Whether you like one on a hot day, with a hotdog in the baseball park, or at the end of a long and stressful work week, a nice cold beer always does the trick — no matter how you're feeling, it makes everything A-OK.
You shouldn't stop there, though, especially if you love to cook in new and inspiring ways. Sometimes, the most savory and interesting of meals can use your favorite stouts and ales rather craftily (no pun intended), and to your own satisfaction. Plus, as the new season now arrives, dark fall craft beers will be making a swift reappearance, and what better way to prepare them than with your own favorite entrees in the mix?
If you're a fan of a nice cold one, add it to your next grocery list and follow these simple steps to make your own beer-meal creations. You don't even need the real stuff either, because all of these delicious recipes to make with beer can be replaced with nonalcoholic beverages, too.
As a cautionary note of caring, please do be careful with not only how much beer you add to any of these recipes, but also how much you ingest. Before making any of these meals, know your limit and be careful when serving to friends. Without further ado, let's discover the boundless secrets of enjoyment available in these delicious recipes to make with beer.
Want to make football games on Sundays a little more interesting? Enter beer dip, an easy to create and amazingly tasting social food that'll have all of your friends asking: "How'd you make this?"
Simple, just get two packages of softened cream cheese, two cups of shredded cheddar cheese, one envelope of ranch dressing, and one third cup of beer.
Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl for up to five minutes, until all are well and blended together. Top it off with some dipping pretzels, and you've got yourself a game day ready beer dip.
As one of the most versatile in this list of delicious recipes to make with beer, this one takes the cheese dip that you already know and love, and maximizes it to a whole new level — which, I should warn, probably relates to the added amount of alcohol and its percentage.
Irish Beef Stew with Guinness Beer
When you first start pairing beers with your meals, stick to the basics and don't overload your palate. Instead, use the luck of the Irish when starting one of your own delicious recipes to make with beer.
The Irish beef stew with Guinness beer is instantly at your disposal when you combine four slices of bacon, four sprigs of thyme, four cups of potatoes, two and a half pounds of beef chuck, three carrots cut into one inch slices, two onions, two celery stalks, and a quarter of tomato paste.
Don't forget the most important ingredient of all: a can of Guinness beer. This meal is perfect for one of those nights when you just need a good ole' taste of some liquid luck along with the savory textures of beef.
Chocolate Beer Cake
Mixing beer with chocolate never did seem like a tasty idea for me, until someone decided to take said chocolate beer and run with it. Where did they run off to? A bakery. That's right, you can have your own chocolate beer cake, and it's actually real tasty, too.
To make the frosting, first whisk together one and a half granulated sugar, three sticks of butter, one third cup of flour, and a half teaspoon of salt, then stir with two cups of milk, followed by a three minute term of boiling.
As you're waiting for the frosting to finish, grab two cups of flour, three quarters of cocoa powder, one stick of butter, two cups of brown sugar, two large eggs, and a pair of 11 ounce Guinness beer cans for the final, most important touch of all.
In a little over four hours, you have one of the best tasting treats from a myriad of delicious recipes to make with beer. Just don't whisk this one up for your wedding.
Beer Glazed Brats and Sauerkraut
Want to have one of the most popular German dishes with a little beer cooked into the mix? This is one of the few wholesome and delicious meals to make with beer: glazed brats and sauerkraut.
Get one pound of fresh bratwurst sausages, one can or bottle of lager beer, two teaspoons of dry mustard powder, one teaspoon of onion powder, and one pound of sauerkraut. Toss in some extra spices, like ground black pepper, celery and caraway seeds, dried dill weed, plus a tablespoon of light brown sugar.
Mix all these ingredients together on a skillet, prepared on a plate within 30 to 40 minutes, and you have an amazing home cooked German dish with that all-too necessary hint of beer. Your taste buds just might explode in gratitude.
Yeah, they may have had those pumpkin flavored goodies out on the shelf months before fall, but Dunkin's got nothing on this tasty concoction. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a whole bunch of boozy baked donuts.
Note, you will need a donut pan, one cup of flour, one egg, one third cup of sugar, one and a half tablespoons of butter, plus a quarter cup of Guinness Extra Stout — all of which to make the donuts themselves.
Next, for the glaze, get a half cup of powdered sugar, three teaspoons of Irish Cream Liqueur, and a teaspoon of warm water. Bake the donuts for about 12 minutes, then dip into your pre-mixed glaze for a nice and boozy treat unlike ever before. You won't find these at your local donut shop.
Beer Macaroni and Cheese
What's better than a plate of mac n' cheese and a cold glass of beer? Their beautiful blend of awesome flavors wrapped up into one savory dish, that's what.
Ingredients include one package of elbow macaroni, five cooked and crumpled strips of bacon, three cups of shredded cheese, two cups of fontina cheese, three fourths of amber beer, a quarter cup of heavy whip cream, and two and a half cups of milk.
Add a few additional flavors, like pepper, garlic, cloves, ground mustard, and salt, then pop it into the oven for 20 minutes on 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it's finished, let it sit to cool for a minute or two, and your tasty beer creation is finally served.
Taking about 30 minutes to prepare and bake, the beer macaroni and cheese dish is one of most nostalgic of delicious recipes to make with beer, since it offers up a chance to be a kid again, all while you still get to enjoy that grown up taste of your favorite amber beer.
French Dip Subs with Beer Au Jus
So far, we've seen Irish, German, and American beer recipes, so let's turn to the French and see what they have up their sleeve. This addition on the delicious recipes to make with beer takes your everyday and mundane sandwich, twisting it into a flavorful and robust beer creation.
To make the awesome French dip subs with beer Au Jus, get six hoagie buns, one bottle of dark beer, four teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, two tablespoons of spicy ketchup, one pound of thinly sliced roast beef, a tablespoon of butter, and assorted seasonings.
Mix all of these delectable ingredients into one skillet for 15 minutes, then serve beef on buns and pour the accompanied dipping sauce into a bowl, and voila!
Beer Battered Fish
If you're a fan of fish and chips, or just love the original all the same, try this beer battered crispy fish from this list of delicious recipes to make with beer. Breaking into that fluffy, crispy baked fish filet is never quite the same without an ice cold beer close by, so why not bring them closer?
Unlike regular fish and chips, this beer battered fish recipe takes real beer in the ingredients, packing a whole new kind of punch to your meal. Pick up four cod filets, two cups of unsalted top saltines, half a teaspoon of Creole seasoning, half a cup of milk, and one third cup of beer.
Heat the electric skillet on 375 degrees Fahrenheit and fry the fish for about three minutes on each side after coating with beer batter and crackers. It's as if your local pub just made them, only this time they have real alcohol in them.
Beer-Poached Grilled Sausages
The grilled sausage may be one of the most popular breakfast concussions, but you haven't had sausage until you've had it with beer. In this savory breakfast edition of delicious recipes to make with beer, we are met by the beer-poached grilled sausages — a real breadwinner in beer-made classics.
Simple ingredients include: six chicken sausages, three cups of beer, six cloves of garlic, one thinly sliced onion, and a tablespoon of canola oil. Poke six holes in each sausage, then poach them for four to five minutes until grilling for another six minutes on each side.
Don't forget to coat the sausages in oil before placing them on the grill. These boozy breakfast meats are best served on days when free of responsibility — so, do eat responsibly, please.
Salted Beer Caramel Topped Blondies
Another tasty treat to add onto the list of delicious recipes to make with beer, and one you probably never knew existed — the salted beer caramel topped blondies.
To make the blondies, use a half cup of butter, one cup of brown sugar, one egg and yolk, one half teaspoon of vanilla extract, one and a quarter cup of bread flour, plus two tablespoons of stout beer.
The caramel level takes two teaspoons of Maldon sea salt, one cup of butter and brown sugar, a quarter cup of white sugar, heavy cream and stout beer, plus a half cup of light corn syrup. After baking for 22 to 25 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit, those beautiful cuts of beer candy are yours to enjoy.
These bad boys not only look amazing, they taste like actual candy. With double layers of sugary sweetness, plus just enough beer to make you smile — these little treats are amazing for dinner parties.
For another great, though cheesy, little snack infused with your favorite beer, try these cheese appetizers, which actually go really well with the beer dip from above.
To start, get two cups of biscuit mix, half a cup of shredded cheese and beer, and two tablespoons of melted butter. When preparations are met, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place the rolls, lightly glazed, in the oven for six to eight minutes.
For the cheese sauce, get a package of Velveeta cheese, half a cup refried beans, two jalapeño peppers, with a quarter cup of both sour cream and salsa. Put them into a saucepan and stir over medium until melted.
These delicious recipes to make with beer are an inspiring new way to fuse your liquor cabinet with your favorite tasty creations. So try one out and get all your friends jealous at your amazing kitchen skills.