Happy New Year, everyone!
I'm sure I'm not alone on this, but one of my resolutions is to eat better and hit the gym. My motivation? My beer and food pairings, of course!
Today's featured healthy meal was designed totally by my other half, Ben.
I will attach his recipe at the bottom of this blog!
This dish is a chicken breast that was sliced open and stuffed with fresh mozzarella and spinach. The topping was a homemade tapenade full of green and black olives, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic seasoned with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
This is a list of characteristics I looked at when deciding what beer to pour:
My initial thoughts based on these factors were to pick a beer:
The magic that happened here was how PERFECTLY the beer complemented the homemade tapenade. And to be honest, you will have extra tapenade to layer on top of your chicken, so in reality, it becomes the star of the show. The chicken is basically a vessel for this delicious topping!
The malt profile of the beer totally connected with the earthy, rustic, herbal notes of the homemade spread. Dark, roasted malts LOVE salty food and the fruity Abbey malt added contrast to the saltiness of the dish. Meanwhile, the Saison yeast provided another level of earthiness that found solace in the topping. The high level of carbonation acted as the scrubbing bubbles to cleanse the palate, lifting the richness and preparing my mouth for another bite!
Wow. I do have to say 2016 has started out with a BANG!
If this meal is a sign of the year ahead, it will be AMAZING!
Try this dish on a chilly Sunday evening. You won't regret it.
Stuffed Tuscan Chicken A La Ben
Welcome to my blog! I want to show the world a simple meal paired with craft beer can elevate their dining experience to unique levels. Cheers!