Experimenting with beer Batters lately, from Pilsners to stouts and everything in between. 2 weeks ago Brian and I reviews Mad Town Nut brown Ale by Madison’s Ale Asylum. It quickly became my favorite Nut Brown Ale, as it isn’t watered down like the Iconic International by the same name. This one is rich in flavor.
So I decided to try a bit in a beer batter mix and it was perfect! It added a bit of nuttiness and sweetness I was looking for in the batter. It was precisely the flavor I was looking for to batter a homemade Monte Cristo sandwich. This is a perfect Brunch offering. I use hearty Italian bread layered with Colby cheese and Mesquite shaved Turkey and a smoky Gypsy Ham with a nice cream sort of sliced white cheese. I used a nice local farmers cheese I picked up at the Glenwood market Sunday mornings in Rogers Park. I have also used Havarti, Emmenthaler and baby Swiss.
Batter the health out of the sandwich, covering the top, bottom and sides. Deep frying is best in a good hot oil. Can be done in a skillet French Toast style, but I like that middle nice and warm and gooey with melted cheese. Cook until golden brown, slice into 4s, sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar and chopped Cilantro. Serve with a raspberry/Jalapeno and cilantro jam for dipping. Stone ground honey Dijon mustard is an alternate.
We used Cilantro and the first ripe jalapeño from our garden and some local raspberry preserves. The honey for the Stone ground honey Dijon mustard was from local bees
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