Savory Crème Brulee, with Frisee Salad and pickled Kohlrabi



Smoked Trout
1 bunch watercress
6 oz smoked trout
½ cup pickled Kohlrabi, see recipe below
Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette, see recipe below

Shallot Creme Brulee

1 L heavy cream
1 cup shallots, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
8 egg yolks

Pickled Kohlrabi

2 cup distilled white vinegar
2 cup water
¾ cup sugar
5 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp yellow mustard seed
½ tsp dried hot red-pepper flakes
1 red onion, sliced
4-5 kohlrabi, peeled and cut into thin slices

Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

1 shallot, finely diced
1 lemon, juice and zest
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Shallot Creme Brulee

1. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine the cream, shallots, sugar and salt. Scald the cream until it is very hot to the touch but not boiled. This should take about 5 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks together then slowly add the hot cream to the yolks while whisking constantly. Strain the mixture into 6 ceramic ramekins and place in a baking dish. Carefully pour boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the custards are set when gently shaken. Remove the custards from the water bath, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate until firm.

Pickled Kohlrabi

1. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the onion and kohlrabi in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Place the onions and kohlrabi in another saucepan and stain pickling liquid over the vegetables. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Pour into mason jars and refrigerate.

Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

1. Whisk shallots, lemon juice, zest and mustard together. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.


1. In a bowl toss the watercress with the smoked trout, vinaigrette, pickled kohlrabi and red onion.  Top the shallot crème brulée, with prepared salad and serve.

Courtesy of Lynn Crawford – Food Network TV


  1. I have to say, this was lovely, even without the crème brûlée! (I know. I was probably missing the best part, but stilll, an inspired dish!). Thank you for the made-to-order egg-free version.

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