I can’t believe Labor Day Weekend is THIS weekend. GAH!
Per usual, I’m unprepared. These three-day weekends are always sneaking up on me. I guess when you work from home (and work 7 days a week most weeks), the days all kind of just blur together.
But have no fear! Because I have an easy and delicious recipe to help you celebrate the weekend. And hello, it has BEER in it, so that’s totally awesome in and of itself.
At any gathering, I can typically be found hovering over the appetizers, side dishes and desserts (oh and the cocktails, too). I can easily skip all the main dishes and be completely satisfied just grazing over the rest of the food items. If you’re a grazer too, then you’re definitely going to want to give my Beer-Marinated Cherry Tomatoes a try.
This recipe is a total breeze. Just quickly sautée some shallots and garlic in olive oil. Then stir in a couple pints of cherry tomatoes (I like to leave some whole and halve the rest), beer, vinegar and fresh herbs. And DONE! After letting the all the ingredients marinate together for an hour, you’re left with a batch of rich, flavorful tomatoes that you can use to top crunchy grilled bread, toss into green salads or pasta, serve alongside cheese and hummus, etc. The possibilities are endless! Anywhere you might use fresh tomatoes, you can use these Beer-Marinated Cherry Tomatoes!
Whenever I incorporate beer or wine into a recipe, I always tell people the best practice is to use something that you ACTUALLY like to drink. It will make your eating experience so much better. I chose Allagash Saison for this recipe. It’s relatively light, with both citrus and pepper undertones that I think pair really well with tomatoes. And, honestly, it just kind of reminds me of Summer (which is still is, by the way!). Try it if you can find it. Or use your favorite Summer-style beer. It’s all good!
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend. And If you try out this recipe, give me a shout out and let me know. I’d love to hear about it!
This post was originally published here on July 29, 2013. I’ve since updated the text and photographs. It’s a quick and easy recipe that I know you’ll love!
There are a lot of things I miss about living in Seattle, WA. The larger-than-life mountains. The availability of craft beer on virtually every street corner. And some of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. Just to name a few.
But this time of year, I mostly miss the free blackberries.
Blackberry bushes are an invasive species to the Pacific Northwest. And they are a thing that Seattleites just love to hate. Most of the year, they are considered a nuisance. Their dense, gnarly branches creep into every backyard, parking lot, alley way and hiking trail imaginable. And their thorns aren’t afraid to bite back, leaving you with holes in your clothing and blood on your hands if you attempt to tame them.
BUT! Then late Summer happens and HELLO free blackberries. Ripe for the taking. In the most literal way possible.
I used to pick buckets of blackberries almost every morning (and I had the purple tongue to prove it!) when I was out walking my dog. Now, I’m forced to purchase most of my blackberries from the grocery store (oh the horror). But I still manage to eat (and drink!) more than my fair share each Summer.
This Blackberry Sauce recipe is one I started making in Seattle, when I had more blackberries than I knew what to do with. And even though my availability of blackberries has reduced significantly, I still love making it today. It only requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of time. And it transitions flawlessly throughout the entire spectrum of mealtimes. Try it at breakfast with yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes or waffles. Use it as a topping for grilled chicken, pork or salmon. Or enjoy it with ice cream, cheesecake or pound cake. The possibilities are endless!