Blueberry Strudels Paired with a Stout


I bought some blueberries a while back and totally forgot about them until today, so I figured I should use them quickly before they got moldy. I was thinking of making a sorbet with them (I haven't used my ice cream maker in so long!) but everyone in the house was craving something more like this. So I just cooked up some blueberries and strawberries with sugar and a little lime juice. Then placed the filling on puff pastry dough and baked them. For the pairing, I decided to try it with a can of Young's Double Chocolate Stout that was lying around in the fridge. Such an easy drinking creamy beer, it was almost like having milk with my dessert. But the subtle chocolaty flavors paired nicely with the strudel. I think it'd also be really good with a bigger, richer stout, but I liked that the beer didn't overpower the dish.

Just as a side note, my mom made aji de gallina today. It's a slightly spicy Peruvian dish with shredded chicken in a super creamy sauce. It's usually served with rice, potatoes, and hard boiled eggs. Damn, sometimes I think I should have a Peruvian food blog. You guys have no idea how good some of that stuff is! Anyway, so Brian came over today to have some aji de gallina (his favorite) and paired it with Young's Double Chocolate as well. It was a surprisingly amazing pairing. I think it was the creamy textures that worked so well together. Or maybe the sweetness of the beer with the spicy chicken. I couldn't stop going back and forth between the dish and the beer. Good stuff.

Anyway, I got off track. We had some extra blueberry filling so I saved it to use as a jam. We ate it with crackers and different types of cheeses. Yum yum. Also had some of the strudels with blue cheese on top. I don't know if you're aware, but putting a fruity filling inside a puff pastry and eating it with blue cheese is amazing. I don't know why, but it's something I always do.