Cape Grim Steak and Beernaise matched with Stone and Wood Jasper Ale

Kris: It’s nearing the end of another Tasmanian winter and the Stone and Wood Jasper Ale was a great beer to savour on a mild day in Hobart. It is based on the German Altbier style and I thought I would match it with a steak dish with beernaise sauce, which turned out to be an amazing lunch enjoyed in the winter sun. The Jasper Ale has a slightly sweet, nutty malt character and complimented the char grilled steak and the earthy character of the mushrooms.

Kris: Bearnaise sauce is one of the classic french sauces, quite similar to hollandaise, seasoned with peppercorns, tarragon, chervil and shallots. Instead of using a reduction of white wine and white wine vinegar, I opted to use some Cantillion 100% Bio Lambic, a sour barrel aged belgian beer. I actually think I enjoy the flavour of beernaise as opposed to the classic bearnaise sauce made with wine and vinegar.

Beernaise Sauce

 120ml Lambic beer

 8 peppercorns

 2 peeled eschalots

 2tbs fresh chopped tarragon

 2 tbs fresh chopped chervil

 2 egg yolks

 140 g butter (cubed)

 salt and pepper

 extra fresh tarragon

Method

Lightly crush the peppercorns in a mortar and pessle

Finely chop the eschalots

Place the eschalots, peppercorns, chopped herbs amd lambic beer in a small saucepan

Bring the liquid to the boil and reduce by half 

Remove from heat and strain

Place a stainless steel bowl over a half filled sauce pan

(Make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl or the sauce will overcook)

Bring the water to a slow simmer 

Add the strained liquid and the 2 egg yolks to the bowl

Whisk continually for 5 minutes

Begin adding the butter one cube at a time

(Make sure you don’t add the butter too quickly)

Keep adding the butter and whisking until you have a creamy sauce

Remove from the heat and stir in some extra finely chopped tarragon

Season with salt and pepper to taste

Kris: To compliment the Cape Grim steak and beernaise, I made a parsnip and cannellini bean puree and some beer braised onion and huon valley shitake mushrooms. I also kept the parsnip peels to deep fry and use as a crunchy garnish.

Parsnip and Cannellini Bean Puree

3 parsnips

 1/2 can of organic cannellini beans

30g butter

salt and pepper 

Method

Place the peeled and chopped parsnips in a saucepan of salted water

Cook until soft

Drain and place back in the saucepan

Add the cannellini beans and butter to the saucepan

Blend until smooth 

Season with salt and pepper

Beer braised Onions and Shitake Mushrooms

1/2 brown onion finely sliced

250g shitake mushrooms

60ml Stone and Wood Jasper Ale

olive oil

salt and pepper

fresh parsley

Method

Fry off the onion in some olive oil over a medium heat until translucent

Add the mushrooms and the beer

Cook for 3-4 minutes and add some fresh chopped parsley

Season with salt and pepper

Plating Up

Place some of the Parsnip and bean puree  on the plate

Stack some of the onions and mushrooms on top of the puree

Place the steak (cooked medium on top of the mushrooms and onions)

Pour over some of the beernaise sauce

Garnish with fried parsnip chips and parsley

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Broccoli, Beer and Blue Cheese Soup

Kris: As you have seen from previous posts, we have a small but productive garden in our backyard. Our broccoli is ready, so I thought I would make some soup to eat with 2 hoppy Amber Ales that I grabbed from the bottle shop; the Baird Red Rose Amber Ale from Japan and the Red Duck Hoppy Amber from Victoria.

Broccoli, Beer and Blue Cheese Soup

1 fresh leek

2 Tbs olive oil

Fresh parsley

fresh thyme

500g broccoli

1 potato

1 litre beef stock

330ml American style brown ale

150 g Gorgonzola

100ml cream

salt and pepper

Method

Fry off the sliced leek and some fresh thyme in the olive oil

Add a small amount of the beer and cook the leeks until translucent

Add diced potato and chopped broccoli and fry for 5-6 minutes

Add the remaining beer and stock

Bring to the boil and simmer for 25-30minutes

Let it cool a little and blitz using a blender

Put the soup back on a low heat and add the cream and blue cheese and stir until creamy and combined

Season with salt and pepper to taste

(Some blue cheese can be really salty so season to your own taste)

Serve with some fresh parsley and fresh bread

Kris:  Such an easy, tasty lunch on a mild winters day in Hobart. It is even better when the broccoli, thyme and parsley are all from your own garden.

Caroline: Such a hearty, sweet and salty lunch! Perfect with some crusty bread and a beer. A very warming meal for our freezing house..

Kris: I thought American style Amber Ales would be a perfect match to the Broccoli, Beer and Blue Cheese soup. The earthy, malty character compliments the vegetables and the big, hoppy flavours and aromas can stand up to the blue cheese. The Baird Red Rose Amber Ale is produced by an American brewer, who now resides in Japan. It is lighter bodied than most American Ambers, but was still a great match to the soup. The Red Duck Hoppy Amber, from Victoria, was the beer I used in the recipe, but it also worked fantastically as a match with our lunch. Bold, sweet malt and piney, resinous hop character, along with an ABV of 5.6%, this was the perfect beer to enjoy with a hearty bowl of our soup.

Caroline: Delicious lunch, thanks Kris

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