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Bourbon is delicious. You should drink it ... often even, if that's your prerogative.
But you shouldn't confine the brown spirit to the rocks glass, says chef Lee Ann Whippen - not that we nor she condemn said action.
Whippen is the pitmaster of the aptly-named barbecue restaurant Chicago q.
Five Ways To Use Bourbon In The Kitchen: Lee Ann Whippen
Another great way to incorporate bourbon is to make a bourbon butter, by combining 1/2 cup melted butter, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons of bourbon, a dash of nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then remove and beat one egg into the hot mixture. Return to the heat and bring to a boil again.
After 1 to 2 minutes on the stove, remove from the heat and drizzle over your diced sweet potatoes before roasting.”
2. Bourbon whipped cream
Use the cream to top pies, cakes or even put it in between two oatmeal raisin cookies for a bourbon cream cookie sandwich.”
3. Bourbon mopping/BBQ sauces
If you want to skip the hassle of whipping up a new sauce, give your favorite premade BBQ sauce a kick by adding 2 tablespoons of bourbon to every 1 cup of sauce.”
4. Bourbon crème glaze (best with bread pudding)
In a saucepan at medium heat, melt 1 stick of butter, then whisk in 1 cup of sugar and 1 egg until mixture is thick.
Next, mix in your favorite type of bourbon to taste, and drizzle over your bread pudding before serving - or serve on the side for dipping.”
5. Bourbon braising
After seasoning your meat and searing it on the grill (depending on the type of meat), prepare your braising liquid for the slow cooker.
Again, using your favorite type of bourbon, combine 1/2 cup of bourbon, 2 cups of chicken, vegetable or beef broth, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 thinly sliced yellow onions, 3 cloves garlic and 1/8 teaspoon cumin.
Place your meat and braising liquid in the slow cooker and allow to cook for 6 to 8 hours.”
[Editor's Note: If you're looking for another idea, take a page out of Dean Martin's book and add a shot of Kentucky's finest to your burger.]
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