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Make it Reign in the Kitchen

Apr 11, 2014 Comments (0)  | Tags: Recipes Make it Reign in the Kitchen

If you're reading the Ninkasi blog, we assume you know how to drink a craft beer. Congratulations, that's an important life skill to master.

But do you know how to eat things with craft beer? (And no, we don't mean shoving some chips in your face between sips of Total Domination, although that IS a delicious activity.)

We're talking about cooking! It's another greatway to enjoy your favorite beverage. To celebrate Spring, we've got a couple of mouthwatering recipes that you can make with our seasonal favorite! These easy recipes are perfect for the warmer weather and pair well with our refreshing Northwest Pale Ale and all of your favorite Springtime activities.

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Don't forget to invite a master sous chef to help you out (we recommend a bottle of cold Spring Reign.)

Spring Reign Guacamole

A zesty guacamole dip perfect for dipping or topping off Total Domination Chorizo Potato Tacos!

Spring Reign Guac

Ingredients:

3 small or 2 large avocados, halved and pitted
1 large lime, juiced
½ medium onion, diced
1/3 tsp. cumin
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small or 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 bottle Spring Reign

Preparation: 

In a mixing bowl scoop out avocado and add lime juice. Coat the avocado completely in the lime juice. This prevents the avocado from browning. Pour off remaining lime juice and put aside for later. With a potato masher or a fork add cumin, onion, jalapeño, and garlic and fold into avocado. Add 3 Tbs. of Spring Reign and remaining lime juice to mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Then lightly toss tomatoes into mix. Cover with damp paper towel and put in refrigerator for an hour before serving. Drink the rest of the beer while enjoying your meal!

Spring Reign Tempura Shrimp

Spring Reign Tempura Shrimp

A Ninkasi take and on Japanese classic, this recipe is easy to make! With the perfect amount of lemon and a crispy, light batter, this savory and satisfying dish is definitely sure to please. Perfect as an appetizer for a crowd.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup of Spring Reign
3/4 cup rice flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 pound shrimp, tail on, uncooked, de-shelled, de-veined
3 cups vegetable oil or canola oil
1 lemon
Seasoning salt (optional)
Meat thermometer (optional)
Slotted metal spoon

Preparation:

In a bowl whisk Spring Reign with the rice flour until very smooth. Adjust beer and flour mix slightly if needed to reach desired thickness. The batter should be thick enough that it does not drip off the whisk right away, but not so thick and pasty that it is hard to fully cover a shrimp dredged through it.

Whisk in salt, cayenne, and garlic powder.

Let batter sit out at room temperature for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 375 degrees. It helps to use a meat thermometer to measure the oil temperature. If the oil is not hot enough when you put the shrimp in, they will become saturated with oil and turn out greasy.

Dredge the shrimp in the batter to get them completely coated. Let any excess batter drip off. Drop the shrimp in a few at a time so that they have enough space not to bump into one another. Be careful not to splash the very hot oil. You can lower the shrimp in with the slotted spoon to minimize splashing.

Cook the shrimp until the batter is golden brown and the shrimp are pink (usually three minutes or less). Be careful to not overcook or the shrimp and batter will be tough. Lift the shrimp out of the oil with the slotted spoon and place on a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Squeeze lemon juice over them to taste. Season with seasoning salt to taste. Serve!

Check out more great Ninkasi recipes here! Got another recipe idea for Spring Reign? Please share in the comments!


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