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Southern Pecan Tuna Steak
By K. Allen
Article Originally Published in Southern Brew News
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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company and Mai Little China
What comes to mind when you think about Mississippi? You may think of the history of the Deep South, floating casinos, fishing, hunting or even the beaches of the Gulf Coast, but do you think of craft beer? Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company calls the cozy town of Kiln, Mississippi home. “Located in the bootleg capitol of Mississippi, we break with tradition by offering legal brew to our customers (www.lazymagnolia.com).” Sporting the Mississippi state flower in their logo and name the Lazy Magnolia crafts five year round flavors plus seasonal offerings. Founded in 2004 by “native Mississippians” Mark and Leslie Henderson, the Lazy Magnolia is Mississippi’s first and only packaging microbrewery.
Besides his seasonal brews, head brewer, Gar Hatcher, offers the year round rotation of the Southern Pecan, Amberjaque, Blues Heron, Par 3, and Indian Summer. The Southern Pecan is featured in this article and is also used in the recipe provided by Mai Little China located in Greenwood, Mississippi and owned by Kathy and Matthew Mai. Matt McKiernan, marketing manager for Lazy Magnolia, gave me a great description of the beer used in this wonderful tuna dish. “Southern Pecan, the Original Pecan Nut Brown Ale, is the first beer in the world made with whole, roasted pecans. Using a careful balance of the finest malts, aromatic hops and roasted pecans, Southern Pecan is delightfully smooth and warm, with nutty sweetness that accentuates a delightful depth of flavor. Southern Pecan won a bronze medal in the specialty beer category at the 2006 World Beer Cup.”
Mai Little China is located in Greenwood, Mississippi and is the “premier Asian restaurant of the Mississippi Delta.” They feature traditional Chinese food and down-home Southern food “with all the trimmings”. They also offer other international fare. They frequently feature guests and celebrity chefs from around the world. A real find in this neck of the woods. Of course, you want the recipe.
Southern Pecan Tuna Steak
8-10 oz. Tuna Steak 2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons of Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale 2 teaspoons Vinegar
6 Pecan halves – chopped ¼ teaspoon Garlic
1 egg white – beaten 1/8 teaspoon Ginger
3 oz. Chicken stock 2 teaspoons Canola Oil
1 teaspoon Lite soy sauce 1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon oyster sauce 3 tablespoons water
salt and pepper to taste
To Make Sauce:
Mix cornstarch and water together in small bowl and set aside. Sauté garlic and ginger in canola oil. Add chicken stock, soy sauce, oyster sauce, vinegar and sugar and heat until boiling point. Then add (3) teaspoons of Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale. Mix in a little cornstarch mixture until desired thickness is reached. Remove from heat and set aside.
To Make Tuna:
Marinate tuna in (1) teaspoon Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Beer for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Dip one side of Tuna egg white and coat with chopped pecans. Pan fry in skillet in a little canola oil over medium heat with pecan side face-down until pecans are toasted through. Turn tuna over and cook until desired temperature. Spoon sauce over tuna steak and serve immediately.
It is great to know that beer cuisine is alive and well all over the South. The next time you are planning a road trip, plan to take a drive down I-10 to Mississippi, you may be surprised by what you find. If you would like to get in touch or visit either Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company and/or Mai Little China, pay attention. Lazy Magnolia can be found at 7030 Roscoe Turner Road, Kiln, Mississippi, 39556. You can also find out more about the company and their Saturday morning tours at their website www.lazymagnolia.com or by calling 228-467-2727. Mai Little China is located in the Highland Park Shopping Center, 617 West Park Avenue, Greenwood, Mississippi, 38930. To reach them by phone call 662-451-1101. If you want your favorite pub, restaurant, brewpub or brewery highlighted in this article, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to eat well and drink good beer.
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