“Tuko hapa Nyayo, umepika?” (“We are at Nyayo. What have you cooked?”) I hesitated to answer the question. I knew I had nothing ready, yet my
impromptu guests were not too far off. My mum would literally slash my head off my shoulders if she found out people came home and left without something memorable in their bellies, even if the guests were mine and not hers, LOL! You see, there is a certain pressure that comes with being a food blogger. Everyone expects an elaborate banquet each time they visit your home, regardless of whether or not you are tired or you have been surviving on (delicious!) left overs. We all have those times when we just have nothing grand to present, regardless of whether you are Siba or Kaluhi. But in an African home, when guest come knocking, you have to provide. And as a food blogger, you just have to pull all the stops. I just had to deliver. #pressure
Since I was a bit time strapped & feeling a bit lazy yet still excited to have my friends over, I just had to make it work. I decided to make my cheesy Guinness beef samosas. I took an ingenious shortcut along the way, but I was sure using my Guinness and part of adding flavor to my samosa filling would be dynamite!!! As you all know, I always go an extra mile :)). These were cleared so fast coz they were just that good! Thinking about something to ring down the weekend? This is it, baby!
PREP TIME: 20 MIN COOK TIME:50 MINUTES MAKES: 25
500 g of minced beef
1 1/2 cups of spring onions, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of coriander powder
1/2 a tablespoon of turmeric powder
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
6 cloves of garlic, minced
½ a cup of Guinness stout
Samosa pastry (home made or store bought)
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
In a pan, add some vegetable oil and your minced beef and cook until it on high heat until it has just began to brown. Add your spring onion,minced garlic, turmeric, coriander powder, black pepper, salt and tomato paste and let this cook down for about 2 minutes. You always have to season your meat filling!!! Do not stuff your samosas with just plain boiled minced beef. No! Always season your minced beef!
Remember on Twitter during our #KaluhiKonversations how we pointed out how bomb spring onions taste with samosas? This was one of the moments to really let this ingredient shine. Read thorough that thread when we spoke about onions, learn a thing or two and follow me on Twitter if you haven’t for more interesting Konversations. Thank you @UtopianFantasy for the dope hashtag suggestion :**
Instead of adding water or beef/vegetable stock into your beef to cook down the spices, this time, we are taking it up a notch by using Guinness instead. It is absolutely perfect since it develops the flavor even further. The mild bitterness of this beer helps tenderize your meat and balance out the flavors of the spices used. The malt beautifully brings out the savoriness of the beef and will later on pair perfectly with the cheese. Also, because of the drink’s dark color as a result of the stout, it contributes to the appealing color of the meat as it cooks down which adds to its overall visual appeal.
For 500g of beef, I used 1/2 a cup of Guinness, which is about 120 ml.
Allow your meat to cook until it has further darkened and the liquid has significantly dried up. You do not want a soggy, watery filling, but a moist well balanced one.
I would like to address one of the most frequent question I get asked: “So, will I get drunk when I cook with Guinness (or any alcoholic drink)? “
The answer: NO
Cooking is very much a science as it is an art. Do you guys remember when we were learning about various liquid boiling points during Chemistry class in high school? We learnt that alcohol has a very low boiling point. Meaning, it evaporates very fast when heat is applied. Now, when you cook with an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol evaporates in the very early stages of cooking. It is cooked off. What is left behind is the other ingredients and flavors that were used to make the alcoholic beverage; and that is EXACTLY what we are after. We cook with alcohol not to get high (which doesn’t even happen), but to get to the other layered flavors there in. Please please remember this! When someone tells you they got high after eating food cooked with alcohol, just know they are lying because you know and understand the science behind what happens when you cook with alcohol.
Place your meat aside and allow it to cool down for a few minutes. Grate your cheddar cheese and spread it over your meat. Grating it allows it to melt more readily and evenly in your samosa. You can also use two or three kinds of cheese, but I used just one since the state of my wallet brought me back to reality.
You can make your own samosa pastries at home, but it can be a lengthy process and quite tedious in my opinion. So when I am time strapped, I often use store bought ones. Nakumatt stocks several brands ranging from sh.180-sh300. I bought the ones by Sous Chef which cost around 200 bob for 25 pieces. Not too bad.
In a bowl, mix some flour, about a tablespoon with some water to form a paste. This is what will act as your ‘glue’ for the pastry.
Here is how you fold the pasty:
Once your samosas are all ready. It is time for the homestretch. Heat some vegetable oil and place your samosas in a batch at a time, careful not to overcrowd your sufuria so that the temperature does not drop. Flash fry them until they are golden brown then remove from the heat.
Drain them on a paper towel and serve with a sauce of choice and preferably, with a nice tall glass of Guinness.
Perfectly crispy on the outside, and cheesy, meaty, juicy and boozy on the inside. This is the mother of all samosas! The cheesiness and the malt flavor from the Guinness can be felt with each bite and literally makes your eyes roll to the back of your head out of sheer ecstasy. This is not an exaggeration. It is exactly how you will feel when you eat my cheesy Guinness beef samosas.
Have one, please!
Thank Guinness Its Friday, yoh! And since the weekend has officially begun, who not make these bad boys for you to chow down while enjoying your match, or while watching a series or like me, while hosting friends. Enjoy good company and good times with some good food; and my cheesy Guinness beef samosas have to be it!
Get your downloadable recipe here :))
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