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Ricotta Thyme + Olive Oil Spread With A Beer Tasting

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Friday night I hosted my first Craft Beer Tasting Party. I have to say that the challenge of making bar food based on a vegetarian diet was pretty exciting! I get so used to making things based on my diet, and never quite thought about it before, but I was more than excited to embark on this journey! That was of course until it came down to actually looking for recipes! Sweet Baby Jesus I never realized how hard it is to find vegetarian appetizers that are more exciting than carrots and celery along side a veggie dip!

Ugh, how do you all do it!

Thankfully my sister has more experience with it than I do, so she made an amazing Poutine, Falafel with Hummus and Tahiti Sauce , Cheese Board, and Mini Mascarpone Tarts! I ended up making a Queso Blanco, Ricotta Thyme + Olive Oil Spread, and the non original Carrot + Celery Platter with none other than a Veggie Dill Dip.

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If you enjoy craft brews, feel free to drop your suggestions in the comments below!

Ricotta Thyme + Olive Oil Spread

Ingredients

Ciabatta Bread

2 Cups Ricotta; at room temprature

1 Cup Whole Milk

4 Garlic Cloves; smashed and minced

4 Tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves

1 Tsp Dried Oregano

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt to taste

White Pepper to taste

 

Honestly, this is so easy you guys.

All your going to do is put your ricotta in a large bowl, add the milk and stir well until it is fully mixed as well as smooth and fluffy.

Then add your minced garlic, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper then mix well.

To serve, drizzle a bit of olive oil on top along with a few extra sprigs of thyme.

Serve alongside toasted ciabatta bread and enjoy!

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Here are a couple more pictures of the tasting, I hope you all enjoy and maybe have your own sometime soon!

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Also I highly recommend Hardywoods Raspberry Stout… it really tastes like raspberry jam. 🙂

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Ciao!

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Crispy Honey + Sriracha Wings

 

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Its no secret I love wings… the messier the better! While I have posted many different recipes such as Homemade Honey Mustard Barbecue Wings, Homemade Teriyaki Chicken Wings and Chinese Coca-Cola Wings, this is one I have been dying to try! While I dont like many spicy things, I am starting to see the light… and maybe with a little encouragement and some small baby steps I will be able to dabble in the land of Sriracha and Jalapenos more often!

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First order of business though is to crack open a nice and refreshing craft beer. You might need it to extinguish the flames if your anything like me. Honestly, one time I went to Buffalo Wild Wings with my sister and I got their Garlic Parmesan Wings… let me tell you I was burning up! That is the only thing on the menu that is not spicy, but here I am sitting at the table nearly reduced to tears while my sister has the time of her life laughing it up at me.

No big deal.

But with that being said, I am starting to ween my way into the land of fiery sriracha spiciness. Baby steps my friends, baby steps. Mind you this recipe is not as spicy as it sounds when I talk about it. I am not a normal person though, clearly, so the littlest spice is a lot for me.

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Ingredients

3 Lbs Chicken Wings

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (or any frying oil of your preference)

1/2 Cup Flour

Salt + Pepper

1/3 Cup Sriracha

1/2 Cup Katchup

1/3 Cup Soy Sauce

3 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

8 Garlic Cloves; minced

Cilantro; minced

Sesame Seeds

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Combine sriracha, ketchup, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and garlic then set aside.

Rinse and pat your wings dry.

In a small bowl combine four, salt, and pepper then pour over wings tossing well to coat.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until a pinch of flour sizzles when dropped in the pan.

Add wings in batches to avoid over crowding.

Cook 3-5 minutes each side until nice, crispy, and golden in color.

Set aside on paper towels or a cooling rack over a baking sheet so that they oil can drip away.

Continue working in batches until all the wings are nice and crispy.

Using the same skillet, combine the sriracha mixture to the hot oil and whisk well.

Add all the chicken back to the pan with the sauce, then cover and reduce to a simmer.

Allow to cook about 10 minutes then remove cover and and stir.

Cook another 10-15 minutes uncovered cooked thoroughly.

Then finally plate and sprinkled with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds!

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Sorry for lack of pictures but I didn’t intend to put this on the good ole’ blog… but with that being said, I hope you all try it and embrace the fiery goodness!

Cheers!

Beer Braised Sirloin Pork Chops

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Sooooo… please bear with me, I m a few glasses deep but still am committed enough to be a better blogger and have this posted tonight!

YAY!

So tonight I went grocery shopping and had something else totally different in mind for dinner, but once I got home and put everything away I decided I wanted to experiment a bit.

I ditched my original plans for fried chicken to go with a Beer Braised Sirloin Pork Chop with Mushrooms.

Mind you, if you follow my blog, you know I hate mushrooms, so this was really for the boyfriend and roommate lol. Such a caring roomie, aren’t I???

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Ingredients

4 Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops (3/4″ thick)

1/4 Cup Flour

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

5 Oz. Sliced Mushrooms

1 Purple Onion; Chopped

1 Tbsp. Dried Thyme Leaves

2 Garlic Cloves; minced

2 Tbsp. Butter

8 Ounces Beer (any dark lager will work)

Salt and Pepper

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First, set up a nice assembly line with your pork chops, flour, and a plate.

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Lightly coat each chop with flour and set aside.

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Then heat a sauté pan over medium heat and melt 1 Tbsp. of butter.

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Once it is all bubbly add the pork chops and quickly sear both sides.

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Once both sides are seared and have a nice golden crust around the edges, transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

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Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the same sauté pan then add your onions, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme.

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Sauté for one minute then add your chops back to the pan.

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Give the pan a good shake to situate the chops…

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Add the lager and give the pan another shake.

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Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.

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Cover and simmer for 8 minutes.

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Incase you are wondering what brew I used, there it is…

Now reward yourself with a bottle of Cabernet 😉

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And here you have it!

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