Vegetarian Cooking With Beer
Here's my take on some healthy foods that pack
plenty of flavor.  Try these easy to cook recipes
and you won't be disappointed.  And of course,
don't forget my golden rule -
when in doubt use more beer!
Veggie Sausage Gumbo

1 cup frozen okra
16 ounces veggie sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces (Tofurky Italian
Sausage, Lightlife Smart Links Country Breakfast Style or similar)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup celery, chopped
3 cups vegetable stock
2 cups Pale Ale
Tabasco sauce to taste
2 cups cooked rice

Fry the okra until lightly browned and set aside.
Lightly fry the sausage pieces and set aside.
Combine flour and oil in a large pot, stirring constantly.
Sauté over medium-high heat for 1 minute.
Add okra, onion, pepper, garlic, thyme, and ground red pepper.
Cook for 1 minute on medium heat, stirring frequently.
Stir in veggie sausage, tomatoes, celery, vegetable stock, beer,
and cook 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Add Tabasco sauce if desired.
Serve over rice.
Beer Meatloaf

1 pound vegetarian ground beef
3 tablespoons ketchup
2/3 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/2 tablespoon horseradish
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup stout or IPA
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Press lightly into a bread loaf pan.
Wrap loosely with foil. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
India Pale Ale Mushroom Soup

2 onions, chopped
1 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons dill
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cups India Pale Ale
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons unbleached flour
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup Pale Ale

Heat 1/2 cup of water in a large pot and add the onions.
Cook over high heat, stirring often, until the onions are soft and all the water has
evaporated, about 5 minutes.
Add another 1/4 cup of water, stir to loosen any bits of onion stuck to the pan, and
continue cooking until most of the water has evaporated and the onions begin to
brown, about 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and spices.
Slightly lower the heat, cover, and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the IPA. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.
In a separate pan, mix the olive oil and flour to form a thick paste.
Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, then whisk in the pale ale and cook over
medium heat, stirring frequently, until steamy and slightly thickened.
Serves 6
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 vegetarian food Elaine recommends the
Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant, 15 So. Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
Elaine Alexander  -  wine, beer and culinary writer
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