Hop Flood Fried IPA Pickles

 

Back when I wrote the IPA Pickle recipe for PorchDrinking.com, I knew that one day those little slices of joy would transform into crispy bites of heaven – aka fried pickles. I’ve got a crush on fried pickles and when I say that I mean it, I’ve got it bad. Usually when I’m eating fried pickles, I’m at a bar drinking a cold one so I thought why not just combine the two and make everything better? These pickles soaked in IPA for a week and were also beer battered before meeting their maker in the hot oil. To top it all off, I served them with a dip that is probably going to become a staple in my refrigerator because it’s just that good. Go grab your deep fryer and lets make some pickles!

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Sage Chicken Puff Pastries

I was looking to make a quick dinner before Brandon and I headed out to the New Kids on the Block beer party. We needed a meal filled with protein and some carbs to lessen our inevitable hangover the next day. I had made a recipe similar to this one from something I found on Pinterest. I kept the basic concept of filling a puff pastry with chicken, but I found a way to make it my own. I knew I wanted to work with sage and I knew I wanted to try and keep it somewhat low-fat – so here’s what I came up with: Sage Chicken Puff Pastries. They have all the summery herb and lemon flavors that go so well with chicken, but also a bit of a kick from red pepper flakes. If you want to amp up the spice, add another teaspoon. For a side dish, I suggest roasting some zucchini. This recipe looks elegant but is extremely simple to put together. It’s the perfect way to impress some dinner guests! Serve it with the Utah Sage Saison by Epic Brewing and your friends will be asking to come over for dinner every night of the week.

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