Monty's Beer & Food Recipes
The only way to enjoy a pint of Monty's even more, is to complement it with a good meal...
Monty's Beers were brewed with taste, flavour and satisfaction in mind.
For a meal to match your favourite pint, look below for some of great food ideas to keep your pint company!
Braised Welsh Black Beef
in Monty’s Dark Secret stout with Rarebit Croutons
This is a hearty dish made special with the addition of rarebit croutons.
Serves: 4 / Prep: 15 minutes / Cooking Time: 3 hours
• 1kg Welsh Black Beef braising steak cut into thin slices
• 3 tablespoons oil
• 2 medium onions thinly sliced
• 4 cloves garlic crushed
• 300g carrots, cut into batons
• 50g flour
• 2 teaspoons dry mustard
• 1 bay leaf
• 440ml Monty’s Brewery – Dark Secret stout
• 300ml beef stock or water
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 12 slices French bread or Ciabatta
• 60g Cheddar cheese
• Preheat the oven to gas mark 2 / 150°C / 300°F.
• Mix the mustard and flour together and then coat the beef with it. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and cook the onions for about 5 mins, stir in the carrots and cook for another 5 mins.
• Place the vegetables in a casserole.
• Add the remaining oil to the pan and brown the meat, then add to the casserole.
• De-glaze the pan with the beer scraping all the sediment off the bottom and pour over the meat along with the stock, bay leaf, sugar and seasoning. Cover and cook in the oven for 2½ - 3 hours.
• Preheat the grill, toast the bread on one side then sprinkle the other side with the cheese and grill until the cheese begins to melt and bubbles.
• Once the casserole is cooked place the rarebit croutons on top of the meat and serve immediately.
Brill and Chips with Pea Dip & Monty's Mischief
A flat fish with a succulent, slightly sweet flesh which is ideal for this recipe.
Serves: 4 / Prep: 20 minutes / Cooking Time: 20 minutes
• Heat the sunflower oil in a large pan. Meanwhile place the flour in a large mixing bowl and season with the Sea Salt. Add the beer or water and mix well until you have a smooth batter, it should be the consistency of double cream.
• Coat the fish in the batter and cook in the hot oil until golden and crisp. Be careful not to over crowd the pan. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Keep warm.
• Cook the peas and mint leaves in boiling water for 2 minutes and drain. Add a knob of butter and season well. Blend to a smooth puree and stir in the crème fraîche.
• Serve with the potato wedges which have been coated in the rapeseed oil and roasted in a moderate oven for 20-25 minutes.
• 1 Brill, filleted, skinned and cut into fingers
• 150g plain flour
• 200ml Monty’s Brewery - Mischief ale (or sparkling water)
• Sunflower oil for frying
• 300g frozen peas
• Sprig of mint, leaves removed
• Knob of butter
• Sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tbsp Crème fraîche
• 4 large Rudolph potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges
• 1-2 tbsp rapeseed oil
Mushroom Rarebit cooked with Monty's Sunshine
An ideal starter! Prepare the rarebit mixture in advance and chill until required.
Serves: 4 / Prep: 15 minutes / Cooking Time: 20 minutes
• Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/Gas mark 6.
• Prepare the mushrooms, wipe with damp kitchen towel and remove the centre stalk. Place the mushrooms, olive oil and garlic in an oven proof dish and leave to marinade for 30 minutes.
• Make a roux with the flour and butter and cook over a low heat for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and whisk in the milk and beer – Monty’s Brewery. Stir over a low heat until mixture reaches boiling point, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
• Add the mustard and most of the cheese and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
• Meanwhile roast the mushrooms for about 10 minutes until beginning to soften. Remove from the oven and top with the rarebit topping, sprinkling over the remaining cheese.
• Heat the grill to medium setting and grill until golden brown. Serve with a dressed rocket salad.
• 4 large mushrooms
• 6 tbsp olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 30g butter
• 30g plain flour
• 200ml milk
• 100g cheddar cheese
• 100ml Monty’s Brewery – Sunshine beer
• 2tsp mustard powder
• Salt and pepper
Welsh Venison & Monty’s Brewery Old Jailhouse Pie
Venison is a lean red meat, low in fat and cholesterol and full of flavour which is available all year round.
Serves: 4 / Prep: 25 minutes / Cooking Time: 2 hours
• Preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas Mark 4.
• Toss the venison in the seasoned flour to coat. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and fry the shallots and mushrooms until beginning to soften, transfer to a bowl.
• Add a little more oil to the pan and fry the venison in batches until lightly coloured. Remove to a bowl. Fry the bacon until golden and then return the venison and vegetables.
• Add the ale, stock, juniper berries and herbs and bring to the boil, cover and place in the oven for 1½ hours until the venison is tender. Using a slotted spoon divide the meat between 4 pie dishes. Discard the herbs and boil the liquor until it has reduced to a thick consistency.
• Pre heat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6.
• Cut the pastry to fit the pie dishes. Brush the rims of the dishes with water and lay the pastry over the filling. Brush with egg glaze and sprinkle with Sea salt if you wish. Bake for 25 minutes until golden and puffed.
• 800g Welsh venison haunch steak, cubed
• 2 tbsp plain flour
• 1 tbsp sunflower oil
• 16 baby shallots, peeled (or small onions, 1/4'd)
• 150g button mushrooms
• 6 juniper berries, crushed (optional)
• 2 rashers bacon, diced
• 1 sprig thyme
• 1 bay leaf
• 300ml Monty’s Brewery – Old Jailhouse bitter
• 200ml beef stock
• 1 x 375g ready rolled puff pastry
• Beaten egg to glaze
• Sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper