A few weeks ago we celebrated Joe’s birthday. Last year we were living in Texas and went to a 5-course beer dinner at a local brewery to celebrate. It was delicious but definitely not Paleo. This year instead of going out to dinner, I decided to surprise Joe and create a Paleo-inspired 4-course beer dinner at home. I know beer is not technically Paleo, but Joe loves trying unique beers (and so do I) so I thought it was a great way to celebrate.
I didn’t create these recipes on my own, but came up with some ideas of things I wanted to make and searched for Paleo versions to inspire me. The best part was probably the dessert. I’ve made coconut milk ice cream before, but with the recipe I used for our dinner, I had to make a custard by cooking the coconut milk with egg yolks. Usually I’m too lazy and if I see egg yolks in an ice cream recipe, I won’t even try. I’m glad I did because it was delicious! It was so good, I forgot to take a picture of it before we devoured it all…
The original recipe for the Orange BBQ Beef says to cook it in a pressure cooker and to use beef brisket, however I used a chuck roast and just put everything in the crockpot which worked great.
Surprisingly, both of us really like the German beer we tried the best. I didn’t expect to like it at all, but it was very tasty paired with the beef.
Click on the recipe titles to find the original recipes.
Spinach and Apple Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Pairing: Sweaty Betty Blonde; Boulder Beer Company
Baked Thyme Onion Rings
Pairing: Fixed Gear American Red Ale; Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Pairing: FM 966 Farmhouse Ale; Shiner Brewing
Orange Barbecue Shredded Beef
Pairing: Sheephead Ale; Brau Brothers Brewing Company
Pairing: Warsteiner Premium Verum; Germany
And there we are…happy and stuffed!