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Mack Daddy Beef Stew is a Hearty, Filling, Warm and Fuzzy Meal with a Magic Ingredient: Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

Recipe and directions by Erin Lockett
Photos by Neil Ruud
Erin Lockett is a food science student at UC Davis and focuses her studies on beer making.  As you will see, she’s a big fan of Brother Thelonious Belgian-Style Abbey Ale. We think her beer making studies are off to a great start!

Now that the thought of going outside chills me to the bone, I suppose it’s appropriate to start making some hearty, filling, warm and fuzzy meals. Mack Daddy Beef Stew is all that. Named for the confidence oozing from Thelonious Monk’s depiction on the label, this recipe uses Brother Thelonious, a malty, Belgian-style ale, which puts this stew on a whole ‘nother plane of existence in the flavor department.

BT-stew-5-Neil-Ruud(w)Ingredients
1 ½ lb chuck, cut into ½ inch cubes
¼ lb bacon, cut into ¼ inch slices
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ can tomato paste
1 cup Brother Thelonious beer
2 cups beef broth
1 potato, russet or gold, cut into mouth-manageable chunks
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ cup flour
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, minced

Equipment
1 large, sharp chef’s knife
1 cutting board
measuring cups (liquid and dry)
measuring spoons
1 oven-safe stock pot, or Dutch oven, 6 qt. capacity, with lid
2 large mixing bowls
1 paper grocery bag, top half cut off
1 silicone spatula
1 pair of tongs
1 slotted spoon1 dinner plate, lined with 3 layers of paper towels

Make Your Seasoning Sack
Place flour, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and pepper in your half of a paper grocery bag. Hold the opening together and shake it like a Polaroid picktcha to evenly distribute seasonings. Working in batches, place the chuck in the seasoning sack and lightly coat each piece with the flour mixture. Continue until all pieces are coated, then set aside. This would also be a good time to pre-heat your oven to 300F and move the rack to the bottom third of the oven.

Makin’ Bacon, Among Other Things
Heat up your large, oven-safe vessel over medium heat. Add bacon slices and cook until it is done to your liking, at least five minutes. Remove bacon from the vessel with slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels or that other half of the grocery bag. Add the onion, celery, and carrot to the vessel. Cook these guys on medium heat until they are all soft, about 20 minutes or more. If your bacon did not yield much fat, add some butter or olive oil. Remove vegetables from vessel and place in a large mixing bowl, set aside.

MEAT MEAT MEAT
Add butter and olive oil to the pot and melt over medium heat. When the fats are nice and hot (just the way I like it) add pieces of flour-coated chuck but please, whatever you do, do not crowd the pan. The meat should have about a ½ inch radius of free space around it at the very least. So, again, work in batches. Cook the pieces by flipping the pieces as they cook until all the sides are lightly browned, around 4 minutes per batch. When all batches are finished, set aside in another mixing bowl.

Are We There Yet?
Almost. Add some more butter or oil and let it get hot, again. Add garlic and fresh thyme to the pot. Cook on medium heat until it smells super good, around one minute. Turn off the heat now so you won’t start a grease fire. Gently pour in your beer. Use your spatula to scrape the brown bits off of the bottom of the pot. Then, add beef broth and tomato paste. Mix to incorporate. Add the bacon, softened vegetables, potato chunks and chuck back into the pot. Turn the heat back on, but this time, crank it up to high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Once a boil is reached, turn off the heat, put the lid on, and place in the pre-heated oven. Let it do its thang in the oven for at least an hour and a half, up to two hours.

Bro-T-Stew-Neil-Ruud(w)The Time Has Come
Hooray! You did it! Let it cool down slightly and go to town. Serve it with fresh crusty bread or some egg noodles. You can even add some frozen peas for extra flair.

Yield: ½ gallon plus a lil’ more

Notes: You can totally ask your butcher to cut the chuck into cubes for you, but I would not buy beef labeled as “stew beef.” It does not have enough fat to taste good for this application. Remember to wash your hand often, especially after handling meat. If you place meat on a cutting board, IMMEDIATELY wash it with hot and soapy water before puttying anything else on it. Same goes with anything (utensils, bowls, etc.) that comes in contact with raw or undercooked meat.

Good Vibes: Buying Brother Thelonious helps support exceptional jazz music education for public schools and promising jazz musicians.

 

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Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale and Salmon Make a Great Pairing

NCBC Le Merle 375 ml

Adapted from a recipe on CraftBeer.com

The mix of rich Gorgonzola cheese with warm balsamic dressing, the crunch of caramelized onions, a hint of lemon, and the aromas of tropical fruit from  Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale make this salad a light, healthy and delicious spring lunch or dinner.

Ingredients
8-12 ounces of fresh salmon
1 sweet onion
1 bunch of asparagus
1 bag/box of spring mix salad greens
1 lemon
Gorgonzola cheese
balsamic vinegar
honey
olive oil
Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale

NCBC Le Merle 375 mlPrep
Set oven to broil and the place the rack 6 inches from the heat.
Bring a quart of water to a boil, and place frying pan on the stove at medium-high heat.
Cover a baking sheet with foil, and place salmon skin side down.
Mix equal parts honey and Saison to use as a glaze.

Fish
Fish should take about 15 minutes to cook.
Paint the fish with the honey/Le Merle glaze when it goes into the oven and reapply 2 – 3 times as it cooks.
Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
Once done, squeeze fresh lemon juice over fish, cover with foil until ready to add to the salad.

Dressing & Final Preparations
Start slicing your onions. Thicker chunks of onion will caramelize better and retain their flavor in the finished salad.
Caramelize the onions in your frying pan with a very small amount of olive oil. Cook until the onions are tender, stirring only once or twice.
Remove the tough ends from the asparagus. Add the spears to the boiling water for about 2 – 3 minutes. Be sure not to cook them fully, as they will be grilled when you make the dressing—same with the onions. When almost finished, remove the onions and asparagus from the heat and put them aside until the salmon is finished cooking.
Once you’ve deemed the salmon fully cooked, heat up a few ounces of olive oil on medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add the onions and asparagus. Then add a few ounces of balsamic vinegar to the mix. Place the salmon over the greens, add the dressing and veggies, and crumble with Gorgonzola cheese.

 

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New York Steaks with Red Seal Marinade

New York Steak with Red Seal MarinadeNew York Steaks with Red Seal Marinade

Ingredients:
4 New York steaks, 12–16 oz. each

Marinade:
½ cup olive oil
1 cup Red Seal Ale
¼ cup lemon juice
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon Tabasco
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon pepper

Mix all marinade ingredients together. Marinate steak
8 hours in refrigerator. Grill meat to desired doneness.

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Good To The Very Last Bite… Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Buttercream Frosting and Easy Caramel Sauce

We found this photo on the Old Rasputin Facebook Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frostingpage and searched for the baker and photographer, Kristina Chrzanowski. After you read the recipes below, you’ll see that Kristina is an imaginative master baker with an appreciation for North Coast brews. We are grateful that she has shared her recipes with us and hope a few of you will bake up these cupcakes. They look mouth wateringly decadent and delicious!!

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
2½ cups sugar
2 (whole) large eggs
1 egg white
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
Generous ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
¼ cup buttermilk
1½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees | Place on lower rack
Makes 24 cupcakes

Cream butter with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add sugar, ½ cup at a time, until fluffy. Add eggs and egg white, one at a time, until fully incorporated.

In a separate bowl, combine flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Sift and set aside.

In a third bowl, combine stout, vanilla, and buttermilk and set aside.

Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture; mix until fully incorporated. Blend in half of the liquid mixture. Repeat with remaining flour mixture, then remaining liquid mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Gently fold in sour cream.

Fill cups ¾ full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until they bounce back when touched.

Easy Caramel Sauce (for drizzle and frosting)

Ingredients:
24 wrapped vanilla caramels
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon whiskey

Combine caramels and cream in double boiler, stirring constantly until smooth and creamy. Add whiskey, stir. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt. Set aside and cool for 30 minutes.

Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
5-6 cups powdered sugar
1½ teaspoons premium vanilla
2-3 tablespoons Easy Caramel Sauce (recipe above)
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese

There is a trick to the trade with a good buttercream frosting. You don’t want the butter at room temperature, but you don’t want it too cold. You’re aiming for slightly cool.

Cream the butter in medium bowl. Slowly add 5 cups powdered sugar, until full incorporated (if at any point little pebbles form and the mixture won’t combine, that’s because the butter may be too cool to absorb the powdered sugar. In this case, add 1 tablespoon cream). Add vanilla, caramel sauce and Mascarpone to the mixture until fully combined and creamy (if translucent or loose, slowly add additional 1 cup powdered sugar).

Frost the cupcakes after they have cooled down. Drizzle cupcakes with Easy Caramel Sauce and sprinkle with crushed Brother Thelonious Beer Brittle (click here to purchase).

BON APPETIT!

Kristina Chrzanowski
Erie, PA

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Food Pairing: Le Merle and Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula and Fresh Goat Cheese

Mushroom season still reigns on the northern coast of California. We offer some suggestions on food pairings that we like, based on a sold-out dinner this past November. North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food. Just don’t blame us if you keep coming back for more!

Appetizer: North Coast Brewing Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale and Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula and Fresh Goat Cheese

Let’s make this simple. You can use your favorite mushroom pizza recipe with the addition of fresh arugula, which has a peppery, mustard-like flavor, and a reputable 100% goat cheese. At the November dinner party we used fresh goat cheese from Navarro Vineyards, but we think Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale pairs especially well with Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog.

North Coast Brewing Le Merle cheese pairingLooking for a good recipe? Here are a couple of suggestions:

Pizza With Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Arugula and Walnuts (New York Times)

Arugula Mushroom Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza

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Food Pairing: Red Seal Ale and Grilled Mushroom Polenta, with Wild Mushroom Hash and a Fried Quail Egg

North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food.

Light Course: North Coast Brewing Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale and Grilled Mushroom Polenta, with Wild Mushroom Hash and a Fried Quail Egg

Grilled Mushroom Polenta
North Coast Brewing Red Seal AleIngredients:
1 cup polenta
½ oz. dried porcini mushrooms
1 lb. crimini mushrooms
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
½ teaspoon minced fresh oregano
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
Kosher salt and white pepper
½ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup grated Asiago cheese

Rinse the dried porcini mushrooms. Place in a small bowl and cover with warm water. Let stand 1 hour. Drain and reserve.

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions until lightly colored; add fresh mushrooms, garlic and rehydrated porcini and sauté until these additions are very lightly colored. Add the basil, oregano, and stock, and bring to a boil.

Slowly add the polenta, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent lumps. Reduce heat to simmer very slowly for 30 minutes, stirring regularly. The polenta will be thick and creamy. Add more stock if necessary. Add the cream and cheese, stirring vigorously. Spread polenta out on a buttered baking sheet and chill until ready to grill. Cut into rectangular portions and grill.

Wild Mushroom Hash
Ingredients
:
4 red potatoes
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. fresh chanterelle mushrooms diced
½ lb. crimini mushrooms diced
½ bunch fresh basil torn
1 tablespoon butter
1 quail egg (or fresh, organic chicken egg)

Dice potatoes and onions; sauté in a pan with olive oil until lightly browned. Add the chanterelles, crimini mushrooms and butter, and sauté until tender. Turn off the heat, add the torn basil, and toss. Serve over the Grilled Mushroom Polenta and top with a fried quail egg.

Serve with a glass of Red Seal Ale.

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Food Pairing: Brother Thelonious with Beef Tenderloin and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce

North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food.

Main Course: North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale and Beef Tenderloin with Sauteed Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce

Brother Thelonious Bottles and PourOld Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce (make in advance)
Huckleberries grow wild in great abundance on the Mendocino Coast. Locals often harvest them in late summer or early fall, freeze them in pint containers, and enjoy them year round. You can use fresh or dehydrated blueberries or wild Maine blueberries as a substitute.

Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh huckleberries
40 oz. Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout
10 oz. beef stock
10 whole black peppercorns
5 fresh sage leaves

Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2 hours. Strain and return sauce to pan on low heat. Continue to reduce until sauce is desired thickness, about another two hours.

Sautéed Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms
Ingredients:
1 lb. Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms (also known as maitake mushrooms)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

Heat oil and butter in a pan; add mushrooms and sauté until tender.

Beef Tenderloin
Use your favorite beef tenderloin recipe (here’s an easy one). Slice and top with sautéed mushrooms and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce.

Serve with a glass of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

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Food Pairing: Old Stock Ale with Candy Cap Mushroom Bread Pudding

North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food.

Dessert: North Coast Brewing Old Stock Ale and Candy Cap Mushroom Bread Pudding with Old Stock Reduction Sauce

North Coast Brewing Old Stock pourOld Stock Reduction Sauce (make in advance)
Ingredients:
40 oz. Old Stock Ale
1½ cups granulated sugar
4 whole cloves
2 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole black peppercorns

Put all ingredients in a heavy bottom sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Strain sauce to remove spices, put back in pan, keep heat low and reduce to syrup. This takes about 3 hours and will last up to a month in the refrigerator.

Candy Cap Mushroom Pudding
Candy cap mushrooms are the dessert mushroom. They are sweet and smell like maple syrup. You can purchase dried candy caps online. This recipe serves 4.

Ingredients:
1 loaf brioche (found at quality bakeries) – here’s a link to a recipe if you want to bake your own
6 oz. white sugar
½ cup dried candy cap mushrooms
8 oz. heavy cream
2 oz. dark brown sugar
9 oz. + 2 oz. milk
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
¼ cup turbinado sugar

Cut brioche into cubes and place in a buttered casserole dish or a 13” x 9” enamel or glass pan. Grind white sugar and dried mushrooms together in a food processor and set aside.

Candy Cap Bread Pudding with Old Stock Ale ReductionIn a heavy saucepan, combine cream, the mixture of white sugar and mushrooms, the dark brown sugar, and 9 oz. of milk and bring to a boil. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and remaining 2 oz. of milk. Slowly pour the cream mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly. Strain the egg/cream mixture through a fine mesh screen over the brioche. Let the bread absorb the mixture. Sprinkle the top with the turbinado sugar and bake in a 300° oven for 1 hour 10 minutes.

Serve on dessert plates swirled with Old Stock Ale reduction sauce and a glass of Old Stock Ale.

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Old No. 38 Stout Recipe: Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter, from Better Homes & Gardens

Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer ButterThe October 2012 Better Homes & Gardens issue has a whole spread on cooking with beer, including a recipe they recommend making with Old No. 38 Stout!

Here’s what they say about their recipe for Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter:

“Marinating the porterhouse steak in stout beer infuses it with bold coffeelike flavor, while our tarragon-and-stout butter adds a perfectly savory topper. Use your extra butter over hot vegetables.”

Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter

Makes: 2 to 3 servings
Prep 35 mins
Marinate 4 hrs
Broil 12 mins
Stand 5 mins

1    Porterhouse steak, 1-inch thick (about 1¼ lb.)
1    12 ounce bottle stout beer (Guiness)
1    tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1    tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2    teaspoons dried tarragon, crushed
½  teaspoon salt
½  teaspoon ground black pepper
1    shallot, finely chopped
2    teaspoons olive oil
½  cup butter, softened

Directions

1. Place steak in a self-sealing plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Set aside 2 tablespoons beer; in a small bowl combine remaining beer, mustard, Worcestershire, 1 teaspoon of the tarragon, the salt, and pepper. Pour beer mixture over steak in bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, turning occasionally.

2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, cook shallot in hot oil 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in reserved 2 tablespoons beer. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes. In a small bowl combine softened butter, shallot mixture, and remaining 1 teaspoon tarragon. Transfer to waxed paper, shape into a log. Wrap and freeze.

3. Preheat broiler. Drain steak; reserve marinade. Season steak with additional salt and pepper. Place steak on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat to desired doneness, turning once, broiling 12 to 15 minutes for medium rare (145 degrees F) or 15 to 20 minutes for medium (160 degrees F). Transfer to platter. Tent with foil and let stand 5 minutes.

4. Place reserved marinade in a small saucepan. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes (Do not overcook; marinade can become bitter).

5. To serve, slice steak into portions. Drizzle with some of the marinade reduction, and top each with a slice of frozen butter. Makes 2 to 3 servings.

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Old Rasputin Float

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin FloatOld Rasputin Float

Ingredients:
1 bottle Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

1 generous dip of premium vanilla ice cream

Fill a chilled glass with Old Rasputin. Add the ice cream. Enjoy.

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