Winery Chef DJ MacIntyre shares one of his favorite patio pairing recipes. We hope you enjoy this cooking tutorial video for artisan flatbread.
Pairs with 2019 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir
Beer Cheese Sauce
YIELD: 1.5 QUARTS
Garlic,minced fine - 2 tsp
Vegetable stock - 2 cups
Heavy cream - 2 cups
Your favorite beer - 1 can
Cheese (cheddar, brie, gouda, etc.) chopped into ½” chunks - 2 cups
Corn starch - ¾ cup
Bay leaves - 2 each
Black pepper, ground - 2 tsp
Kosher salt - 1 tsp
In a heavy duty stock pot over medium-high heat, add the garlic, vegetable stock and cream, then bring to a boil. Once a boil has been achieved, turn the heat to low. Add the spices and beer, then bring to a simmer. In a mixing bowl add the cubed cheese and cornstarch. When the beer broth is heated thoroughly again, add the cheese and cornstarch. Using a whisk, stir until the cheese starts to melt. Then use a hand immersion blender to break down the remaining ingredients into a thick creamy sauce. Strain cheese sauce through a strainer and refrigerate for 1 hour. Sauce should be very dense. Store refrigerated until needed.
YIELD: 14 EACH x 9 INCH
Fast Rising Yeast - ¼ tsp
Warm Water #1 - 2 Tbsp
Pizza Flour, “00” Mimosa - 1,375 grams
Warm Water #2 - 875 grams
Kosher Salt - 22.5 grams
Canola Oil - 2 ¼ tsp
Mix yeast with warm water #1 in a small bowl and let bloom for 5 minutes. Then add the flour, water #2 and salt to the mixing bowl, then mix with the dough hook attachment. While mixing, add the canola oil. Mix the dough until it is not sticking to the sides and is wrapping itself around the dough hook — add more flour if needed. Dough should only stick to itself.
Leaving the dough in the bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, then add another layer of plastic wrap over the bowl. Leave the dough out overnight at room temperature.
Portion dough into 9 oz. balls (approximately 1 ⅛ cups) and place into a greased white proofing tray or covered Tupperware. Refrigerate any leftovers. Proof dough balls at room temperature for 1 hour. Any longer and the dough will be over proofed and loose. Alternately, if it is summer and the weather is hot, try proofing for only 30 minutes.
Dust hands and tops of dough balls with flour before stretching and tossing. Dough should stretch but not be loose and “runny.” Stretch dough to about 10 inches in diameter.
At this point you are able to add the beer cheese sauce and your favorite toppings. Then bake or grill at 400-450° for 8-10 minutes or until crisp.
For the remaining dough, you can cook both sides of the flatbread skin on the flattop or griddle set at 200°. Then let cool to room temperature for about 20 minutes. Transfer them to a large air-tight container and refrigerate/freeze until needed.
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