I couldn’t think of a better title for this post, so I’m going with it.
My thinking for this meal went: I have four tart apples from my CSA that aren’t my favorite type for snacking on, I should make applesauce. People put applesauce on pork chops, right? I should put applesauce on some sort of meaty thing. Seitan cutlets would work, but I really didn’t like the recipe from VCON. How bout this recipe for chicken-style seitan cutlets? Okay, and I’ll have baked acorn squash and steamed collards on the side. That’s a whole lot of sweet in one dinner, what about something bitter to balance it out? I had good luck with the balsamic reduction for my stromboli, I wonder what a beer reduction would be like?
Thus was born Grilled Chicken-Style Seitan Cutlets with Savory Applesauce and Pale Ale Reduction.
It turned out pretty good, all in all. You can’t really see the reduction, the color blended into everything else. The seitan cutlets are great, I would highly recommend them. Good texture, and rolling them out with a rolling pin is MUCH easier than trying to stretch them by hand. There are some leftover in my freezer right now, and that makes me happy. The applesauce ingredients were minced red onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, lemon juice and peeled apples. It was very, very tasty. I loved the fresh ginger flavor that came through. The beer reduction…well…I wouldn’t recommend anyone make a reduction from beer unless they really like beer flavor to begin with. I used a pale ale, which was pretty hoppy and might not have been the best choice. It became very bitter as it reduced, so I added a bit of sugar and salt to help it out. It was okay. If I try a beer reduction again I’ll use a lighter, less bitter beer, maybe like a hefeweizen.
Speaking of beer, I was tickled to come home one night and find this selection of beer looking out from our fridge.
I have to admit that we normally keep a pretty decent amount of beers in the fridge, but not this kind of amazing selection. These were all either gifted to us, left at our house by a friend, bought as a single or the remainder of a six pack. As Homer would say: Mmmm, beer…