Friday, September 30, 2011

Hold the Mimosa

Beer... for breakfast
Some would consider touching the stuff before noon dreadfully alcoholic, while some, our European counterparts in particular, wouldn't consider it anything out of the ordinary. Recently, The Wall Street Journal featured an article suggesting a few beer pairings for your typical breakfast fare.

Curious and enticed by the unusual suggestions (a milky stout with your morning bowl of granola?), my boyfriend and I set off to try Rogue's Chipotle Ale, best paired with your classic bacon and eggs.

With or without breakfast, this beer has great flavor.  With forty pounds of chipotle peppers in each batch, the ale lends to a crisp and smokey chile flavor. We decided to try it with a potato and seitan sausage hash, topped with a fried egg & a side of toast and salsa.
Here's our simple recipe:

-Sauté 1/2 an onion with several cloves of garlic
-Peel and cube a russet potato, toss into onion & garlic mixture, and cook until potatoes are soft yet crispy
-While cooking, season with spices to your liking. Beside salt & pepper, we added cumin, cinnamon, and smokey paprika to complement the chipotle ale. And to add a nice kick, we tossed in a jalapeno, but   a serrano or poblano would work too.
-Top with a fried egg and enjoy!

The results? A match made in heaven. You can kiss your Bloody Marys goodbye

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