Smashbox by the Chef : Philippe Emanuelli's surprising mise-en-bouche

One month ago, we introduced The Smashbox together with Maison Dandoy, and it's been a lot of fun so far! Smashing and sharing the best quality speculoos ever made—awesome, right? But there's actually much more you can do with 3 giant biscuits and a little hammer. To prove it, we've asked 4 of our favorite chefs from Brussels to create a recipe using the Smashbox. And they've taken it pretty seriously.

Philippe Emanuelli is the chef behind Café des Spores and Crab Club. He is also behind super cool brands Supersec and Superbon. Using our Smashbox, he created an appetizer that is both surprising and incredibly sophisticated: young elm, chesnut and vanilla speculoos.

We think this gorgeous recipe would be perfect for Christmas Eve! Let us know if you end up serving it...



Young elm, chestnut and speculoos


·      1 young elm (clean it and pound it slightly beforehand)

·      1 knob of salted butter

·      A few cooked chesnuts

·      Dandoy Speculoos crumbs (for his recipe, Philippe chose the vanilla version from the Smashbox)



Brown the young elm in a pan with foamy butter. Cook for 2 minutes on each side.

Reheat the chestnuts using the same pan. Mash them with a fork.

Coat the fish with biscuit crumbs and serve with chestnuts.


Crab Club,

Chaussée de Waterloo 7, 1060 Saint-Gilles
Open on monday 19.00 to 22.00
From tuesday to saturday 12.00 to 14.00 & 19.00 to 22.00
+32 (0)472 55 46 95



Writer : Camille Darroux

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