Cooking out in style

Cooking out in style

Culinary Adventure

Cooking out in style

At an event held at Caperberry, there was an exciting Cook out session by three chefs, who displayed some unique recipes using beer as the key ingredient.

The place was full of aroma and everyone looked forward to watching the chefs use a variety of ingredients to come up with something completely delicious and different.

While the use of alcohol in cooking is not uncommon, beer is not something that is usually seen as an ingredient because of its bitter taste.  But the chefs believed that everything had something to offer when it came to cooking food and displayed their skills and came up with some great food ideas.

“Beer can give three types of flavours depending upon the use. Bitter from the hops, sour from the barley or an earthy touch,” said Chef Paolo Nonino.  He also informed that while wine is used as the cooking agent in Europe, beer is used in Germany. “You can use beer to finish a recipe or to de glaze,” he said.

In each of the recipes which were cooked, beer was used as flavouring or a marinating agent for the fish or the chicken because while it does add taste to food, it should not be cooked for too long. The beverage goes well with spices and has a character to it.

“But you can’t just add it to dal makhani and expect the dal to turn out well,” said Chef Suprabhat Roy. “When you start out you have to start by experimenting to get it right. But the two basics to be kept in mind while using the beverage are the taste of the beer and the cooking time,” he added.  

The menu for the afternoon was warm mushroom salad, made with garlic and parmesan, apple beignets with rosemary orange sauce, tagliolini with shrimps and John Dory in tomato sauce and sesame crusted steamed kingfish, Sauerkraut and Granny Smith Salsa.

And the key ingredient in each of these scrumptious dishes was beer which was used to add a distinct character to each of the recipes.  All in all, it was a culinary extravaganza where beer was blended with other ingredients to create delightful food that surely appeased most discerning of palates.

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