From pilsners and ales to stouts and lagers, beer can add delicious new flavours to some of your favourite recipes. Taste the difference yourself by testing out one of these seven creative ways to cook with beer.
Although beer evaporates during cooking, it permeates the onions to give a twist to this classic comfort food. Brown ale brings out the natural sweetness of the onions. Use tortillas instead of bread for a delicious take on quesadillas.
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Beer and ribs are such a match that you'll have everyone asking for more. Pork ribs would make a delicious alternative – just cut them into two-rib portions and add one hour to the braising time.
To serve this fairground treat as a fun appetizer, cut the hotdogs into four or six pieces and serve with ballpark mustard as a dip. You can find nitrate-free hotdogs in the organic section of the grocery store or at specialty food shops. You will need about 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick wooden skewers, cut in 6-inch (15 cm) lengths.
This sweet and spicy corn bread is the perfect companion to grilled food. If you love heat, add another jalapeño pepper. To omit the ale, substitute the same amount of buttermilk.
Brining the chops in beer gives you juicy, tender and tasty results. For a more intense flavour, use molasses instead of brown sugar. You can use your favourite beer in place of the dark lager or bock.
Mildly flavoured wheat beer doesn't overpower the delicate taste of clams. Serve with crusty bread to absorb the broth, which retains the true taste of beer. For non-beer-lovers, substitute chicken broth for the beer.
Beer takes on a new role in this sweet sauce served over rich ice cream. Choose brightly coloured, shiny cherries and consider investing in a cherry pitter: It makes for less mess and half the work. This sauce calls for kriek (a Dutch word for cherries) lambic beer.
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