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Brussels Sprout Waldorf Salad with Lamb Bacon, Apples, and Pecorino

Upmarket Salad with a Delicious Lamb Twist

4

Serves

45 mins

Prep Time

2 hrs 30 mins

Cook Time

Kate Fay

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Kate Fay

If you’re looking for a salad to impress with, then look no further. This gorgeous Waldorf-style brussels sprouts salad is loaded with delicious lamb bacon, apples, and shaved Pecorino cheese. It has an easy English mustard dressing that helps cut through the fat of the bacon.

It's perfect for a lazy weekend lunch, or as a side with your main meal.

The lamb should be brined the day before cooking. Doing so provides a greater depth of flavour and gives them a lovely tender texture once they are cooked. It also allows you to keep the lamb ribs for longer. Once the ribs are brined, you can then braise them and store in the fridge for 3–4 days.

This sticky and succulent lamb rib recipe is perfect for entertaining a crowd and guaranteed to get your guests asking for more. Smoked paprika coating adds great colour and flavour to the ribs – which are delicious, whether they’re eaten with your fingers or with a fork.

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Lamb,

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Breakfast & Brunch,

Lunch,

National Lamb Day,

Special Occasion & Entertaining,

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Ingredients

Waldorf Salad

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10-15 pieces lamb bacon

To make your own, see lamb bacon recipe in method steps

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100g walnuts

toasted or candied

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500g brussels sprouts

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2 small red apple

sliced into thin, matchstick-sized, strips

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3 celery stalks

peeled and sliced on the angle

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100g pecorino cheese

shaved or grated

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1 Tbsp olive oil

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1 Tbsp butter

English Mustard Dressing

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3 tsp English mustard

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100ml chardonnay vinegar

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a pinch sea salt

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a pinch sugar

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300ml pouring cream

Lamb Brine

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1 ½ Tbsp black peppercorn

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1 ½ Tbsp coriander seeds

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2 tsp fennel seeds

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2 tsp cumin seeds

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275g brown sugar

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170g sea salt

flaky

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1 Tbsp Himalayan pink salt

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6 garlic cloves

smashed or sliced

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sprigs fresh thyme

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4 bay leaves

fresh

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2 sprigs fresh rosemary

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1 ½ Tbsp La Chinata smoked paprika bittersweet

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1 tsp cayenne powder

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4L water

cold

Method

Brining Method

To braise Lamb

To make Bacon

To make Salad

1

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2

Using a fry pan that can also go in the oven, dry roast the black peppercorns, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cumin seeds over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes.

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Place the frying pan in the oven until the spices become fragrant (this will take about 4–5 minutes).

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4

Remove the spices from the oven and add to a large pot along with 1 litre of water, the brown sugar, flaky sea salt and pink Himalayan salt.

5

Bring the brine mixture to the boil whisking to dissolve the salt and sugar. Once they are dissolved add the remaining ingredients.

6

Remove from the heat and add the remaining 3 litres of cold water and allow to cool to room temperature.

7

Place the lamb ribs in a plastic container (do not use a metal container), cover with the brine and marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.

8

Remove from the brine and cook the ribs using the braising method.

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