Is This Britain's Best Pub Grub?
Gone are the days where the nation’s favourite bar snacks were a simple bag of pork scratchings, peanuts or crisps. Pub snacks have undergone a serious revival in recent years and have now become a reason in their own right to visit a pub.
Together with Michelin Starred Head Chef of the Hinds Head, Kevin Love, Leffe has created five gourmet bar snacks which can be easily recreated at home. Snacks include Beer Nuts, Kentish Rarebit, Scampi Tails, Duck Ham and a Stoempe Scotch Quail’s Egg - all of which complement the character and flavours of premium beer Leffe. Recipes can be found on www.leffe.com/gastrobiteawards.
Wine pairings are more commonly considered when restaurateurs create menus, it should be no different with beer. The recipes – from the creamy yolk of the quail’s egg to the savoury notes of the Duck Ham have all been perfectly crafted to complement the slight hint of bitterness, quince, gooseberry, bitter cherry and apple flavours of Leffe Blonde and the slightly sweet taste of Leffe Brune with its notes of coffee, vanilla and cloves.
Kevin Love commented: “The bar snack has undergone a revolution in recent years. Gone are the days of picking up a packet of pork scratchings – today’s customer is much more discerning.
“At the Hinds Head, we treat our bar snacks just as seriously as dishes on the main menu. Our customers expect exciting, inventive and adventurous bar snacks to accompany their beer and I hope that discerning beer drinkers will be encouraged to make my five new recipes for themselves at home.”
Emily Kraftman, Senior Brand Manager for Leffe at AB InBev UK, added: “Leffe is a premium Belgian abbey beer and tastes delicious with a wide variety of dishes. That’s why we’ve collaborated with Kevin Love to help develop the most premium bar snacks to accompany it. From our version of Scampi Tails, to a twist on a classic scotch egg, there’s something for everyone to try.”
To have a go at creating your own gourmet bar snacks that match perfectly with a glass of Leffe, watch Kevin in the kitchen by visiting www.youtube.com/leffeuk.
For recipes follow this link