Saturday, July 9, 2016

Cook Out with Bohemia!

For many, outdoor dining is one of the highlights of the summer months. Chef Rick Bayless has created two recipes with seasonal ingredients and the Mexican craft beer Bohemia to serve at your next cookout. 

Frontera’s Salsa Gazpacho

Makes about 3 quarts, enough for 6 to 8 main-course servings

5 pounds ripe red tomatoes (16 to 20 medium-sized plum or 12 medium-small round) 
2 seedless cucumbers, peeled
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 bottle (16 ounces) Frontera Habanero Salsa
1/2 cup Bohemia beer
2 cups torn (½-inch inch pieces) white bread
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Salt to taste, about 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons
1 ½ cups home-style croutons

1.      Chop enough of the tomatoes into a ¼-inch dice to a generous 1 ½ cups. Chop enough of the cucumber into ¼-inch dice to yield a generous 1 cup. Stir in the cilantro. Cover and refrigerate for garnish.
2.      Roughly chop the remaining tomatoes and cucumber. Mix with the Frontera Salsa, Bohemia, torn bread, olive oil and vinegar. In a blender, puree the mixture in 2 batches until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in just enough water to give the soup the consistency of a light cream soup, about ½ to 1 cup. Taste and season with salt. Chill thoroughly.
3.      Set out the tomato-cucumber garnish mixture and croutons. Ladle the soup into chilled soup bowls.  Pass the garnishes.

NOTE: This soup can be made ahead and even tastes better when allowed to sit overnight.

Raspberry Bohemia

Makes 6 drinks
1 1/2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen raspberry juice concentrate, thawed
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
6 bottles (12 ounces each) Bohemia beer, chilled
Optional garnish: whole raspberries

1.      Mix raspberry juice concentrate (undiluted) with lime juice in a pitcher. Refrigerate until serving time.
2.      To serve, pour about 1/3 cup of the raspberry mixture into chilled beer glasses. Top with chilled Bohemia. Garnish with raspberries for a refreshing summer beverage.

Source: Bohemia

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