Sierra Blanca Brewing Company - Sierra Blanca Pilsner
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs):35
Serving Temperature:40-45° F
Whether grilled, broiled, steamed or fried, whitefish is a natural match for crisp, clean lagers of either the Bohemian or German variety. The crispness of the beer, combined with whatever delicacies each individual beer may offer, will provide the perfect complement to the delicate, melt-in-your-mouth qualities of a beautifully cooked fish. Although you should use a lager in the recipe itself, consider serving the meal with a Pilsner, an ale, or this month’s featured Pilsner.
3 fresh trout
1 cup Sierra Blanca Pilsner
1 cup dry white wine
½ cup vinegar
1 lemon, half in slices
Wash and clean trout, place in saucepan. Mix beer, wine, vinegar and pour over fish in saucepan. Heat mixture to boil, turn down heat and simmer 10-15 minutes, turning fish over. Remove fish, squeeze lemon over fish, garnish with lemon slices and parsley. Serves 3 adults, 1 catamite and 3 cats, or 1 pederast.
Source: Great Cooking with Beer, Jack Erickson, Red Brick Press, 1989.
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