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This Is What To Eat With Your Cup Of Bigelow Black Tea


Have you ever thought about how a cup of black tea totally comes alive with a well-paired dish? Think about it…when you combine certain flavors, those on the plate can definitely enhance what’s in your cup and suddenly, your tea really pops. Maybe it’s more robust. Or sweeter. Possibly more smooth. Each food and tea pairing is absolutely unique, and at Bigelow Tea, we love when that happens! It’s all about exploring and savoring a variety of tastes, right? Like, a cup of black tea paired with Pomegranate Pepper Steaks. It’s nothing short of amazing. Or, if you’re looking for a bit of a kick, try coupling a cup of Darjeeling with a Tea-Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea-Infused Chutney. And don’t forget dessert! (Psh… who could forget dessert?!) You know how you love a drizzle of honey in your tea? Well, pair a cup of black tea with this recipe for Spicy Chai-Poached Pears and you’ll make your heart happy. Is your mouth watering yet? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Don’t worry, the recipes are here to stay.

If you’re still looking for more tea and food pairings, this chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor adventure. Find one that you like? Join the conversation and share it with other tea lovers—tag your discoveries with #TeaProudly. Show us whatcha got!

Pomegranate Pepper Steaks

Ingredients

1 cup (250mL) boiling water
12 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
3 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced in strips
2 tablespoons (30mL) olive oil
4 – 6oz. (168g) round steak, tenderized
Salt to taste
Dash of pepper
Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Add tea bags to boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Reserve. Add olive oil to a heavy skillet, saute peppers until soft. Set aside. Add steak to peppers and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes on each side or until done to your taste. Place steaks on a warm plate, top with peppers. Keep warm. Pour tea into hot skillet, add salt and pepper, stirring and scrapping brown pits from pan. Boil to reduce liquid to ½ cup (125mL). Pour sauce over steak and peppers. Serve with hot rice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds is desired. Great with Bigelow Pomegranate Risotto.

Tea Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea Infused Chutney

Ingredients

4 pounds leg of lamb, boneless, ready to roast kosher salt and Black Pepper
clarified butter, or any high heat fat (enough to coate bottom of pan)
2 sweet onions, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
8  Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea bags
8  Bigelow Plantation Mint Tea bags

Chutney:

2 pounds pear, diced
1 cup jalapeno, diced
2 cups sweet onion, diced
1 cup white vinegar

Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea bags
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup agave nectar, or sugar

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

Heat braising pan and add enough fat to cover bottom. Heat stock to a boil and add tea bags and let steep while lamb is browning. Dry lamb with paper towels and season with salt and pepper and immediately sear on all sides in braising pan. Remove from pan and sweet onion, garlic. Then add celery and carrot and sweat till they begin to become tender. Return lamb back to pan and add stock. Stock should slightly cover or come up at least three quarters of the lamb leg. Place in low 200 degree oven for approximately four hours or until fork tender. Remove from braising liquid and place braiser on stove with liquid and reduce to about 1 cup and strain. Season to taste and serve with lamb.

While lamb is braising prepare chutney. Heat vinegar to boil and add tea bags, let steep five minutes. Combine all diced ingredients in a pot and cover with steeped vinegar and tea bags and agave nectar (or sugar). Let cook till liquid has reduced and is syrupy and pears are tender. Chill and serve with lamb.

Spicy Chai Poached Pears

Ingredients

12 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
8 cups (2L) boiling water
2 cups (500mL) sugar
4 pears, peeled and cored
1 cup (250mL) mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup honey
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Zest of orange

Instructions

Over medium heat, add boiling water to large saucepan. Add Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar, bring mixture to under a boil, once sugar has dissolved, add pears. Reduce to a simmer and poach pears for 15-20 minutes until soft. Reserve liquid and cool to room temperature. Mix cheese, vanilla, heavy cream and honey together. Thin mixture with 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquid. Place 1 cup of the reserved liquid and orange zest in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce liquid to ⅔ of a cup. To serve place 2 tablespoons liquid mixture on each plate, place a pear on top and drizzle with cheese sauce. Garnish with mint leaves.

A Delicious Pair: Bigelow Earl Grey Tea And Goat Cheese

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At Bigelow Tea, we love good flavor. And pairing the right tea with a meal helps enhance the flavor experience and make your favorite cup of tea even more enjoyable! So, what happens when exquisite and citrusy meets creamy and smooth? Well, pure joy for your taste buds, of course! Which is why it only makes sense to pair a cup of classic Bigelow Tea Earl Grey with Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese Garnish recipe. Strong meets mellow; tangy meets sweet. bigelow-tea-recipe

For our special Earl Grey, we use only the best oil from the citrusy bergamot, sourced from the same garden in Calabria, Italy, year after year. Then we carefully blend this flavorful and aromatic oil with a bold handpicked black tea—it’s a recipe like no other. And when paired with a recipe starring creamy and smooth goat cheese, that’s a recipe for success! After all, a cup of robust Earl Grey goes perfectly with dishes boasting citrus vinaigrettes, melt-in-your-mouth goat cheese, custard-based desserts and poultry. Bon Appétit!

Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Meets Its Perfect Match: Spinach Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe

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At Bigelow Tea, we love creating unique flavor combinations not only with our tea blends but with tea and food pairings! One of our favorite black tea blends is our Bigelow Earl Grey Tea. We use only real oil of bergamot, harvested from our long-term family-owned suppliers in Calabria Italy to make this fragrant blend with handpicked black tea. The combination is a recipe like no other and fans like Jeremey Litz absolutely love it!

Partnering a Bigelow Tea blend with just the right foods enhances and magnifies the flavors of both of tea and the cuisine. Earl Grey goes well with goat cheese, coffee liqueur for a dessert cocktail, and salads with citrus vinaigrettes like this Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette. A bed of spinach leaves covered in mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts, and whichever other fruits and vegetables desired is delicious drizzled with this Red Raspberry Vinaigrette. Wash it all down with a hot or iced cup of Earl Grey!

Use the below easy to follow Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette recipe to guide your salad creation!

Spinach Salad Spectacular Recipe with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups (1000mL) baby spinach leaves washed and dried (about 10 oz.)
  • 1 – 8oz. (250mL) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 – 8oz. (250mL) can artichoke hearts (not in oil), drained

Optional Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized red apples, cubed (such as Red Delicious or Gala)
  • 5 large ripe strawberries, cut up
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • Tomato, cut up
  • 4-5 pieces bacon, well cooked, drained and crumbled

Instructions

Combine baby spinach leaves, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use any or all of the optional ingredients. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat. Dress salad with any one of our delicious Bigelow® Tea Vinaigrette Dressing. Recipes for these dressing can be found here.

Start and Finish A Meal with Bigelow Green Tea

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Bigelow Tea has spent over 70 years developing and perfecting some of America’s favorite tea blends. These multidimensional flavors are delicious on their own, but can be further enhanced when paired with the right foods! You’ve heard of tea and scones, but have you ever considered pairing Bigelow Green Tea with steamed shellfish? It’s a big yes!

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Bigelow Green Tea is delicate, smooth, and mellow on the palate. Facebook fan Nickolette Simmons says “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine” and we couldn’t agree more! Its clean notes of green melon and grass pair well with lighter dishes such as Steamed Clams in Lemon-Garlic Broth (pictured below). This flavorful dish is prepared with Bigelow I Love Lemon, an invigorating blend of lemon and lemongrass, meaning double the Bigelow Tea in this perfect pair!

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Another go-to pairing for Green Tea is a good veggie dish. Bigelow’s Green Tea Ramen Soup uses Bigelow Green Tea to create a warm, comforting broth. Pair this with a hot cuppa Bigelow Green Tea and say hello to the ultimate cold and flu fighter!

If Green is your favorite cuppa Bigelow, try one of these pairing tips next cup you steep!

Bigelow Tea Goes “Oooh” For An Oolong Tea & Food Pairing

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Ready for your next Bigelow Tea-inspired pairing? How about Bigelow Tea Oolong tea paired with dinner?

Although there’s just one ingredient in this tea, it took the Bigelow family years to select the perfect Oolong from a special region in Asia. A tea with the consistent mellow notes that go well with almost any meal, Oolong tea comes from Camellia sinensis leaves that are exposed to air for only a few hours—only half the amount of time as black tea. Its smooth, distinctively satisfying taste makes it a tea to be enjoyed any time of day (@LKHamilton loves it in the morning), or particularly alongside meals consisting of grilled veggies with roasted or grilled chicken.

Try pairing it with these flavorful recipes for Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms and Roasted Chicken with “Constant Comment®” Glaze—you won’t be disappointed!

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Ingredients

  • 6 large Portobello mushrooms
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside. Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil. Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours. When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer. They also go very well with steak.

Roasted Chicken with “Constant Comment®” Glaze

Ingredients

Glaze:

Chicken Roaster and Gravy:

  • 1 8 pound Roasting Chicken
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

When preparing this recipe please be sure to check all labels on all products you use to insure that all items are gluten free.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375º. Cook time: 2 ½ -3 hours or as per directions on Roasting Chicken Package Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea. Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. To prepare Chicken, remove giblets and neck rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake chicken in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Discard any unused glaze. To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with chicken. As a nice alternative, use a 10-15 pound Turkey in place of the Chicken Roaster. For the glaze increase the number of tea bags from 8-12.

Bigelow Tea Pairs Herbal Favorites With Delicious Recipes

bigelow tea red raspberry recipeIn over seven decades in business, Bigelow Tea has perfected countless tea blends. Wonderfully delicious on their own, Bigelow Teas are also great to pair with many different foods. We’ve compiled a list of suggested pairings that includes links to some of our favorite recipes!

So what to pair with herbal tea? Herbal blends typically fall into a floral, tart, or sweet flavor profile. Today we’ll focus on Bigelow Tea’s sweet herbal teas! They are infused with bold, ripe fruits coupled with rich spices and lightly-toasted floral undertones. Delicious on their own, the sweet notes truly shine when paired with spicy dishes, sweet breakfast foods, and baked goods!

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Try pairing the ripe, berry taste of Bigelow Red Raspberry herbal teawith Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast
(pictured above). If spicy meals are what you crave, pair Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon with Bigelow Tea’s warm and sweet Cinnamon Apple herbal tea or Bigelow Facebook fan Rena Nitkin Meltz’s favorite Fruit & Almond tea!

The next time you reach for your favorite sweet herbal Bigelow Tea, consider these pairing tips and suggestions! You may find a new go-to combination!

Tart Herbal Bigelow Teas & Their Perfect Pairs

bigelow tea I love lemonYou may have tried picking the right wine to go with your meal at some point … but have you considered pairing your favorite Bigelow Tea blends with recipesBigelow Tea has more than 120 flavors that, while delicious on their own, truly stand out when paired with the right dish! While there are no rules on which blend you should pair your favorite dish with, we do have suggestions!

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine free, making them ideal to enjoy at any time of day. Bigelow’s herbal teas fall into three categories: sweet, floral, and tart flavor profiles. Let’s chat about the tart teas today. Bigelow’s tart herbal teas have a subtle tart, clean finish. They are excellent to pair with grilled tofu or chicken, vegetable, and light, berry-forward desserts.

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Use Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate and Earl Grey teas to make a vegetarian Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu dish. The smoky, grilled flavor of the tofu will pair perfectly with Lemon Ginger tea.  Twitter fan @beausci2010 says Lemon Ginger is “good any time of day especially after meals.”

Maybe next time she’ll try pairing it with her meal!

 

Bigelow Tea Pairs English Teatime With Delicious Bigelow Recipes Perfect For The New Year!

Bigelow Tea English TeatimeBigelow Tea English Teatime is a signature blend of classic black tea perfect for any time of day. For this special blend, only hand-picked tea leaves from the higher mountains are used to create a smooth, full-bodied cup of tea. Twitter fan Caroline says “English Teatime is my morning go-to.”

bigelow recipeIf you’re looking for more ways to enjoy your cup of English Teatime, try pairing it with a delicious Bigelow Tea recipe! Rich, invigorating, and versatile, English Teatime is the perfect complement to chocolate, pork, and poultry. Whip up a Chocolate SweeTEA Pie (pictured) for dessert during a new year’s celebration! Made with either Bigelow® Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea or Bigelow Raspberry Royale this pie is a great treat to accompany a hot cuppa Bigelow English Teatime.

Or maybe you’re looking for something a bit more savory to sip your tea with. Try these Ham and Pear Sandwiches or this juicy Chamomile Braised Chicken. When it comes to pairing teas with food, the only rule is there are no rules! Experiment with your favorite combinations and let your culinary imagination soar!