BEER-GLAZED CARROTS

Serves 4.

Adapted from “Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, With Recipes,” by Jennifer McLagan. The sweetness of the carrots plays with the subtle bitterness of the beer. McLagan suggests a German lager: “Reducing the beer concentrates the bitterness and a lager doesn’t overwhelm the carrots.” They would be a good accompaniment to a simple roasted or grilled meat.

• 1 lb. carrots

• 3 tbsp. unsalted butter

• 1/2 tsp. sea salt

• 1 c. beer, preferably a German lager

• Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Peel carrots; cut into 1/2-inch rounds. Over medium heat, melt butter in a saucepan large enough to hold carrots in a single layer. Add carrots and salt; cook 5 minutes, stirring to coat carrots with butter. The carrots will release liquid. Pour in the beer; bring to a boil. Reduce heat so the beer bubbles gently. Cook about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots are cooked and the liquid is reduced to a couple of tablespoons. If carrots cook before the beer forms a glaze, remove carrots from the pan, keep warm and continue cooking until liquid is syrupy. Season with black pepper and more salt, if needed.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 123 Fat 9 g Sodium 427 mg

Carbohydrates 11 g Saturated fat 6 g

Protein 1 g Cholesterol 23 mg Dietary fiber 3 g

 

CAMPARI GRANITA

Serves 4 to 6.

Note: This recipe needs to be prepared in advance. Campari is a bitter aperitif. Adapted from “Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, With Recipes,” by Jennifer McLagan.

• 1 c. strained, freshly squeezed orange juice

• 1/2 c. Campari (see Note)

• 1/2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

Stir orange juice, Campari and lemon juice together. Pour into an 8-inch square metal pan. Place in the freezer. Stir mixture with a spoon every hour or so to break it up into large ice crystals. If you forget to stir the mixture and it freezes solid, don’t panic. To return granita to its granular texture, break it into chunks and pulse briefly in the food processor. To serve, spoon into chilled glasses.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 74 Fat 0 g Sodium 1 mg

Carbohydrates 11 g Saturated fat 0 g

Protein 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 0 g