Opt for ‘ocean fresh’ when cooking for Dad this weekend! We’re thinking quick, QUALITY fixin’s he can eat with his hands! Help honor the Man, the Myth, the Legend with some seriously good seafood bites–all of which are made for immediate consumption!
Each of our three recipes here come expertly paired with a particular beer or wine, but feel free to play with our suggestions or go in your own direction, depending on what the old man likes. That’s always part of the fun.
Score right away with buttery Lobster Rolls [above], compliments of Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin. The meat is coated in a terrific tarragon aioli and rests on a bed of Boston lettuce, tucked inside each miniature toasted sandwich bun. Serve this fresh caught fare chilled by the pool!
Rye Wit (Belgian-style wheat)
“The initial sweetness, as well as the orange and coriander, would compliment the sweetness of the lobster meat. There’s some acidity in Wit beers too, which would help cut the mayo and richness. Freetail’s’ Wit would be a great choice. Available in 6 packs! Kölsch would be another good beer companion. A little malty sweetness up front with a crisp dry finish.” – Alex Rattray
Dad’s guilty pleasure just got even more decked out! These deviled eggs from Ralph’s on the Park in New Orleans are each topped with a whole crawfish tail and crowned with Petrossian caviar. Can you say crave-worthy Cajun!
Bat Outta Helles (lager)
“Simplicity is the key here. Helles has sweet, breads notes with a hint of hops at the end and finishes dry. You can drink it all day. Lagers can have a bit of sulfur in the aroma (not considered a bad thing in small quantities) so it wouldn’t fight the egg flavors and still have plenty of body to cut the mustard in the egg. Freetail Helles lager would be a great match and also it’s definitely the “all day grilling beer.” It’s what most of our brewers reach for after working in a hot brewery all day. Another style to try might be a Berliner Wiese. Slightly tart and acidic so would be more contrasting flavors. But still could be enjoyable. And they are low abv so another good one to drink all day.” – Alex Rattray
An all too easy snack for Dad, elevated with smoked trout. Spread our avocado mix (lemon/lime juice, sea salt, cracked black pepper) over a rustic baguette, and garnish with flaked smoked trout and a drizzle of olive oil.
SIMI Chardonnay (Sonoma County)
“Enjoy this food-friendly Chardonnay by serving it with smoked salmon with lemon aioli and toasted brioche; spot prawns sautéed with garlic, lemon, and parsley; or a caprese salad with ripe peach slices, basil, and fresh mozzarella. You can also pair it with roasted butternut squash soup with caramelized apples or mashed sweet potatoes with sage.”