Cooking With Beer: Meatless Mondays, Pt. 2

Editor’s Note: Samantha, a Stone Indoctrination Specialist and certified cooking geek, is back with another installment of her drool-inducing “Cooking with Beer” series (you can check out all of her recipes on her personal cooking blog.) This is the second of a two part vegan meal celebrating Meatless Mondays, which is enthusiastically embraced by the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.

Next up we have beautiful (and sophisticated looking) mini-mushroom leek tarte tatins. This is an incredibly simple recipe that looks super fancy. The mushrooms and leeks are cooked briefly with Stone Levitation Ale to deepen their flavors and accentuate the earthy notes. I used (vegan) frozen puff pastry here because, as much as I love cooking, I prefer to spend my time eating. So, if you’re really ambitious, go ahead and make your own puff pastry.

That's some healthy NOMNOM goodness

Mini Mushroom Leek Tarte Tatins with Stone Levitation Ale
3 c. mixed wild mushrooms, sliced (I used creminis, maitake, and oyster mushrooms)
3-4 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped (more or less, depending on how thyme-y you want it)
2 leeks, halved lengthwise and sliced into ½ inch half-moons
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
4 Tbsp. Stone Levitation Ale, divided
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large pan, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium flame. Add the leeks and cook, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes until lightly browned. Add garlic to pan and cook another 2-3 minutes until leeks are very brown and garlic is fragrant. Add 2 Tbsp. Stone Levitation Ale to pan and cook for a minute, scraping the pan with a spatula as you do. Set leeks and garlic aside in a bowl.

Add a bit more olive oil to the same pan and heat. Add mushrooms and thyme and cook, stirring frequently until mushrooms are browned thoroughly, about 8 minutes. Again, add 2 Tbsp. Stone Levitation Ale to the pan to deglaze. Cook one minute and remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Fancy little dishes!

Spray four ramekins with nonstick cooking spray or grease lightly with olive oil. Unfold puff pastry sheets. Cut eight small circles the size of your ramekins (two for each tarte).

Divide mushrooms among greased ramekins. Layer leeks and garlic on top of mushrooms. Top ramekins with two circles of puff pastry dough, each. Brush the tops lightly with olive oil (for nice browning), and poke the tops once with a fork for steam release. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes (keeping an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn).

The finished dish, in all it's delicious vegan glory

Remove from oven. To serve, place a plate face down on top of each ramekin and invert. This will result in a flakey pastry base topped with a mound of caramelized mushrooms and leeks. Serve with mixed grain salad and a simple green salad.

Cooking with Beer: Beef & Barley Squared Stew

For our latest collaboration beer, Stone Head Brewer Mitch Steele joined forces with Jeff Bagby from Pizza Port Carlsbad and Chuck Silva from Green Flash to create Green Flash / Pizza Port Carlsbad / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale, a deliciously sweet bottle of malty goodness.  Phenomenally smooth, Highway 78’s roasty, caramel notes reminded me of winter nights and camp fires, which inspired me to create something warming and hearty.

I arrived at stew right away—can we say comfort food?  But what sort of stew?  So I asked myself, “What would further compliment the awesome barley-ness of this beer?”  The answer: more barley!  Thus, Beef and Barley Squared Stew was born. The finished dish has a rich, deep flavor with a subtle sweetness from the Scotch ale and a distinct earthiness from the vegetables.

Don't you just want to drown in that delicious freakin' stew?

Feel free to play around with the seasoning in this stew but I find that, in this case, simplicity is best.  Let the wholesomeness of the ingredients shine through!

Beef and Barley Squared Stew

Ingredients

1/4 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 lb stew organic beef, cut into 1 inch cubes

4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided

2/3 c. chopped celery (2 large stalks)

1 c. chopped onion

1 c. chopped carrot

1 c. peeled, chopped rutabaga (1 medium), equivalent amount peeled and chopped potato

2 cups cremini mushrooms, quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced

2 c. beef broth, divided
2 c. stewed tomatoes (fresh or canned)

2 c. Scotch Ale (or a 12oz bottle)

1/3 c. pearled barley

1 tsp. thyme

1 bay leaf

Fresh parsley, minced, for garnish (optional)
Freshly grated parmesan or cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)

Combine flour, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.  Add beef cubes to flour mixture and toss to coat.  In a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat 2 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat.  Add coated beef cubes to the oil (reserving excess flour in the mixing bowl). Brown beef on all sides, about 5-8 minutes.  Remove beef from pot and transfer to a plate.

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Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil.  Add celery, onion, carrot, rutabaga, mushrooms, and garlic to oil and cook until vegetables soften and onions are translucent, 5 minutes.

Return beef to pot.  Combine 1/2 c. beef broth with remaining flour in mixing bowl, and mix until smooth.  Add mixture to pot and stir thoroughly.  Add remaining broth, tomatoes, Scotch Ale, barley, thyme and bay leaf to the pot.  Stir until well combined.  Bring stew to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to simmer.

Barley. It's in beer, too. Get it?

Allow soup to simmer 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally (1 hour is enough to cook barley and beef, 2 hours will make beef much more tender.) Season stew with additional salt and pepper, to taste.  Serve in large bowls, garnished with cheese and parsley, alongside some lovely, crusty bread and butter.

For a vegetarian alternative, substitute vegetable broth for the beef broth.  In place of beef cubes, coarsely chop a block of tempeh.  Prepare as with beef, dredging in the flour and cooking lightly prior to cooking vegetables.  Cook stew for 1 hour.  Another protein choice would be to add a can of kidney beans to the stew, rinsed and drained, in the last 20 minutes of cooking time.  Adjust seasonings to taste.

Editor’s Note: For more super rad beer-based recipes from Samantha, check out her fantastic blog.

Cooking With Beer: Sautéed Shrimp with Stone IPA Mango Avocado Salsa

Editor’s Note: Samantha is one of Stone’s beloved Indoctrination Specialists (i.e. Tour Guides) and a certified hardcore beer geek. Samantha has posted some great recipes using Stone beer over on her personal blog. When we’ve shared them via Facebook and Twitter, fans have responded with a chorus of pleas for more recipes. Ask and you shall receive: we are pleased to share Samantha’s fantastic recipes right here on the Stone blog. Without further ado, we bring you…Samantha!

February 1st?  Nonsense!  Surely it must be mid-August.  The weather in San Diego has been obscenely glorious over the past couple weeks and has inspired me to get in the kitchen and cook up some delicious and light summery dishes.  You know the type—vibrant, flavorful food you crave after a long day at the beach.  Of course, in my world, cooking isn’t cooking unless you’re cooking with beer.  So today’s recipe is for sautéed shrimp and veggies with mango avocado salsa, both utilizing that inimitable classic, Stone IPA.

Sautéed Shrimp with Stone IPA Mango Avocado Salsa

Shrimp Marinade
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp chili powder
1Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
Juice of ½ a lime

For Shrimp Sauté
1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 Tbsp butter or olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
¼ c Stone IPA

Salsa
½ ripe mango
1 avocado
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
½ clove garlic
3 Tbsp diced onion
½ jalapeno, minced
Juice of ½ a lime
2 Tbsp Stone IPA (use Ruination if you prefer a bolder, hoppier flavor)
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
First, mix all ingredients for the shrimp marinade in a large, shallow pan.  Add prepared shrimp to the marinade and toss to coat.  Spread the shrimp out in a single layer in the pan so they really get a chance to swim in the marinade.  Allow to sit, covered, for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.

While the shrimp is marinating, prepare your salsa.  Mix all the salsa ingredients, including the Stone IPA, in a medium sized bowl and mix gently (you don’t want to turn your avocado to mush).  Taste and add salt and pepper, if desired.  And hey, feel free to throw in more IPA if the spirit moves you! Cover and put in the fridge to allow all those flavors to mingle.

Time to cook the shrimp!  In a large pan, melt the butter or heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and bell pepper to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent.  Add the shrimp and the marinade.  Cook shrimp for about 3 minutes on each side, or until they are firm and pink.  Reduce heat and let sauce simmer for a couple more minutes to reduce.  Add Stone IPA and stir, mixing in the beer thoroughly.  Cook for about 1 minute more (but not too long or the sauce will start to taste bitter!).

Serve the shrimp alongside cilantro-lime rice (just add a bit of fresh cilantro, lime juice, butter and salt to cooked white rice), and top it all off with a healthy helping of mango avocado salsa.  This is a colorful dish with just a tiny bit of heat from the chili powder and jalapeno.  The flavors are bold and dynamic, the beer adds depth, and the cool salsa lends a wonderful contrast to the warm shrimp.  Enjoy!