After a pretty crappy Easter day, Easter dinner turned out to be a success! We will start out with the sides though, after much struggle, I decided to give beets a chance. I’ve always been skeeved out by them but after reading about them on Hungry Meets Healthy, I wanted to give them a fair trial. Enter this recipe for Roasted Beets with Feta, I thought maybe with the help of some feta cheese, maybe beets didn’t deserve the bad rap I gave them.
Me against the beets
Peeling them wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I thought the skin would have been more coarse than it was but soon enough the skin was off and it was time to chop up
I tossed in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper then roasted for 40 minutes at 40 degrees. Naturally while preparing these I was singing “Give Beets a Chance” to the tune of “Give Peace a Chance”
I tossed with feta cheese, lemon juice and green onions and voila-a new side dish to try!
I really can’t compare the taste of beets to anything I’ve had before as it seemed a bit gritty. But then again, coat something in enough extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and you can’t go wrong. After a few bites of conflicted feelings about this, I ended up loving this new side. Plus, it’s adds a pretty, unconventional color which I am all about.
I made deviled eggs for the brunch that didn’t happen due to me getting locked out of my house. I mashed the egg yolks with two packets of Dijon mustard and one packet of mayonnaise. I like the heat so I added paprika, black pepper and crushed jalapeno to give it a little kick.
I topped with green onions and hot sauce, absolutely delish!
And these disappeared while making dinner since I was starving!
Which brings me to the main course for Easter-Beer me a piece of chicken!
As a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I recently had the opportunity to create a recipe using New Belgium Beer. I received a stipend to purchase New Belgium beer and the ingredients needed to make a recipe of my choice.
Foodbuzz must read my blog because as many of you know, I am all about the beer. I like to know a little about the beer I was going to create a meal with and stumbled upon New Belgium’s core values:
Company Core Values and Beliefs
1. Remembering that we are incredibly lucky to create something fine that enhances people’s lives while surpassing our consumers’ expectations.
2. Producing world-class beers.
3. Promoting beer culture and the responsible enjoyment of beer.
4. Kindling social, environmental and cultural change as a business role model.
5. Environmental stewardship: Honoring nature at every turn of the business.
6. Cultivating potential through learning, high involvement culture, and the pursuit of opportunities.
7. Balancing the myriad needs of the company, our coworkers and their families.
8. Trusting each other and committing to authentic relationships and communications.
9. Continuous, innovative quality and efficiency improvements.
10. Having Fun.
This just made me love them even more! Hey New Belgium, if you’re looking for someone I know a girl who is going to be jobless come Friday and loves beer and having fun. Let’s make this happen!
After a failed attempt at fish and chips earlier this week (I didn’t even post it on here due to the enormous fail that it was) I decided to based my recipe off Chicken Vesuvio my mom used to make.
I made my own little creation using New Belgium’s Mighty Arrow Pale Ale
“MIGHTY ARROW Pale Ale provides lots of pleasurable sniffs from Amarillo and Cascade hops with a fetching honey malt base. This is our brewed tribute to Arrow, Kim’s Aussie/Border Collie mix who ran (literally) New Belgium for 12 years. When she wasn’t patrolling the brewery grounds, she was famous for her office visits: She never met a tummy rub she didn’t like. Atta girl Arrow.”
Target, Goldings, Cascade, Amarillo
Beer me a piece of chicken ingredients:
One bottle Mighty Arrow Beer
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oregano
¼ teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon garlic
Chicken leg quarters (I used two and a half)
I poured the beer in a mixing bowl then added the extra virgin olive oil
I added the oregano, salt, pepper, garlic, ground mustard then whisked to create this beautiful sauce
It’s like edible tie dye!
I let marinate for six hours then cooked at 400 degree for an hour
Chicken that was cooked perfectly— crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. What I liked about it was that it wasn’t completely overloaded with oil like my mom’s Chicken Vesuvio used to be (sorry Mom, it’s true!) I will definitely make this again and look forward to incorporating more beer into my meals since I clearly don’t get enough in my weekend activities.
Thanks New Belgium and Foodbuzz for giving me the opportunity to create a recipe!
Do you add beer to any of your recipes?
What did you make for Easter dinner?