New Belgium Pairing: Grilled Jalapeno-Peach Goat Cheese Crostini

by Heather

When Foodbuzz asked several featured publishers to come up with a meal that paired well with any of the New Belgium brews, I knew exactly what to make:

A grilled-fruit salad with coconut shrimp and wit bier dressing.

citrus wit bier salad dressing

It made perfect sense: wheat beers and citrus go together like peanut butter and jelly. {Think orange slices in pints…} Fruit plus tangy dressing- I was set.

But I need a little more than salad to satisfy me, so I started thinking outside the box.

See, wine and food pairing has been an art for ages. Luckily for those of us that like beer, beer and food pairing is becoming just as popular.

Just like wine pairings, there are a few basic guidelines to get you started. Like red wines with meat and white wines with chicken or fish, the same goes for beer: dark lagers with meat and light ales with chicken or fish. The same way each type of wine has a distinct flavor composition that’s brought out even more by certain foods, the same goes for beer. And of course for both wine and beer, the rules are meant to broken: drink what you like!

 

Back to the menu plan:

The New Belgium {most famous for their Fat Tire} beer I chose was the Mothership Wit, an organic wheat beer brewed with barley malt, coriander, and orange peel.

new belgium fat tire beer

new belgium mothership wit

I asked a beer-brewing-connoisseur friend what went well with orange and coriander spiced beers besides, well, orange. As soon as he said goat cheese, my ears perked up. But just adding goat cheese to the salad would be boring and overdone…

Wit bier, a Belgian style brew, traditionally pairs well with spicy foods- the cool, lightly citrus flavored beverage refreshingly washes away the burn on your tongue.

So citrus, spicy, & goat cheese? Forget the salad. I had a better idea.

 

Grilled Jalapeno-Peach Spiced Goat Cheese Crostini

4 Tablespoons peach preserves

~ 20 slices pickled jalapeno

red pepper flakes

splash of lime juice

2 oz spreadable goat cheese {not pre-crumbled}

1 loaf crusty bread {such as French or ciabatta}

ingredients to make crostini

slicing french breadcrusty french bread

Cut bread into 1/4 inch slices.

french bread slices

Place on grill {or in the oven} just until the bread starts to toast- keep it crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. {I used a white wheat bread, feel free to choose whatever kind you like, as long as it’ll support the toppings.}

grilling bread

Dice jalapeno into small pieces.

diced jalapenos

Stir into peach preserves along with red pepper flakes and lime juice. Use more or less jalapeno & red pepper flakes depending on your spice preference. The sweet preserves do a good job at toning down the spice or the jalapenos, so if you’re not a spice fan, don’t be nervous; if you are a spice fan, ramp up those ‘penos!

jalapeno peach preservesjalapeno jelly

Spread goat cheese onto grilled bread slices.

bread and goat cheese

goat cheese crostini

Top with peach-jalapeno jelly.

grilled goat cheese crostini

jalapeno peach goat cheese crostini

Eat while still warm, or enjoy cooled.

peach jalapeno crostini recipe

Enjoy with a nice, cold, Mothership Wit.

mothership wit wheat beer

After sitting down with our drinks, we realized the bottle came with drinking instructions.

mothership with follow your folly

So we followed them:

Pour.

pouring beer

Swirl.

swirl beer bottle

Finish.

beer in chalice

Now drink.

foamy glass of beerbeer head

Oh, and you might want to make extra jalapeno crostini. I’ve already made them twice and devoured them all. I need another loaf of bread…

creamy goat cheese crostnini recipes

Check back tomorrow for the grilled-fruit coconut shrimp salad with citrus-wit bier dressing tomorrow- the perfect accompaniment to the jalapeno crostini.

 

This meal was made fiscally possible by the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program. Consider this my FTC statement.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or chime in }

brandi April 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

yum, the crostini sound so good! great light appetizer or summer meal!
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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) April 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

This flavor combo sounds SO amazing!! Love the sweet and spicy, plus creamy goat cheese. The beer sounds great , too… come September :)
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Sarah Jayne April 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

This sounds SOOOOO yummy, and Mothership Wit has been my FAVORITE (non-michigan) wheat beer (can’t deny my adoration of Oberon). GOOD CHOICES ALL AROUND.
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Heather April 24, 2011 at 7:35 am

Ooo I have to try Oberon then ;)

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thehealthyapron April 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

Oh my gosh, so this is the second blog I’ve visited that has used amazing crusty bread topped with cheese! Looks amazing! Kudos!

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Heather April 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

You can’t go wrong with crusty bread and cheese. ;)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

Those look so good! And I love beer with citrus. My favorite is a wheat beer like Hoegaarden with orange. It reminds me of summer.

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Heather April 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

Ooo I love Hoegaarden- I always forget about that one!

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Kristina @ spabettie April 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

great job!! this looks delicious and fresh! I look forward to seeing the salad! :)
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Elizabeth April 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Wow! This looks amazing!
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Caitlyn (The Spoonful of Life) April 22, 2011 at 6:51 am

Can I just come over for dinner?!
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Heather April 24, 2011 at 7:38 am

Of course! ;)

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Kristen April 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

This looks great! Do you think I could make the jalapeno peach mixture the night before? Would it still taste ok?

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Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama April 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Laura April 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks delicious and it’s vegetarian! And I always love a good beer. ;-)

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Kristl Story April 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I refer to this taste sensation as SWEET, SALTY, SPICY…YUMMY! You might want to try a sandwich called Texas Gold: grilled chicken, brie & candied jalapenos on ciabatta bread. Stumbled!
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Brenna @ Almost All The Truth April 30, 2011 at 12:28 am

Yum, that sounds so good!
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