Featured Menu: Winter Beer Pairing

This featured menu is a blend of fresh flavors with nods to the winter season and its delicious gastronomic availability. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner-for-two or a late winter wedding, we’ve even made a few beer pairing recommendations to shake things up a bit from the traditional wine pairing that tends to dominate so many menus.

 

FIRST COURSE

CHICORY + ASIAN PEAR SALAD WITH HONEYBELL VINAIGRETTE

A CLASSIC AMERICAN WHEAT WOULD COMPLIMENT THIS LIGHT YET COMPLEX DISH

 

ENTREE

PAN ROASTED ARCTIC CHAR 

KALE + HARISSA MAPLE ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES

PAIR WITH A SAISON

 

DESSERT

CARAMELIZED HONEY BRULEE 

TRY PAIRING WITH AN IMPERIAL IPA LIKE PEDDLER BREWING COMPANY

 

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Photo by Tracy Benjamin

 

THE RECIPE: CARAMELIZED HONEY BRULEE

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

¾ cup honey

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

3 cups heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

¾ teaspoon kosher salt

8 large egg yolks

3 tablespoons sugar

 

HOW TO MAKE IT:

Preheat oven to 300°. Place honey in a medium saucepan and scrape in vanilla seeds; save pod for another use. Cook over medium-high, swirling pan occasionally, until honey darkens and smells almost burnt (don’t worry, this is what you’re going for!) and bubbling begins to slow, 5–8 minutes. Gradually add cream, then milk, to caramelized honey, stirring constantly until combined.

Whisk salt into egg yolks in a medium bowl, then stream in honey-caramel mixture, whisking constantly. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup. 

Divide among ramekins.

Place ramekins in a large baking dish lined with a dish towel (it will keep them from sliding around) and pour in boiling water around ramekins so it comes halfway up sides.

Bake until edges of custards are set but centers still jiggle slightly, 65–75 minutes. Remove ramekins from water bath and let custards cool, about 1 hour. Chill until firm, at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, sprinkle custards evenly with sugar and heat with torch until sugar is melted and caramelized to a deep amber color. Your goal is to make a thin, smooth, brittle crust that shatters when broken.

Do Ahead: Custards can be made 5 days ahead. Cover and keep chilled.