If you love drinking beer, you’re sure to love cooking with it too. If, on the other hand, you’re not a beer lover, you still shouldn’t let that stop you from cooking with the amazingly versatile ingredient. Beer can impart great earthy and nutty flavors that will take your dishes from blah to buzzed.
Before you crack open a cold one, it’s important to understand that there are several kinds of beer that vary greatly in flavor. Various beers work better in some dishes than others. For instance, dark beers and stouts are generally sweeter, richer, and contain notes of chocolate, making them great for desserts and beef dishes. Whatever sort of beers or foods you’re into, you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy with these 15 awesome beer dishes.
1. Beer Braised Chicken Tacos
Pass the cerveza, por favor. Braising the chicken in Mexican beer adds a depth of flavour and moistness so delicious that these quick and easy tacos will soon be a weekly staple at your house.
2. Beer Beef Stew
This stew made with Irish stout is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also loaded with hearty beef and winter root vegetables, so it’s great for warming up in the winter months. See the recipe here.
3. Beer Battered Yogurt Fried Chicken
These drunken drumsticks are so crunchy and delicious that the colonel himself would be jealous. Check out the full recipe here.
4. Beer and Bacon Mac and Cheese
This ooey-gooey, crunchy, and cheesy bacon and beer mac and cheese is bound to give Kraft Dinner an inferiority complex. No yellow “cheese” powder was used in this drool-worthy recipe.
5. Chilli and Beer BBQ Pork Ribs
You’ll squeal like a delighted pig when you sink your teeth into these finger licking good BBQ ribs. The recipe for this perfect Father’s Day dish can be found here.
6. Apple Ale Doughnuts
Homer Simpson would approve of these unbelievably delicious donuts made with apple ale. A cider also works well for these dessert treats. Find the recipe here!
7. Peel ‘n Eat Beer Steamed Shrimp
Steaming these sweet shrimp in beer imparts a wide array of deep flavors that your dinner guests will love. Use a mild pilsner for best results. You can find the full recipe here.
8. 30 Minute German Beer Cheese Soup
If you love that hoppy full-flavored beer taste, go with a stronger pale ale. If you’re not a beer lover then try using a light beer and always serve with a side of fresh Bavarian bread. If you love cheese and beer (who doesn’t?), you can find the recipe here.
9. Beer Brined Flank Steak
Steak and beer is a match made in culinary heaven. Find the full recipe here, complete with step-by-step instructions of how to make a zesty sage chimichurri.
10. Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Beer
When it comes to your balanced diet, it’s important to always eat your greens. If you don’t like greens on their own, try slathering up some brussel sprouts with a healthy basting of beer and bacon to make them more palatable. Find this delicious and “nutritious” recipe here.
11. Double Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float
Rich creamy double chocolate stout. A heaping scoop of velvety sweet vanilla ice cream. Do I really need to say more?
12. Deep Dish Beer Crust Pizza
Everyone knows that pizza and beer are an awesome combination, but did you know that beer makes amazing pizza dough? Cook this recipe in a cast iron skillet for an unbelievable deep dish experience.
13. Pumpkin Beer Bread
Breads and beers are essentially made of the same things—grains, wheat, yeast, and delicious carby goodness. Beer breads are noted for being particularly chewy and moist and this pumpkin beer recipe is the perfect autumnal treat. Use pumpkin ale or wheat ale for best results.
14. Beer Can Chicken
This drunken chicken is a staple in my family’s home. As the chicken sits on the can cooking, the beer steam infuses into the meat, adding a level of juiciness you’ve never before experienced. It’s great in the oven or on the BBQ.
15. Chocolate Guinness Beer Cake
Even if you don’t love beer, you’ll love this rich and ultra moist chocolate Guinness beer cake. The carbonation of the Guinness adds a fluffiness unmatched by other recipes. Find the full recipe here.