5 whisky-infused snacks to liven up traditional appetizers

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Apr 06, 2020

5 whisky-infused snacks to liven up traditional appetizers
What if, like us, whisky also occasionally longed for a change of scenery? Read on to discover some great ideas for introducing spirits into your cooking and adding new flavors.

Chicken Dippers With Whisky Mustard

A classic ingredient for enhancing a dish, mustard has plenty of other surprising uses in store. For a fun alternative, swap your usual Dijon for a pepper and whisky mustard – the perfect accompaniment for most meats. It couldn’t be easier to make. Soak mustard seeds in whisky for 48 to 72 hours, then mix them with honey, vinegar, salt, pepper, turmeric, flour and oil. Let this mix rest awhile, and then it’s good to go! Keep the whisky theme going by coupling this aromatic mustard with chicken dippers and an Old Fashioned cocktail.

Whisky-Caramelized Pork

For an appetizing sweet-and-sour dish, pork caramelized in whisky is a tasty idea. This recipe is super simple to create. Pour about 100 ml of whisky into an oven-proof dish and add one star anise. Sear the pork belly in a pan and place it into the dish. Cover it generously with your whisky mix. Cook for 3 hours at 150 °C and then let it rest for at least 1 hour. Slice the pork into 2 cm thick pieces, then roast for 20 minutes at 200 °C until the meat gets crispy. Meanwhile, make the sauce: combine 4 teaspoons of artisan ketchup, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 100 ml of whisky. Coat the pieces of pork with the sauce and cook for 10 minutes more until the sauce gets thick and syrupy, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. All that’s left to do now is serve it up on skewers, with toothpicks or with chopsticks!

Whisky Flambéed Shrimp

When it comes to whisky, flambéing food may not immediately spring to mind. But it’s actually a great option! Its flavor goes extremely well with shrimp – which, by the way, also taste great with Pastis or port. To make this recipe, brown shrimp over an open flame in olive oil, add garlic and then baste them with whisky. Move the pan nearer to the flame to finish them off to perfection. Finally, serve it over turmeric rice for a complete dish!

Chocolate and Whisky Mousse

Even when making a great classic for dessert, you can still give it your own twist. Whisky and chocolate have once again proven to be the perfect combo. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Let your guests try this pairing for themselves with a chocolate mousse to share. To make this decadent dessert, combine 2 tablespoons of whisky with egg yolks and sugar. The spicy-herbaceous notes of the whisky will marry with the chocolate flavors for a daring and rich pairing.

Apples and Whisky Caramel

For a scrumptiously sweet-and-sour dessert, here is a simple recipe everyone will love. In a pan, melt 450 grams of soft caramel with 20 cl of whisky over a low heat. Once everything is thoroughly mixed (this can take around 1 hour), keep it on the heat. Cut approx. 6 apples into pieces and put them on sticks like lollipops. Finally, dip apples in the caramel. Serve with a cup of pecans and enjoy! Bon appétit !

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