By: Jordan McMillan, Digital Marketing Published:
New England’s favorite football team is on their way to claiming yet another ring – which means it’s time to load up on beer and delicious food for the big game! We wanted to provide you some beerspiration (you know, like inspiration – but with beer!) for your party planning. These recipes are tried and tested and will be total crowd pleasers! And if cooking ain’t your thing, grab an IPA Adventure Mix Pack and call it a day. So whether you’re rooting for the West Coast or the Best Coast, don’t forget these Harpoon inspired eats!
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Pigs in a Blanket – UFO Gingerland Dough Recipe
Recipe by Harpooner Chris Murphy's grandma, Thelma Tinker Murphy, who passed this family dough recipe to him at her house when he was a teenager.
- 1 1/2 packets of fast rise yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 5/8 cup winter warmer
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3 eggs
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3-4 14 oz packages of cocktail franks
1. Dissolve yeast & 1 tsp sugar in ¼ cup warm water
2. Heat 1 cup of Winter Warmer on stove until it simmers, keep simmering for 2 minutes
3. In a large bowl combine butter, 1/3 cup sugar & salt.
4. Add 5/8 cup of hot Winter Warmer and stir until butter is completely melted.
5. Allow to cool and add prepped yeast with 3 well beaten eggs
6. Begin mixing, and gradually add the flour 1 cup at a time.
7. Add 1/4 cup milk while adding flour
8. Mix until well incorporated (at least 5 minutes)
9. Move dough into a bowl greased with butter, grease the bottom of a plate and cover.
10. Leave dough in fridge overnight.
1. Take baseball sized clumps of dough and roll flat into a circle.
2. Make sure to coat rolling surface with flour so dough doesn’t stick. Divide into triangles until you have 32 pieces.
3. Begin rolling from wide end.
4. Each batch of dough will allow you to roll between 125-150 pigs.
5. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes
Rye IPA Cheese Dipping Sauce
Recipe by Harpooner Chris Murphy
- 3/8 Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA
- 1 tsp olive oil or butter
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 small shallot
- 2 Tbsp cranberry juice
- 12-15 slices yellow American cheese
1. Dice garlic & shallot and sweat in a small saucepan until translucent.
2. Add beer & turn up heat to a good simmer and reduce for 2-3 minutes
3. Add cheese and stir to melt, if it's too thin just keep adding cheese until it's to your liking.
4. Stir in cranberry juice
5. Serve hot!
UFO White Orange Mustard Dipping Sauce
Recipe by Harpooner Chris Murphy
- 3/8 cup UFO white
- 2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
- 3/8 cup of your favorite spicy brown mustard
1. Add beer and marmalade to a small saucepan and reduce at medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add mustard and continue to heat for a few minutes.
3. Serve hot or cold.
Spiced Up UFO Mac
Recipe by Harpooner Julia Falk
Loosely adapted from I Love Pasta
- 2 ½ cups uncooked small pasta
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 8 ounces milk
- 12 ounces UFO White
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 8 ounces chipotle gouda
- 1 tbsp ground mustard
- pinch of black pepper
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup romano cheese, grated
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Cooked macaroni according to package but stop a minute early (the macaroni will continue to bake when you put it in the oven). We each put about 4oz of beer in the water to boil the noodles.
3. Heat a saucepan over medium high heat and add butter. Once melted and sizzling, whisk in flour to create a roux and cook until bubbly and golden, about 2 minutes.
4. Add milk and 8oz Harpoon IPA or UFO White into saucepan whisking constantly, then add cheeses and stir until melted. Once melted add spices.
5. Turn heat down to medium and continue to stir, cooking for 5-6 minutes while mixture thickens. It might not thicken like regular mac and cheese because of the beer, but you do want it to thicken slightly.
6. Add noodles to a casserole dish, and then pour cheese over top, mixing gently to combine. Don’t worry if it looks a little soupy! Resist the urge to add more noodles, trust us!
7. Top with panko bread crumbs (and romano cheese for the UFO version) and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.
Harpoon IPA Turkey Chili
Recipe by Harpooner Jordan McMillan
- 2lb. Ground dark turkey meat (or ground beef)
- 1 large yellow onion diced
- 1 Jalapeño
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Green Pepper
- 3 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 28oz can San Marzano tomatoes crushed
- 1 28oz can fire roasted tomatoes whole or crushed is fine just break up in pot
- 1 packet of chili mix (I used a spicy chili mix)
- 1 14oz can kidney beans
- 1 14.oz can pinto beans
- 1 14.oz can black beans
- 2 12oz Harpoon IPAs
1. Crack open 1 Harpoon IPA to enjoy while you’re cooking!
2. Chop the onion and garlic and sauté in half of a Harpoon IPA (can/bottle) over medium heat in a large stock pot until it is soft
3. Add the ground meat to the stock pot in 2 batches until it is browned
4. Add the tomatoes, peppers, jalapeño and the rest of the Harpoon IPA and cook over med heat until heated through.
5. Drain the beans and add to the stock pot.
6. Then add the seasoning packet.
7. Stir in and simmer over low heat for at least an hour.
8. Check it occasionally to make sure it isn't sticking or burning.
9. Enjoy with avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro or tortilla chips. And another Harpoon IPA of course!
*Disclaimer: Jordan M. is a Seattle native and struggled in writing the intro for this blog. The comments said above do not reflect her status as a 12th man.
As you read this, three kegs of Harpoon (IPA, The Long Thaw, and Leviathan) are being shrink-wrapped and palletized in preparation for shipment across the US of A. In a few short hours they’ll be loaded on a truck for transport, marked “We’re on to Seattle.” If all goes according to plan – and it will – in roughly 10 days the aforementioned Harpoon kegs will be tapped and pouring from the Elysian Brewing Company’s taps in Seattle. That’s how confident we are.
When it was determined that the Pats would be playing the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, our CEO Dan Kenary dialed up Dick Cantwell, president of Elysian, and proposed a wager: if the Pats win the Super Bowl, Elysian will pour three different kegs of Harpoon in their tap room and if the Seahawks win (ha!), three kegs of Elysian will be tapped in Harpoon’s Boston employee tap room on the Monday following the Super Bowl.
When it comes down to it, it’s pretty much a win-win beer situation.
And yes, we made doubly sure that all the kegs were 100% full before shipping... Go Pats!