Hang on…let me wipe my mouth. After I read the post on grilled salads from Karie earlier this week, nothing else has been on my flavor brain! I’ll be the first in line to create or order a well made steak salad…or scallop salad…and other delicious, creative, healthy and delightful salads.
Here’s the best part: I’m going to share a few ideas on how to increase the flavor quotient of these already sublime salads. Ready for it?? It’s time to bring on the Beerinades ~
Beerinade is a word I coined to indicate the use of beer as primary (or accenting) ingredient in a marinade. Since a marinade is designed to enhance deliciousness as well as tenderize the foods you soak, beer’s a perfect partner. See, it has a slight acidity that lends its talents to making the foods you want even better. How noble!
A few tips in creating Beerinades:
- Use beers with complementary flavors.* For instance if you’re prepping for carne asada, use delicate and medium bodied beers. Kolsch, Pilsners, and California Common styles fit the bill.
- If you’re grilling or frying some toothsome vegetables, Reds, Browns, and Ambers would be good matches. Their malty backbone will keep pace with the earthiness of the veggies.
- One of my go-to styles is chili beers, like Calapooia’s Chili Beer, for red meat, pork, chicken and tofu. It’ll give you extra zing without being bitter.
- Robust beers like Porters and Stouts are excellent for slow roasting, grill or slow cooker, as the flavors will caramelize as they cook. Rendering your work to an uber yummy experience.
CAUTION: Be careful of using IPA’s as they bitterness can unpleasantly linger after the cooking process is done. (I’ll share IPA cooking tips in the future.)
So grill up whatever you’re tummy desires, create a simple Beerinade, and toss it with those fresh salad ingredients. They’re just begging for the opportunity to shine the salady spotlight on the goods!
Till the next glass ~
- I part beer of choice, based on flavors desired*
- .5 part olive oil
- Add herbs that work well – dried or fresh
- Salt and pepper to taste
Play around with this recipe idea – it’s infinitely flexible and fun!
Pairing Suggestion: Chili Beer in the Beerinade for Carne Asada + warmed (on the grill) tortillas, fresh chopped lettuces, cilantro, and mango with mashed avacado, red onion, and lime juice.
…a marinade is designed to enhance deliciousness as well as tenderize the foods you soak, beer’s a perfect partner.
Author: Ginger Johnson
Edited by: Karie Engels