Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
13.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3 cups)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 (12-ounce) bottle lager-style beer (such as Budweiser)
2 tablespoons melted butter, divided
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion to pan; cook 10 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper and garlic; cook 1 minute.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk; make a well in center of mixture. Add onion mixture, cheese, and beer to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
Spoon batter into a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle 1 tablespoon butter over batter. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon butter over batter. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until deep golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
Apple-Cheddar Beer Bread: Substitute 1/2 cup minced shallots for onion. Place 1/2 cup shredded peeled Gala apple in paper towels; squeeze until barely moist. Cook shallots and apple in oil over medium heat for 7 minutes. Substitute 1 cup shredded extrasharp white cheddar cheese for Monterey Jack. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle hard cider for lager. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
CALORIES 151 (27% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 5g, mono 6g, poly 3g); PROTEIN 4g; CARB 9g; FIBER 8g; CHOL 11mg; IRON 3mg; SODIUM 265mg; CALC 87mg
Manchego-Jalapeño Beer Bread: Substitute 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions and 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeño pepper for onion; cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Substitute 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Manchego cheese for Monterey Jack cheese. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle Mexican beer (such as Dos Equis) for lager-style beer. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice).
CALORIES 148 (28% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 4g, mono 7g, poly 3g); PROTEIN 7g; CARB 6g; FIBER 7g; CHOL 12mg; IRON 3mg; SODIUM 244mg; CALC 108mg
Sopressata-Asiago Beer Bread: Substitute 1/2 cup minced shallots and 2 tablespoons chopped green onions for onion. Substitute 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Asiago cheese for Monterey Jack cheese. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle Italian lager beer (such as Peroni) for lager-style beer. Stir 2 ounces finely chopped Sopressata salami into batter. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice).
CALORIES 154 (29% from fat); FAT 5g (sat 4g, mono 2g, poly 3g); PROTEIN 5g; CARB 2g; FIBER 7g; CHOL 11mg; IRON 4mg; SODIUM 301mg; CALC 89mg
I've made this bread many times now, and I absolutely love it! I'm not fond of onions, so I leave those out. I also use white spelt flour in place of the all-purpose flour, and sharp cheddar cheese instead of Monterey Jack. A definitely favorite for me and my family. So good it makes me swoon! The next day, we make grilled egg and cheese sandwiches with the leftovers. Sometimes, I make the bread JUST so we can have it for grilled egg and cheese sandwiches.
Really tasty with a moist, tender interior and a deliciously crisp crust, but I agree the sugar is a little too high. Next time I will try 2 T. instead of three. I used asiago cheese and a Hawaiian wheat ale.
This is excellent!
I used grated parmesan since I couldn't quickly find manchego. Not exactly a Mexican beer, but we had Yuengling in the fridge.
Very tasty with our omelets earlier, and even better with soup this evening.
This is a very easy, tasty basic bread to which one could add various things if desired. I did use just 2 TB of sugar, which seems about right, and just 1 TB of butter on the top. Might add some smoked paprika and a TB or so of chopped parsley next time. I thought it cut very cleanly. Best when warmed.
Out of Monterrey Jack, so I subbed in Asiago. Used New Glarus Two Women lager for the beer. It was absolutely excellent, and I love making this bread! I make this instead of traditional garlic bread with lasagna now.