Got Leftover Beer? Try These 11 Recipes
Use a brew in your stew...and other recipes
If you are like most Irish folk (or even like those who pretend to be Irish for one day of the year), the most prevalent food at your St. Patrick's Day party isn't really food at all, but stout beer.
Though tasty brews won't do your waistline any favors, they do contain hops, malt, and herbs that provide rich flavor to breads, meats, and more. Use beer in these delicious, nutrient-rich recipes.
Stout Chocolate-Cherry Bread
It may be counterintuitive, but one bottle of Guinness adds lightness and buoyancy to this sweet bread.
Ingredients: Bread flour, Guinness stout, dry yeast, sugar, dried tart cherries, bittersweet chocolate, eggs, pearl sugar (optional)
Try this recipe:Stout Chocolate-Cherry Bread
The carbonation of the beer in this recipe adds a nice, light texture, and a hint of brown sugar will take away any bitter taste some ales may produce.
Ingredients: Brown beer, dry yeast, eggs, bread flour, brown sugar, cornmeal, sesame seeds, poppy seeds
Try this recipe:Bagels
Soft Tacos With Spicy Chicken
Using beer as a marinade keeps the chicken in this recipe tender and balances out the acidity of the white wine vinegar. Try these tacos with these marinated jìcama sticks.
Ingredients: Chicken breast, bay leaf, oregano, canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, red onion, white wine vinegar, olive oil, dark beer, soft corn tortillas, cilantro, salsa
Try this recipe:Soft Tacos With Spicy Chicken
Though this recipe doesn't specify a certain type of beer, dark beer will enhance the flavors of the meat. Chock-full of lean protein (ground sirloin, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans), this hot and hearty chili will surely hit the spot.
Ingredients: Ground sirloin, onion, green onions, Cajun-smoked sausage, garlic, bottled beer, chili powder, chipotle chili pepper, cumin, coriander, whole tomatoes, dark red kidney beans, yellow hominy, garbanzo beans, salsa verde, masa harina
Try this recipe:Southwestern Chili
Made with low-sodium chicken broth, 50% reduced-fat cheddar cheese, and low-fat milk, this recipe lets you enjoy every savory spoonful guilt-free.
Ingredients: Olive oil, yellow onion, garlic, carrots, celery, flour, chicken broth, milk, pale ale, reduced-fat cheddar cheese, whole-wheat bread
Try this recipe:Cheddar-Ale Soup
Beer-Battered Fish and Chips
Dark beer adds a rich flavor and moist texture to this five-ingredient dish.
Ingredients: Cod fillets, dark beer, baking potatoes, canola oil, all-purpose flour
Try this recipe: Beer-Battered Fish and Chips
Basic Beer-Cheese Bread
The beer and cheese combo creates a hearty, savory loaf. Add in apples, jalapeño, or even salami to make a variety of delicious breads.
Ingredients: Olive oil, yellow onions, garlic, flour, sugar, baking powder, Monterey Jack cheese, lager-style beer, butter
Try this recipe: Basic Beer-Cheese Bread
Beer-Can Chicken With Cola Barbecue Sauce
Letting the beer can roast within this chicken means a moist texture and malty flavor.
Ingredients: A can of beer, hickory wood chips, sea salt, brown sugar, sweet paprika, whole chicken, cola, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, instant onion flakes, garlic, steak sauce, liquid smoke
Try this recipe: Beer-Can Chicken With Cola Barbecue Sauce
Belgian Beef and Beer Stew
An amber Belgian beer is best with this dish, but most amber or brown ales will work. The beer also adds a nice flavor to the mushrooms and root vegetables.
Ingredients: Bacon, chuck roast, onion, cremini mushrooms, garlic, flour, amber beer, carrot, parsnips, beef broth, Dijon mustard, thyme, caraway seeds, bay leaf
Try this recipe: Belgian Beef and Beer Stew
Chicken With Dark Beer
Dark beer adds a caramel flavor to the chicken and onions in this recipe. And its sweetness is tempered by the sharp juniper berries and pungent gin.
Ingredients: Flour, chicken breasts, thighs, drumsticks, butter, canola oil, dry gin, celery, carrots, shallots, juniper berries, mushrooms, thyme, parsley, bay leaf, dark beer, Greek-style yogurt, white wine vinegar, flat-leaf parsley
Try this recipe: Chicken With Dark Beer
A non-hoppy stout beer can add to the creaminess of this Italian dessert.
Ingredients: Mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, Kahlúa, ladyfingers, non-hoppy stout beer (like Pelican Tsunami Stout), cocoa powder
Try this recipe: Beeramisu