By John Schlimm
August 5, 2014
Sourcebooks; Trade Paper; $14.99
The ultimate party-in-a-book from the award-winning author of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook
The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour will take you to a whole new level of tipsy gratification by bringing some of the best bar snacks and beer cocktails straight into your kitchen. This hip new cookbook features over 325 irresistible recipes for delicious bar bites—from Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts to Taproom Tacos to Blitzed Bean Soup—and beer cocktails, chuggers, shots, shooters, chasers, punches, floats, and shakes, with nearly 1,000 related pairing suggestions using today’s most popular craft and seasonal beer styles. Whether you’re looking to host the next bash or simply create your own happy hour at home, this all-in-one entertaining guide will help you turn every bite into party night!
John Schlimm is a member of one of the oldest brewing families in the United States, Straub Brewery, beginning with his great-great-grandfather Peter Straub. A writer, educator, and artist, Schlimm is the author of several books, including The Straub Beer Cookbook, The Cheesy Vegan, and The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook (awarded “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by Gourmand International). His website is www.johnschlimm.com.
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John wants to share a couple of his great recipes.
Hippie Cayenne Sourdough Pretzels
From The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm
Worcestershire sauce, garlic and onion powders, molasses, and Frank’s RedHot leave nothing to the imagination when it comes to these seasoned sourdough pretzels. Perfect for any occasion, from happy hour to a campfire, these fiery pretzels pair nicely with a lighter Pale Lager or Pilsner, or even a heavier Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest, Pale Lager, Pilsner
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine (use recipe below or store-bought margarine)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (use recipe below or store-bought Worcestershire sauce)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dry mustard, such as Colman’s, or to taste
2 teaspoon mace
Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime
1 (1-ounce) packet dry vegetable soup mix
2 dashes Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce or Tabasco sauce, or more to taste
1 teaspoon molasses
8 droplets liquid smoke, or to taste (search Colgin.com for plant-based liquid smoke flavors)
20 ounces sourdough pretzels
Preheat 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the margarine in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, mace, lime juice, vegetable soup mix, hot sauce, molasses, and liquid smoke. Heat until just bubbly.
Using tongs, dip the pretzels in the mixture, one at a time, coating them completely, and place them on the baking sheet. Let the pretzels rest for 15 minutes, then bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Turn off the oven, and let the pretzels cool there thoroughly, for 90 minutes or so. Serve the pretzels or store them in an airtight container lined with paper towels for up to a week.
Yields about 4 cups
16 ounces coconut oil
1 ½ cups canola or sunflower oil
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
Attach a candy thermometer to the side of a sturdy, medium-size saucepan. Prepare an ice water bath in a vessel large enough to hold the saucepan.
Add the coconut oil, canola oil, coconut milk, mustard, turmeric, and salt to the saucepan, stirring well. Bring the mixture to 125°F over medium heat, then transfer the pan to the ice water bath, and continue to stir until the mixture firms up. Transfer the mixture to a container with a screw-on lid. Cover and refrigerate the mixture. The margarine will keep for about 2 weeks.
Yields about 4 cups
DIY Worcestershire Sauce
Traditional Worcestershire sauce is made using anchovies, and therefore not used by those following a plant-based lifestyle. One go-to source for plant-based Worcestershire sauce is the Annie’s Naturals brand of organic Worcestershire sauce (Annies.com).
Also, here is an easy homemade version:
2 cups cider vinegar
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook and reduce the mixture by half, about 20 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely before using. The sauce will keep in a tightly covered container, refrigerated, for 2 to 3 months.
Yields about 1 cup
Ultimate Beer Lover’s Oktoberfest Prize Pack items:
· 1 signed copy of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm
· 2 Humane Society of the US T-shirts (1 male M, 1 female M)
· Lucky Brand Jeans Gift card for 1 free pair of jeans
· 6 Straub Brewery Pilsner Glasses
· Coleman soft cooler with hard liner (red)
· Weber Barbecue Apron, black
· 1 OXO Steel Bottle Opener
· Set of 2 wooden snack bowls
· Set of 4 wooden coasters