Grilled Beef Carbonnade/Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To/Troubled Horse “Revolution on Repeat”
Want Chicago weather in a sentence? Last week we’re ringing in 80 degree heat with summery beer brats and this week we’re making stick to your ribs Carbonnade to warm us up in this 40 degree chill. We’re the city equivalent of a Russian banya experience. It’s a good thing we have recipes for all seasons and this classic Belgian beef stew was just the right thing on this blustery evening. A huge chunk of beef chuck roast gets seasoned then seared on the grill before being braised in a combination of bacon, onions, beer, stock, herbs and the kicker, blackberry preserves. Trust us, we mean, them, on this one. The tender stew is served over wide egg noodles and served up with the Belgian-Style Tripel, the appropriately named Beer to Drink Music To from Dogfish Head. Keeping things on the other side of the pond on the music front as well, tonight we’re spinning the latest from Swedish fuzzy doom rockers Troubled Horse and their LP “Revolution on Repeat”.
Grilled Beef Carbonnade – This recipe is going to take the better part of the day when it’s all said and done, mostly due to the low and slow braising that gets done in the oven. But before we get to that though, some grilling needs to be done. We’re going to season both sides of a chuck roast with simply olive oil, salt and pepper.
The roast goes down on a scorching hot grill for 5-7 minutes per side (4 sides total with this chunk of meat; top, bottom and both sides) to form a crust then gets pushed over to the cool side of the grill.
Now we start the braising process. Place a large foil pan on the grill and add 4 strips of chopped bacon. Once the bacon is browned and the fat is rendered, add 3 thinly slices yellow onions. sauté until soft and just starting to brown.
Turn up the heat and let the liquid come to a boil then reduce the heat to medium/low allowing it to become gravy that is ready when it coats the back of a spoon. Lastly we need to add 2 tablespoons each of blackberry preserves and apple cider vinegar.
Next we add the shredded beef and the gravy into a some cooked wide egg noodles and season with salt and pepper.
To serve we pile a big scoop of the beefy noodles on a plate followed by a little more gravy, a sprinkling of parsley and a tall Belgian beer which caps things off in delicious fashion.
Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To – We went back to these crazy east coasters tonight with Dogfish Head’s take on a Belgian Tripel, Beer to Drink Music To (yes, it does make sense when you first read it, but give it a second read through and you’ll be scratching your head too). This powerhouse beer clocks in at a 9% ABV but you wouldn’t know it right away with its unassuming pour revealing a clear bronze color with a good amount of effervescence. The head is minimal, dissipating quickly. The aroma is yeasty and floral with a banana-like sweetness. The flavor is where it will hit you; strong and boozy with a thick vanilla sweetness and mouthfeel. The beer is definitely a sipper, which also made it perfect with this hearty dish, the combination of the two would have kept us warm eating this dish on a cold night in Helsinki in the middle of winter.
Troubled Horse “Revolution on Repeat” – After a five year hiatus, Sweden’s Troubled Horse is back in a big way on the newly released “Revolution on Repeat”. The band continues to span different genres whilst keeping one foot securely in the doom section. The jamming starts off fast and loose on the aptly titled “Hurricane”, a cross between early 70s hard rock of Deep Purple and the straight up Swedish stoner fuzz as fellow countrymen, Greenleaf. Speaking of fellow countrymen, “The Filthy Ones” has a Witchcraft like prowess as it combines the darker and doomier baritone with jazz-like jamming acting as the foundation. “Which Way to the Mob?” is a melting pot of sorts mixing together 60s psychedelia, punk, eastern music and the traditional march to create that sounds as relevant now as it would have if it was released 50 years ago. “Peasants” sounds like a modern day version of Maiden’s “Wrathchild” excelling at the NWOBHM sound. “The Haunted” possesses (no pun intended) the evilness of early Pentagram immediately from the belltower pall of the slow bass line to the horror movie narration of the vocals, creeping and crawling as the morbid story unravels. There is a twangy, swingy spaghetti western/Flamenco swagger to “Desperation” that also dabbles in Doors-like psychedelic blues. Track 7 is “Track 7”. We just wanted to write that, but it really is titled “Track 7” and it shows the band showing off their sludge metal doom chops cemented by a monstrously heavy riff. “Let Bastards Know” is one of the best track on the album with it’s machine gun precise drumming, killer groove and solo and its liberal use of the wah wah pedal. The album closes with “Bleeding”, that starts slow and brooding then builds up steam as the song progresses. It’s a great doom release without any filler tracks and perfect for fans of Pentagram and Witchcraft.