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Spent Grain Curry Burgers

11 Jul

A few months ago, I bought a kegerator. Yep, that thing that college frat boys pass onto each other from one year to the next, the fridge that’s bigger than a dorm fridge but smaller than your typical kitchen appliance, and that gadget which allows you to have beer on tap at home, 24/7.

And it is AWESOME. As a homebrewer, I had to bottle the beer up until recently, which was a major pain to do. The biggest selling point of the kegerator was that I no longer needed to bottle – simply transfer the fermented beer to a keg, set up the CO2 lines, and enjoy fresh draft beer whenever desired!

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All the ingredients for our latest homebrew.

If you’ve ever considered homebrewing, just know that there’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’s so much fun! The satisfaction of having beer that YOU made, always at the ready, is pretty darn cool. Brew day makes the house smell amazing. The anticipation of waiting during fermentation is fun. And obviously the end result – 5 gallons of your own beer – is just wonderful.

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The first step of brewing involves steeping crushed grains in a big pot of water. These grains are then discarded. Unless you’re crafty and savvy! Large breweries are coming up with sustainable ways to recycle their spent grain, such as using it for animal feed, cooking with it, or turning it into an energy source. Homebrewers have much less spent grain, which makes it perfect to cook with, like in my spent grain pancakes or waffles.

Last weekend’s spent grain took a more savory turn. I was first introduced to spent grain burgers at The Lucky Monk, outside of Chicago. My recipe is slightly different, making use of curry flavors to balance out the sweet, wheat taste of the spent grain. It’s simple, vegetarian, and can be made into frozen patties, perfect for a quick meal in the future!

If you DON’T homebrew, don’t despair! You could replace the spent grain with a variety of other wet, cooked grains, such as rice, millet, farro, and/or steel cut oats.

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I weaved romaine lettuce leaves to use in lieu of buns!

Spent Grain Curry Burgers, adapted from Brooklyn Brew Shop

Makes 10 burgers

  • 2 C spent grain (freshly spent, so they’re still soaking wet and warm)
  • 1 C cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 C ground old-fashioned oats (use your food processor, or use bread crumbs or cornmeal)
  • 3 eggs (or 3 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 8 tbsp water and set to gel)
  • 1/2 C curry ketchup
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1-1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Avocado or coconut oil, to cook
  • Burger accoutrement: buns or woven romaine lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, sliced pickles, mustard, curry ketchup, dairy-free cheese, and whatever else you prefer!

Mix all the ingredients together very well. It’ll be a slightly wet mixture when combined. Let set for a few minutes for the oat flour to soak it up.

Heat avocado oil in a skillet or griddle over medium-high. Use a spoon and your hands to form patties from the mixture. Cook 5 minutes before flipping and cooking another 5 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.

OR: you could cook as many as you want now, and freeze the rest for later! Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form patties with the remaining mixture and place on the baking sheet. Freeze until solid. Then, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and package into a freezer bags. Let thaw before cooking, as described above.

Serve hot with all the toppings you desire!


Spent Grain Pancakes

1 Feb

Yesterday was brew day!

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Let me tell you a secret: brewing is BORING. You have to be super sanitary, and the process is basically just boiling a pot of liquid, mixing in the malt syrups and hop pellets, and transferring to a big bucket where it sits in your closet for a few weeks (or longer), before you transfer to bottles. Bottling day is even worse and more tedious! But you know what? There is nothing more satisfying than cracking open a bottle of your OWN BEER once it’s finished.

But you know what? There is nothing more satisfying than cracking open a bottle of your OWN BEER once it’s finished. It’s fun to drink at home and share with friends, and the process somehow becomes addicting.

After making our first beer, I noticed the amount of waste involved – the grains that are steeped at the begging of the process usually go in the trash. Some craft breweries partner with local farmers to supply the spent grain as animal feed. Some homebrewers use their spent grain in compost which can be transformed into fertilizer. I wanted to pursue a tastier route: cooking with our spent grains! It’s easy to save the grains (I keep them in a bag in the freezer), and whether you keep them intact or dry and grind them into a flour, the possibilities are endless.

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These pancakes are a simple way to incorporate spent grains into your diet. Spent grains are naturally high in fiber and protein, so they make a wonderful addition to breakfast! Combine them with whole wheat flour, slight sweetness, and a bit of cinnamon, and you’ll have a stack of pancakes to devour in no time.

Spent Grain Pancakes, adapted from DRAFT Magazine
Makes 8 4″ pancakes

  • 1 C non-dairy mixed with 1 tbsp lemon or orange juice
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal wisked with 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp organic sugar
  • 1/2 C spent grain
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Preheat your griddle or large pan.

Let the milk curdle with the citrus juice at least 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the curdled milk with the flax egg, vanilla, oil, and syrup.

Whisk in the flour, sugar, spent grain, baking soda & powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until combined.

Once your cooking surface is hot, grease lightly. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop batter onto the greased surface. Cook for 2 minutes, or until bubbles begin forming on the top. Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and repeat with remaining batter, lightly greasing the surface between pancakes if necessary.

Serve hot with maple syrup, nut butter, macerated berries, or even whipped cream!

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