Vegetarian Cooking With Beer
Here's my take on some healthy foods that pack
plenty of flavor.  Try these easy to cook recipes
don't forget my golden rule -
when in doubt use more beer!
Easy & Quick Beer and Dill Bread
1 loaf

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces porter beer (1 bottle)
2 teaspoons ground mustard seed
1/4 cup minced fresh dill
1 tablespoon caraway seed

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8-inch-by-4-inch loaf pan.

Mix all the ingredients together and spoon into pan. Cook for 50 to 60 minutes,
or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
Guinness And Chocolate Cake

Serves 6 to 8

1 cup Guinness (or other stout)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder*
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoons fresh baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
Egg replacer equal to 2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan, place a round of
parchment paper on the bottom and butter it, then flour the pan.

Place the stout and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring
to a simmer. Whisk in cocoa powder until mixture is smooth.

Thoroughly combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl. In another
bowl, beat together the eggs and sour cream until well-blended.

Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour
mixture and beat briefly on slow speed.  Finish mixing by folding batter with a
spatula until completely combined.

Pour batter in the springform pan and bake cake until a toothpick inserted into
center of cakes comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Place cake on a rack and
cool for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the pan and cool completely.

For the icing - Beat together the cream cheese and sugar. Add cream and
vanilla and mix. Spread icing on top of cake to echo the appearance of a glass
of Guinness and its head of foam.
Double Beer "Meatballs" and Sauce on Pasta
serves 6

1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
3 Tbs. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbs.)
2 tsp. dried basil
1 small can tomato paste
1 cup pale ale

Seitan Meatballs
1 16-oz. pkg. seitan
1/2 cup stout
1/2 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbs.)
1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1/8 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. egg replacer powder
16 oz. whole-wheat pasta

To make the sauce
Simmer all ingredients in partially covered saucepan 25 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.

To make Seitan Meatballs:
Preheat oven to 400F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
Blend seitan in food processor until crumbly.
Add stout, and pulse until combined.

Transfer to bowl. Stir in breadcrumbs, herbs, 1 Tbs. oil, garlic,
soy sauce and oregano.

Whisk egg replacer with 1/4 cup water until frothy.
Fold egg replacer into seitan mixture.

4.Shape mixture into 18 balls. Place on prepared baking sheet, and brush with 1
Tbs. remaining oil. Bake 20 minutes, turning once,
or until crusty and lightly browned.

Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, and divide
among serving bowls. Top with sauce and meatballs, and serve.
Give these recipes a try and you won't be
disappointed.  They are quick, easy, and fun to cook.  
And remember, when in doubt just use more beer!
Be seeing you.....
For good beer and superb vegetarian food Elaine recommends the award winning
Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant,
15 So. Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
Elaine Alexander -  wine, beer and culinary writer
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