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Some people are foodies, well I’m a beerie (…that sounded a lot cooler in my head). That doesn’t mean I don’t like food; in fact, if I could do one thing for the rest of my life, it would probably be eat. I just don’t like cooking food. That doesn’t mean I can’t; it just takes way longer to cook food than it does to actually eat it.

Well, I was reading Aimee’s blog and I got inspired. I also got sick of my diet of frozen dinners and Subway sandwiches. So I decided that it’s time for another installment of “Cooking with Beer.” For some inexplicable reason I’m on a Cuban kick, so I decided to make Tostones (fried plantains), Arroz con Pollo (with beer!) and Flan Cubano.

ingredients

All the ingredients lined up nice and pretty. Already poured myself a glass of Pinot Grigio.

Turned out to be quite a daunting task. It took over half an hour and two glasses of wine just to get everything sliced up.

veggies

Chopped green bell pepper, diced onion and three cloves of minced garlic.

pollo

The "con pollo" part of "arroz con pollo"

spices

Oregano, salt, bay leaf, saffron, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and ground cumin

After that, I fried the chicken for a few minutes in olive oil, just until it was browned (I’d show you a picture, but really, it isn’t that pretty). From there, I sauteed the veggies in the leftover oil.

sautee veggies

Saw-tee them veggies.

Meanwhile, I watched the premiere of “V” on ABC. Gotta say, I’m not too impressed. It has Juliette from LOST on it (total hottie), and in theory you can’t go wrong with an alien invasion, but ABC just didn’t pull it off too well. It seems like ever since LOST became a runaway success, ABC has been trying to copy the formula with epic over-the-top shows. It’s just not working. But I digress.

After the veggies sauteed, I added the diced tomatoes (out of a can, I’m sorry to say), the spices, water and a bottle of beer. Now, I would have used Cuban beer, if I had any idea where to find it. I had to settle on Corona. My American ignorance thought “hey, proximity! Mexico is close to Cuba, right?” I brought that to a broil (well, a simmer, since I don’t even know what a broil is) then added the chicken and let it cook for 30 minutes.

mix water spices beer tomatoes

Water, spices, tomatoes and BEER!

At this point, the wine ran out. Luckily I had saved enough to cook with.

So sad

😦

From there I added the wine and rice and cooked for another 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I fried slices of plantain in vegetable oil.

frying plantains

It's like a banana...only not.

Now the flan was a miserable failure. The recipe called for me to mix 3/4 cups sugar with 1/4 cup water in a pan and melt the sugar. Well, the water evaporated off and the sugar burned, leaving me with a crusty, unusable pan. Having been cooking for over two hours at this point, I just gave up on it.

finished

Not too shabby.

The finished product turned out alright. It wasn’t fantastic, but that might have been because of my choice of beer. My first inclination was an IPA, but with Cuban food, that might not have worked out so well. A Red Stripe might have worked out better, but I was satisfied with the end result. It actually tasted better reheated for lunch.

Do you have any favorite recipes involving beer that I should try for my next “Cooking with Beer”? And don’t forget to help name my homebrew for a chance to win a free six-pack!

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