Nils Oscar God Lager & Smoked Fish Tart – A Scandi Supper

I’ve never felt 100% about Oscar God Lager, if truth be told. Always slightly too perfumed, too rich to satisfy the lager-hound in me, I realised I appreciated it more once I stopped thinking of it as a lager. This meant I had to adjust my expectations a little, and when I needed something to go with this simple Fish Tart, it ended up being the perfect match.

The tart couldn’t be simpler; especially if you use frozen puff pastry (which I haven’t been paid to say but am simply massive fan of). Simply roll it out, ready for your topping. Get your hands on some smoked fish trimmings, or buy small pieces (like I did here) and slice them up. For this, I used Smoked Salmon and Cod (I know…shame on me), but Mackerel would also be fine. Slice them up into chunks and then make a bechamel, spiked with Wholegrain mustard and a little drop of French’s American Mustard. Make the bechamel slightly thicker than usual, because it’s going to be your base.

Smear it onto the uncooked sheet of pastry, and arrange your fish on top, finishing with Dill and Parsley. Stick it in the oven for about 25 minutes at 180C  and you’re done.

As I mentioned earlier on, I’m not the biggest fan of Oscar God Lager (5.3%), on its own but its sultry, caramel smoothness and slightly herbal finish (Thyme? Rosemary?) stands up to a little chilling, with the whole package makes for an interesting match for the sharp mustard, grassy Dill and sweet, smoky fish. Subliminally (and this only occurred to me whilst writing this), it also enhances the Scandinavian feel of the dish. Bonus!

Anyway, give it a go and let me know what you think. This week, I’ll be trying some of the other beers in Nils Oscar’s roster.


About leighgoodstuff

Blog: I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 09/07/2012, in Beer and Food and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sounds like another winner Leigh although one for self indulgence as Rach hates anything smoked.
    This reminds me of a pizza I used to get at Pizza Express. The base topping sauce was bechemel with spices, torn roast chicken and portobello mushrooms, beautiful, I really should try and recreate that. Not tried this lager tbh but will give it a go. Cheers

  2. They had several of their beers in the Cardiff beer shop recently, but I was unsure what several were style wise because of the names such as ‘Kalasol’ so ended up with one I was confident about, ‘Rokporter’. I’ll be interested to see which ones you got and thought of them.

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