First of all, next to homemade plantain chips, these are the best I've ever tried. I had to make an effort not to just snack them all away. Loved the beer on its own, as well. I couldn't get the idea of a Caribbean-inspired stew of sorts that featured plantains and peanuts, but the pretzel mix threw me for a loop there, so while that was the inspiration behind my dish, my finished dish wasn't very Caribbean.
I divided the beer between the pretzel mix and the stew, deciding to plop the pretzel dough on top of the stew in the form of a dumpling. The thing is, I wound up liking the stew better without the dumplings. While I love me some sort pretzels (like, a LOT), I thought this beer totally overpowered the pretzel mix and that both would be better served by not combining them. So, if you make this stew, I recommend just adding a whole bottle to the pot. If you want some pretzel dumplings, I'd use a less flavor-forward beer or just some carbonated water.
Overall, I was incredibly happy with what I created with my box of mystery ingredients and will definitely continue to make this stew (minus the dumplings) often.
Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen this time. I hope you'll drop by and check out what she made with the ingredients I chose...and also check out all of the other amazing dishes made by these F'ing Fabulous Food Bloggers in this round of our Mystery Box Challenge!
What's In the Box!?
- Beer-Braised Chicken with Coconut Curry Wild Rice by Bread Booze Bacon
- Chicharrones Chimichangas by Nomageddon
- Chicken, Plaintain and Peanut Stew with Pretzel Dumplings by All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Pecan-crusted chipotle chicken drumettes with cold couscous salad dressed with bacon vinaigrette by Forking Up
- Roasted Beet Hummus Moroccan Flatbread by NY Foodgasm
- Veggie-and-Spice-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Tropical Buckwheat Salad by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen