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.
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