Greetings Pontoon fans. As a devotion to our homebrew roots and love of craft brewing coupled with delicious eats, we would like to share some of our favorite recipes. What is “Spent Grains” you ask? Well, after the brewing process you have a heap load of delicious grains. Usually a brewery will donate these spent grains to a farm for cows or pig feed, but why should the livestock enjoy these delicious grains?! Instead we use them to cook all kinds of things so below we are providing some of our favorite spent grain recipes. Please let us know what you think and share some of your own recipes. Enjoy!
First off, my process for cooking does not follow recipes. I know, it’s completely opposite to our brewing process where we measure everything down to the tenth of a gram, exact ph of the water, exact time monitoring, etc etc. BUT coming from an Italian family where my sweet Italian Grandma says “if you are using a recipe then someone else might as well be cooking”. So with that said, I apologize for my non-exact measurements. Secondly, most of the recipes call for spent grain flour, this requires taking dried spent grains and pulverizing them to a powder. Have questions? Just ask, I love sharing my passion for delicious foods. Lastly, well maybe firstly , always cook while drinking a cold brew.
Spent Grain Chicken Parmesan
1 cup spent grains (2/3’s spent grain flour, 1/3 spent grains)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 cup Marinara Sauce (make your own, sauce out of a jar is yucky)
Couple slices of fresh mozzarella
½ cup of shredded Romano cheese or other grated cheese
2 chicken breasts
1) Grab a fresh beer and take a sip or gulp. Take a pinch of salt and throw it over your shoulder (its for good luck, just do it)
2) Mix your spent grain flour with the salt and pepper and then dredge your chicken in this mixture
3) Dunk the chicken in a bowl of whipped eggs covering the chicken and shake off any excess
4) Dunk the chicken in the spent grains covering them completely, shake of any excess
- These steps are part of the holy trinity of breading your chicken parmesan. Dry, wet, dry. The flour allows the egg to stick, the egg then allows the spent grains to stick. Boom, raw Chicken parmesan .
5) Put the Olive oil in a sauté pan and sauté both sides of the chicken until golden brown or until the breading becomes a hard crust, be careful not to overcook. This takes about 5-7 minutes
6) Put the marinara sauce on the chicken and then put the mozzarella and Romano cheese on top of the marinara (I use Romano because I like the flavor and its ability to melt better than parmesan).
7) Put in the oven at 375 degrees for about 5-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted
8) Enjoy with a cold beer! Beer pairing suggestion: I suggest a pilsner since these flavors are delicate, also would be delicious with a wine barreled aged amber ale. Whatever you enjoy
Spent Grain Pizza
1 cup of spent grain flour
1 cup of unbleached flour (best for the texture)
1 pack of active dry yeast (not beer yeast, I’ve tried)
1 cup of warm water (110 degrees)
1 teaspoon of salt
1 log of fresh mozzarella cheese
1 cup of homemade marinara sauce (once again, make you own, no premade jars, yuck)
1 table spoon olive oil
1 teaspoon of sugar
1) Mix active dry yeast and sugar into the warm water and let sit for about 5-10 minutes or until starts to bubble
2) Add spent grain flour and unbleached flour into the water mixture slowly while mixing with your hands (or in an automatic mixer if you are a fancy pants)
3) Mix/knead your dough until you get a texture that isn’t sticky anymore and turns into a workable mass. I usually mix more spent grain flour into dough until I get right consistency
4) Put the oil in a bowl and then put the dough in the bowl and let rest for about 2 hours in a warm area; while dough is resting it’s a great time to make your delicious marinara sauce. I would give recipe for marinara sauce but it’s a family recipe and if I share it then I would have to kill you, I’ve already said too much.
5) Press out the dough into a large cooking pan and add the marinara sauce and cheese. Add any ingredients you would like. I like pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, jalapenos, onions, mushrooms and garlic…yea go nuts
6) Heat oven to highest setting and put in oven for about 8-10 minutes or until the cheese melts
7) Enjoy with a cold beer. Beer suggestion: It’s pizza, any beer goes phenomenal with pizza, duh.
Banana Nut Bread
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of spent grain flour (add some raw spent grains too, whatever texture you like)
4 table spoons of butter
½ cup of sugar (more or less)
1 cup of crushed walnuts (or whatever nuts you like)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup of porter beer or chocolate stout
3 large bananas
1) Mix flour, spent grains, baking powder and salt
2) Mix butter, sugar, vanilla extract, beer, crushed nuts and banana pieces in a bowl
3) Combine both mixtures in a bowl and mix until get smoothish; add flour until get a good batter consistency
4) Put in a baking pan and smooth out
5) Put into oven at 350 for about 20 minutes or until you do the knife test. *knife test: poke bread with a knife and if knife is dry then bread is done
6) Enjoy with a beer. Beer suggestion: Chocolate stout or whatever tickles your fancy.