I often turn to the bottle to add intricacies of flavor and intrigue to a dish. Generally the alcohol is used to deglaze a pan for a quick sauce, or as a component of a braising liquid for a dish requiring more time.
My basic rule of thumb is for chicken and fish, I use a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, for beef a decent red and for pork, a dark beer. Of course rules are meant to be broken — last year I made a memorable pork dish with a Riesling, but I’m referencing generalities.
During the fall, I crave the flavors of pork and beer. My husband and I have been enjoying (in moderation; this beer delivers a kick) Michigan-produced Dragon’s Milk. To date, I’ve used it as an ingredient in barbecue sauces and as the base for an ice cream floats.
I used a couple of tablespoons of it in today’s recipe; however, any rich, dark beer may be substituted. The dish is marvelous with smashed sweet potatoes, which taste great with the sauce.
Returned from Viet Nam (re: previous blog) totally fried. Yet, thanks to constant hand washing and a vigilant use of masks while flying, we managed to skirt that horrid flu that is bowling down folks across the globe. So it seems wrong to complain about jet lag. But I’m still struggling. And here it is, St. Patty’s Day in … Full recipe post »
Most of my friends are in accord that it’s difficult enough to get your dwelling in shape for a party much less entertain, supply the bar and party food fare. Especially during the busy holiday season. My group is happy to pitch in, bringing a dish, a bottle, or in Frederick’s case (pictured at the piano) musical talent to help ease … Full recipe post »
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