Michigan Brewing Company - High Seas IPA
- ABV: 6.0%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 70+
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
1 pound top sirloin, sliced thinly against the grain
½ Cup Peninsula Porter
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1T dark soy sauce
1t dark sesame oil
¼ C Canola oil
Chili Oil Dressing
1/3 C Canola oil
3 ground hot Thai chilies (or 2t Thai red curry paste)
6 Szechwan peppercorns
2T Sesame seeds
2T Peninsula Porter
1 ½ t dark sesame oil
1 bunch spinach, cleaned, stemmed, and torn
1 bunch red-leaf lettuce, cleaned, stemmed and torn
1 carrot, julienned and tossed in 1t fresh lime juice
1 bunch green onions, sliced thinly and tops cut into 2-inch lengths
1 can baby corn, drained and patted dry
1 small can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
1 small can straw mushrooms, drained
½ small bunch cilantro, leaves only
¼ C peanuts or almond slivers, toasted
In a bowl, stir the beef, Peninsula Porter, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil and let stand for 45 minutes. In a wok, heat 1/4 C of canola oil on medium-high. Drain the meat and stir-fry in three small batches just until cooked. Remove and set aside.
Prepare the chili oil dressing by heating 1/3 C of canola oil over medium heat. Remove wok from heat and stir in ground chilies or curry paste, Szechwan peppercorns, and sesame seeds, stirring for 1 minute. Allow to cool completely. Add soy sauce, Peninsula Porter, sesame oil, and sugar to the cooled chili oil. Toss meat into this mixture and allow to stand while you prepare the greens.
Arrange spinach and red-leaf lettuce on individual plates or a platter. Toss carrots and slivered green onions together and sprinkle over arranged greens. Drain the meat and reserve the chili oil dressing. Place the meat on the greens and arrange corn, water chestnuts, and mushrooms on top. Garnish with cilantro and toasted nuts. Pour remaining chili oil dressing over the salad.
Source: The Great American Beer Cookbook, Candy Schermerhorn, Brewers Publications.
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