cheese. Each mouthful was a pleasant surprise. Will they share the recipe? — David Hopkins, Atlanta
As you would expect, Firepit Pizza Tavern is known for its brick oven pizza, but since people cannot live by pizza alone, the restaurant also offers a selection of salads, sandwiches and hearty appetizers, including their Crispy Brussels Sprouts, the creation of chef Shaun Whitmer. The restaurant is open for dine-in, takeout and delivery.
You’ll want to cut the sprouts into whatever works as bite-size pieces for you. Depending on the size of the sprouts, that could be halved or quartered. The combination of sprouts, bacon and blue cheese is a delicious one and the dressing can be adapted for many other uses. As our reader says, this recipe is a winner.
Firepit Pizza Tavern’s Crispy Brussels Sprouts
White Balsamic Dressing
The restaurant uses blended oil in this dressing. That’s typically a combination of vegetable or canola oil mixed with olive oil. In testing this recipe, we use half olive oil, half avocado oil.
This amount of red pepper flakes makes for a spicy dressing. Adjust the amount you use according to your household’s tolerance for heat. Note that the dressing, when freshly made, is not that spicy, but as it sits, the spice is more pronounced. We thought any leftover dressing would be great with other hearty roasted vegetables or on a salad.
From the menu of … Firepit Pizza Tavern, 509 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta. 404-495-4777. www.firepitatl.com/
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