Steal a bottle or two from the six pack and create these tasty dishes that feature beer as a major flavor ingredient.
Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs with Cremini MushroomsA wide skillet and less liquid allow for a relatively short, intense braise--less than 20 minutes, compared to many hour-long versions.
Beer-Braised Pot Roast
This is no ordinary pot roast. First, it's rubbed with coffee. Then it simmers in dark stout beer and beef stock, yielding a deeply delicious gravy. Small carrots with tops and pearl onions elevate it further.
Beer-Braised Top Blade RoastYou can also cook the roast in a slow cooker. After adding the stock, transfer to a 6-quart electric slow cooker, and cook on LOW for about 8 hours.
Flemish Beef and Beer Stew
Nothing says cozy like a hearty beer and beef stew. The sweet and sour Belgian ale adds major flare with flavors of plum, black cherry, and brown sugar which complements this seasonal stew for an oaky sapor.
Grilling and beer go hand-in-hand, so give Beer-Can Chicken. Grilling is a delicious way to "roast" a whole bird, especially when beer is involved.
Beer-Steamed Clams and MusselsBe sure to use a large, wide pot so the shellfish can cook evenly, then serve them straight from the pot with crusty Italian bread to soak up the broth.
Gingerbread Cake With Stout ButtercreamNot just any beer will work in this German-inspired cake. Use a stout–The bold flavor of the beer complements the spices in the gingerbread cake mix. Spread a simple buttercream icing over the cake and garnish with toasted pecans. Look forward to leftovers–Our online reviewers said the cake tasted even better then next day after the flavors had time to blend.
Beer-Cheese SpreadTrademark this game-day recipe and make it your signature spread. It can be made ahead and frozen so you're always ready when the next party invitation arises. Serve the spicy spread, flavored with hot sauce and ground red pepper, over fries, hot dogs, or chili, or with a simple side of pita wedges for dipping.
Sweet Beer BreadMake the world's easiest bread recipe using your favorite beer. The four-ingredient loaf calls for flour, sugar, beer, and butter or margarine. Simple stir the flour, sugar, and beer together and bake, then drizzle with melted butter and bake for a few more minutes to let the top brown. Experiment with this recipe and make it your own by adding cheeses, chives, or other fresh ingredients to flavor the bread.
Beer-Braised Baby Back Ribs"I started making my Abilene sauce 20 years ago, and every year I tweak it or add something," says Olivia chef James Holmes of his signature barbecue sauce. Despite its spicy intensity, the pork and beer flavors come straight through.
Beer 'GaritasBring summer's best drink into fall with tasty and refreshing Beer 'Garita. This top-rated recipe calls for frozen limeade, beer, ice, tequila, and orange liqueur. It's the perfect drink to serve during the big game, so make a few extra batches and keep them in the fridge or freezer until ready to drink.
Beef and Beer ChiliMake this hearty chili at home, then take it to the neighborhood tailgate in a slow-cooker to keep it warm. Usually chili needs to simmer for an hour or so to let the flavors really meld, but this one needs only about 15 minutes. Add lime juice at the end for a bright Tex-Mex punch of flavor.
Beer-Braised Short RibsBeer isn't just for sipping. We popped opened a bottle of lager to cook these Beer-Braised Short Ribs in.
Beer-Can ChickenBeside adding extra moisture and keeping the bird tender, this recipe looks amazing while it cooks. Wow your backyard guests with the delicately-spiced main dish. Prepare the rub and coat the chicken the night before to let it absorb the flavors of ground cumin, oregano, cinnamon, and a hint of sugar. The result is a delicious, fall-off-the-bone bird with a lightly crisped skin.
Beer-and-Cheddar FondueAdd a cup of beer to this crowd-pleasing fondue, make with sausage, Cheddar, green chiles, and a little ground red pepper for extra heat. Serve it with cubed bread or pear slices. The beer adds flavor and keeps the creamy concoction smooth while you dip.
Spicy Beer MustardChef Jeremy Nolen updates German classics at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, including this intense mustard for sausages.
Fried Beer-Battered Fish and Chips with Dilled Tartar SauceOnce a week, a fish-and-chips truck rolls into Methlick, the near-restaurant-less Scottish town where Matt Canlis lives. This version of the British staple was developed by the F&W Test Kitchen's Marcia Kiesel, who fries the fish in a wonderfully light beer batter.
Mix the batter only until the dry ingredients disappear. (Lumps are normal.) Overmixing causes tough or misshapen loaves.
Beer-Braised BBQ ShrimpFor rich and flavorful results, we popped a top of lager and poured over our seafood for Beer-Braised BBQ Shrimp.
Chicken with Honey-Beer SauceOpt for an inexpensive, full-flavored domestic beer, like Blue Moon wheat ale.
Beer-Battered Fried FishAny type of white, flaky fish may be substituted for grouper.
Beer-Battered Razor ClamsAmong the world's sweetest, most flavorful clams, razors shine in just about any preparation, and deep-frying in beer batter remains a Northwest tradition. Add zing with spices and lemon zest—and make sure to use a simple lager, since more complex microbrews can overwhelm the flavor.
Shot-and-a-Beer Pork StewAlong with a great Mexican lager, this stew also requires tequila. The chiles fall apart as the dish cooks, giving the meat a mellow, earthy spiciness.
Beer-Braised BrisketServe this deliciously rich beef over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. Leftover brisket makes tasty sandwiches.
Basic Beer-Cheese BreadThis savory quick bread pairs well with soup or chili and is ideal for an open house or casual get-together.
Beer and Bison Burgers with Pub CheeseAn amber ale offers a great flavor addition to these robust bison burgers.
Chocolate Stout Brownies
The typical brownie has nearly 20g sugar--masking the flavor of the chocolate in an overwhelming wave of sweetness. Here we cut sugar in half for a richer, denser brownie that truly satisfies.
San Antonio Beef Puffy Tacos
Original tacos were a little different than the U-shaped tortillas invented by entrepreneur Glen Bell of Taco Bell. The real deal begins with a ball of masa flattened into a thin round that's fried to a golden crispness. The masa puffs up a bit, which is how the moniker "puffy taco" came into play. Stuff with ground taco meat, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese.
Texas-Style Chili with Brisket
Texas chili is purely beef-driven: no beans allowed. This version boasts smoky, complex, deep flavor from a mix of dried chiles and chili powders.
Crispy Andouille Hush Puppies
This crunchy, savory bite is a delicious dockside starter.
Spicy Lamb Tacos
Lamb makes for an interesting flavor break from beef. If you prefer less spice, just reduce the amount of chipotle powder.
Feijoada Leve (Brazilian Black Bean Stew)Feijoada is, by most accounts, the recognized national dish of Brazil. With a full 12 ounces of lager beer incorporated into the stew, the flavors are out of this world delicious.
Spicy Bacon and Brew MuffinsWe enjoyed the subtle heat in these muffins, but if you want to spice things up, add up to 2 teaspoons of ground red pepper.
Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew
This classic meat and potatoes meal tastes just like how mom used to make it.
Orange-and-Ale VinaigretteSean Paxton, founder of homebrewchef.com, cooks multicourse dinners with beer. This vinaigrette, which he makes with an India Pale Ale, shows beer's lighter side.
Stout Chocolate CakeStout Chocolate Cake isn't referring to the size of the cake but the flavoring—a bottle of dark beer is stirred into the batter.
Pork Carnitas NachosSlow-cooked pork loin, brown rice, seasoned black beans, pico de gallo, jalapeños, and queso fresco make up the savory layers of Pork Carnitas Nachos.
Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot RoastFour-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast is the perfect dinner solution for your busy schedule. Just toss in the 4 ingredients and let your slow cooker do all the work.
BeeramisuPieter Vanden Hogen, chef at Oregon's Pelican Pub & Brewery, uses the brewery's award-winning Tsunami Stout for his version of tiramisu.
Stout Mac and Cheese
Serve with Wilted Spinach with Fresh Chile. Dark beer lovers will appreciate the flavor: cheesy up front and slightly bitter and malty at the end. Garnish with parsley for a pop of color.
New England Turkey BurgerCaramelized onions that have simmered in hoppy Sam Adams beer top our New England Turkey Burger while shaved Vermont Cheddar adds tang and richness to the meat.
Maple-Stout Quick BreadStout beer--think of Guinness, with its black color and intense richness--gives this bread a slightly bitter background note and gorgeous nut-brown hue.
Carne Asada con Mojo (Grilled Beef with Sour Orange Marinade)Carne asada is a simple dish, but a well-balanced marinade and the right cut can make it a an extremely memorable experience.
Crab Cake Hush Puppies
Serve these Crab Cake Hush Puppies with your favorite rémoulade or cocktail sauce for tasty appetizers. Hush puppies, a Southern classic made by deep-frying a cornmeal batter gets a seafood makeover. Served with a creamy, thick dipping sauce, these salty critters are a great option for a potluck meal or an appetizer that serves to impress. Freeze any leftovers and defrost up to 3 months later.
Poblano-Jalapeño ChiliMeaty, juicy, moderately spicy, very delicious.
Fancy Fish SticksBeat the freezer fare by whipping up your own crispy fish sticks at home.
Game Day ChiliThe perfect game day chili looks a lot like this. To serve a crowd, use a large stock pot and have everyone dig in and top with their favorite toppings.