In the wide, wonderful world of beer, stout with oysters is as foodie cliché as it gets. But this Philly born beauty screams for tradition with its delicious black roastiness and a balanced bitter finish. This stout is as straight-up as they come, and easy to throw down since it weighs in at 5.5% ABV. Whether at the tasting room or poppin’ around town, I have always enjoyed this nitro black beauty.
You will need a fryer, or a pan deep enough to immerse the oysters without crowding
The salsa (basically fresh cocktail sauce with a bit more…)
- 6 oz. Love Stout (drink the rest)
- 3 e. dried ancho chilies & 6 guajillo chilies
- 1/2 lb. tomatillos, blackened & roasted
- 1 e. poblano pepper, roasted, peeled
- 6 garlic cloves, roasted
- fish sauce
- sweet Thai chili sauce
- ¼ cup horseradish (or more)
- black pepper
- Salt to taste
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (or more)Directions
- Place your Yards Love Stout on the stove and bring to a boil.
- While waiting, toast your chilies in the oven, until fragrant. About 3 minutes at 450˚.
- Pour the hot Love Stout over your toasted chilies and tightly cover.
- Steep for at least 20 minutes, but overnight is best.
- Take the chili stout mixture and purée in the blender until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
- Purée the remaining ingredients together, reserving the lemon & horseradish.
- Fold your base in with your chili purée, adding your horseradish and lemon for a strong bite and an acidic kick…don’t forget the salt!
- 1 well chilled bottle of Yards Love Stout
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. corn starch
- 1 doz. shucked Washington State oystersDirections
- Place the cold beer on a pitcher. Allow for plenty of extra room.
- Using an immersion blender, start whirling the beer while slowly adding the flour, corn starch and salt to taste.
- Take your oysters, lightly coat them with flour. Shake off the excess and drop into the tempura batter, then gently drop into the fryer at 350˚, until crispy.
Now, I have always been one to boast, we all know this, but holy hell, these little bastards are awesome. Try it and tell me what you think!