4 dishes to pair with your favorite beer
Seafood Spaghetti (pairs with lager)
Lagers are famous for their crisp and refreshing taste accompanied with a smooth finish. They typically go well with shellfish and other light seafood dishes. Cooking time: 25 mins. | Serves 2 Ingredients: 170g spaghetti 85g fresh squid 85g salmon 7 pcs. clams 5 pcs. large shrimps, peeled 1 handful broccoli florets 17g black olives 1 handful cherry tomatoes 4 pcs. dried chili pepper 129g Campbell’s Borsch Condensed Soup 44ml Campbell’s Chicken Stock 15ml white wine olive oil Procedure: 1. Boil the spaghetti according to the package’s instructions. During this time, cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Set aside and toss with a bit of olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking. 2. Poach the large shrimps and clams in a pan with simmering water. Cook until the clams open. Once open, remove and set both aside. 3. Add olive oil to a wok or large pan over medium high heat. Add fresh squid, salmon, dried chili pepper, and broccoli florets and stir fry for 2 minutes. 4. Add borsch condensed soup, chicken stock, and white wine to the pan and cook for a minute. 5. Stir in cooked spaghetti, cherry tomatoes, black olives, shrimps, and clams. Toss everything together and cook for an additional minute. 6. Plate and serve.
Hot Wings with Blue Cheese (pair with pilsner)
Dry, crisp, and bitter are the usual characteristics of any pilsner, along with a distinct hop taste. They are identified easily with their golden color, and are a staple amongst many beer drinkers. A favorite dish to go along with pilsners are wings, be it Asian inspired or plain buffalo. Cooking time: 1 hr. | Serves 2 Ingredients: 46g tomato sauce 34g sweet chili sauce 1 dollop Worcestershire sauce 1 dash Tabasco Pepper Sauce 7g honey 15ml dark soy sauce 2g fresh cayenne pepper 2 cloves peeled garlic, crushed 10 pcs. free range chicken wings
The Perfect Burger (pairs with ale)
Ales are some of the more robust and complex beers with their distinct fruitfulness, acidity, and bitterness. Due to their variety, they go well with a large range of food, but a favorite pairing has to be a burger. Cooking time: 30 mins. | Serves 6 Ingredients: 454g lean ground beef onion powder vegetable oil salt and freshly ground pepper Procedure: 1. Put lean ground beef in a big mixing bowl. Carefully use your fingers to mix in salt, ground pepper, and onion powder. Don’t knead, mangle, or squeeze. Keep the meat fluffy and pebbly. 2. Form beef into loosely packed patties. Gently pat each handful into a ball and make a dent in the middle of each burger patty. 3. Grill on a well-oiled grill or pan. Don’t press on burgers to prevent losing the juiciness of the burger to the pan. Flip burger a couple of times. 4. Add cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized onions, and anything you prefer.
Chocolate Espresso Truffles (pair with stout)
Stouts are typically dark and have a coffee-like character. They feature a roasted type of flavor. Desserts are a favorite to go along with a pint of stout. Some chocolate espresso truffles, for example, would perfectly complement the roasted flavor of a stout. Cooking time: 25 mins. | Serves 4 Ingredients: 340g bittersweet chocolate chips 3g instant espresso 177ml heavy cream unsweetened cocoa powder sprinkles Procedure: 1. Pour the bittersweet chocolate chips into the upper pan of a double boiler. Heat the double boiler over medium high heat to melt the chocolate. 2. Occasionally stir the chocolate with a whisk to. Once the chocolate is completely melted, remove the upper pan from the double boiler and set it on the counter. 3. Mix the instant espresso with the heavy cream. Pour this mixture over the chocolate and whisk together until you have created a chocolate ganache. The cream and chocolate will become smooth and uniform in color. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 4. When the ganache is firm, you are ready to roll truffles. In a shallow bowl, add a couple of heaping teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Powder your clean, dry hands with a little of the cocoa. Using a teaspoon, scoop up almost a teaspoonful of the ganache. Place the truffle on a clean, flat surface. Repeat with the remaining ganache. Refrigerate for an hour or so before serving. 5. Before serving, roll the Chocolate Espresso Truffles in your favorite sprinkles.