Ceviche / Bell's Two Hearted
My mom made ceviche for lunch today! If you don't know what that is, it's a dish where the fish is basically cooked by lemon or lime juice and salt. This is a typical Peruvian dish, where I happen to be from. So I decided to try it with the last IPA in my fridge: Bell's Two Hearted. In Peru, ceviche is actually traditionally accompanied by beer. I read an article where someone was complaining about how drinking wine with ceviche is blasphemy because it completely overpowers the flavor of the wine, so you might as well just use a beer with it since beer isn't that great anyway ...Don't get me started. Anyway this highlights exactly why beer is so good to pair with foods. There are so many different styles, you're guaranteed to have something that will go well with your meal. And your IPAs will not lose their flavor if paired with a strong dish ;) Well my mom agreed that the Two Hearted tasted great with it. Plus it has a fish on the label so hey. If you want to make this you need to get aji amarillo (Peruvian hot yellow pepper) paste, which you can find at a Latin market. No replacement for that.
Okay well here is the recipe for Peruvian Ceviche:
1 and a 1/2 pounds Tilapia cut into small pieces
The juice of 8 limes
1 tsp aji amarillo paste
1/3 red onion
Cut the fish into small bite sized pieces. Place the fish, lime juice, and aji amarillo in a bowl. Cover with salt. Add some pepper, garlic powder, and cilantro. Cover with sliced red onion. Leave in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow it to cook through. Serve with sweet potato and corn.