I remember when I was a young girl, my father would make his own beer. I thought this was really weird, he had a big white crock and made what he called “Green Beer”. You see, he was Irish and that was his choice of brews. I think if he was alive today that he would be so amazed at how popular home brewing has become and cooking with beer which was not something that my mother ever did or would have thought about doing. Enjoy these recipes and try cooking with beer, it has a flavor that is unique for sure.
Cheddar Beer Dip with Smoked Sausage – If you like you dip on the tangy side, then this is for you, it includes smoked sausage and that makes for a great combination. The foods that you can use as your dippers vary from chunks of bread, crackers, pretzels or tortilla chips just to name a few. If you like, you can make this in the same fashion as that spinach dip that is served in a bread bowl, this recipe works very well that way. Don’t plan on freezing any leftovers, that is if there even are any because this does not freeze well due to the beer, it causes it to separate when you thaw it out to serve again.
Beer for Dessert! Have a Beer Float – Now this is a great idea for beer lovers, having a beer float certainly was not something that I had heard of before but a good idea at that. Hey, we make all kinds of fancy bar drinks with fruits and vegetables, whipped cream and other ingredients so why not a glass of beer being turned into a float. This is one recipe I will be sharing with my son who is really into all these new brew and has even brewed some of his own. I think this might be a hit with him and his friends and will have fun making putting these together for them.
Chocolate Beer Cheesecake With a Pretzel Crust – Holy cow, was all I could say when I saw this recipe, it just sounded so amazing! First of all, having a cheesecake made with beer, but the pretzel crust is the thing that really got my attention. I have had appetizers that are soft pretzel sticks that are dipped in different sauces and boy, they were so good that I wanted an order all to myself. This recipe is amazing and you really should give this one a try if you like the idea of having pretzels and beer in the form of a cheesecake.
Blackened Beer-Brined Chicken Breasts – I am sure that you probably have had an occasion where you have barbecued up something on the grill and forgotten it for a bit too long and you ended up with the burnt looking, crusty piece of meat that you are prepared to throw away. Well, don’t go throwing away anything when it comes to this recipe, it will take on that very look when cooked right, but when you cut into it you will find some delicious white chicken that should be moist and delicious.
Chocolate Beer Cake – According to this recipe source, most cakes that involve beer use Guinness or some other dark, stout beers. This recipe will not include these usual beers, but instead will include a pale ale or cheat beer. The author of this recipe uses Schlafly Pale Ale, local to St. Louis) I think that whichever beer you choose will taste great in this recipe. My husband brews his own beer as many people do these days, why not use one of your own personal brews along with this recipe for a really dark, rich chocolate cake with amazing cream cheese frosting and there are two recipes for that to choose from.
There you have five great recipes that are made with beer. Check out these creative ways to include beer in your foods, I am sure that you will find something that you will enjoy. Make it a beer night and serve a special brew on the side to drink with you dinner. Enjoy tasting the different flavors that beer brings to food and top off your evening with dessert and make the beer float, just make sure that you don’t eat and drive!