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Beer Braised Beef.

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Beer Braised Beef

Beef Braised in Guinness Beer, topped in its finished sauce. Would be nice to try a Scottish Wee Heavy, or an Oatmeal Stout.

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Guinness is excellent for an ultra dark, rich gravy. The bitter was countered with molasses & spices. Recipe: Find a nice cut of roasting beef, cut into thick slices by hand or buy pre-sliced. Add slices to deep roasting pan in layers until 3/4 full. Add one bottle of dark or amber beer, several pulped cloves of garlic, a bit of thyme, salt, and a few tablespoons of brown sugar or molasses. Roast without lid, turning meat occasionally, at 375F until meat is tender and browned. Drain roasting fluids into a pan and finish into gravy with preferred thickener (flour, corn starch, beurre manie, roux) and extra brown sugar or molasses to counterbalance any brew bitterness. Serve.

Pumpkin Soup.

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Here’s a lovely roasted pumpkin soup.

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Recipe: Half and scrape clean a small pie pumpkin. Brush interior with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, cracked pepper, and insert 1-2 garlic cloves and a slice of ginger root. Place directly on oven rack and roast until fork pierces each easily.

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Allow to cool before peeling off skin. Add a few hot cups of your favorite broth, with an optional heavy dollop of cream, until desired consistency. Puree and heat gently on stovetop. Serve.