The Holidays are over and, like most years, overindulgence may have played a part in your annual waistline expansion. Now, we’re not card-carrying dietitians but we do know that there’s still room for beer in any healthy diet – it’s purely a matter of prioritizing. Rather than sip on soda water with your cheese fries, why not make room for a beer by having a salad? Even better, why not use beer to make a flavorful dressing with all natural ingredients? Try this recipe for Windansea Wheat Raspberry Vinaigrette and think twice before giving up beer. Remember, nobody likes a quitter.
Windansea Wheat Raspberry Vinaigrette:
1/4 Cup Windansea Wheat
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Cup Fresh Raspberries
1 Tbs Italian Seasoning
2/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
Directions: Combine raspberries, honey and Windansea Wheat in a blender and blend until emulsified. You want this mixture to be a little on the sweet side, as the vinegar will balance it. Next, add seasoning, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil and blend on high. Congrats, you’re done!
The Pairing: Windansea Wheat is an unfiltered Bavarian-style Hefeweizen with a slightly sweet and fruity flavor profile. The beer’s fruity flavors are a natural compliment to the raspberry and pear, while its subtle sweetness is a nice contrast to the tangy goat cheese. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the yeast in suspension is rich in complex B vitamins.
Breakfast on weekends should be more exciting than high-fiber cereal and protein shakes. The weekend is our opportunity to indulge, to sample new foods and drinks, and to not feel guilty about doing it. Weekend mornings are for French toast, biscuits and gravy, Irish coffees, and mimosas – and this month beer claims a spot at the breakfast table. Below are a few breakfast recipes and beer-cocktails for the craft beer enthusiast with a penchant for barley based beverages before noon.
Windansea Wheat French Toast
Prep Time: 15min – Serves 2
4 Large Eggs
1/3 cup Windansea Wheat 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Orange Zest
2 tbs Butter
4 Slices thick-cut Egg Bread, Brioche, or Challah
Combine eggs, cream, beer, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and orange zest in a mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously for 2 minutes until batter is well blended. Add butter to large skillet and heat on medium-high until hot but NOT smoking. Generously coat each slice of bread in batter until saturated but still firm. Fry slices in butter for 2 minutes on each side, until slightly crispy and golden brown. Top with butter, orange blossom honey, and powdered sugar. Serve with scrambled eggs, bacon, and a Hefmosa.
Windansea Wheat Hefmosa:
Bavarian Hefeweizens are unfiltered wheat beers know for their banana and clove flavors. The yeast in these beers is rich in complex B vitamins, something your body might need a little more of on a weekend morning. A splash of OJ adds a nice flavor and a shot of vitamin C, why wouldn’t you want one of these with breakfast?
How to make:
Combine 12oz of Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen with 4oz of fresh orange juice.
Red Trolley Sausage Gravy
Prep Time: 15min – Serves 2
½ lb Pork Sausage
½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
½ tsp Fresh Rosemary (finely chopped)
2 tbs Unsalted Butter
2 tbs All-purpose Flour
¾ Cup Whole Milk
¼ Cup Red Trolley AleSalt
Brown pork sausage in a medium sauce pan until crumbling. Reduce heat to medium and add butter, salt, and pepper. After butter has melted, gradually add flour –stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes. Slowly stir in milk, about a quarter cup at a time, until the gravy begins to thicken. Add Red Trolley Ale and stir for an additional 2-3 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Serve over buttermilk biscuits with poached eggs and a Hop Hound.
Tower 10 IPA Hop Hound:
Hop Heads across the country crave the grapefruit hop flavors of a West Coast IPA but few are bold enough to enjoy this robust style with breakfast. Inspired by the Greyhound cocktail, this crafty mixture tastes awesome when paired with rich and savory breakfast fare.
How to make:
Combine 12oz of Tower 10 IPA with 4oz of ruby red grapefruit juice.