Creative Ways To Incorporate Beer Into Recipes

If you're looking for a way to give your favorite recipes a flavor boost, enhance them with beer. Each type of beer is known for a different, specific flavor, so consider what brew works best with the ingredients you're using before pouring it in.

Not only will you give your favorite recipes a unique flavor, but you can also enjoy a few sips of a cold one here and there as you prepare lunch or dinner. Whether you prefer basic beers or are more of a gourmet, craft beer type, you'll be able to work your favorite kind into your recipe of choice. 

There is a wide variety of beer varieties, such as pale ales, brown ales, India pale ales, lagers, stouts, and porters. If you prefer a lighter-tasting beer to enhance your food, go with a pale ale, a pale lager, or a pilsner. If stronger tasting beers are more your thing, you can't go wrong with stouts and porters. Darker beers typically feature richer, earthier flavors, and are more full-bodied, making them ideal for bolder tasting foods. 

You can add beer to a typical weeknight meal for a touch of creativity, or use it to make party food more exciting for guests. You can serve a variety of foods buffet-style labeling the type of beer used in each dish.

Here are some creative ways you can incorporate beer into recipes:

1. Beer Cheese Dip

Perfect for casual special events, such as birthdays or football viewing parties, beer cheese dip generally features either regular or nonalcoholic beer, ranch salad dressing mix, cream cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese.

Blend all ingredients until smooth, and serve with crackers or hard or soft pretzels. Beer cheese dip works well by itself, or as part of an appetizer spread. 

2. Beer-Battered Fish 

Beer gives a typical batter a fuller, richer flavor that complements fish, such as walleye, cod, or haddock, well. Add beer to your favorite batter recipe to create a crispy, golden crust. French fries and coleslaw make the perfect accompaniments to the beer-battered fish. You can also use the batter for making crunchy, flavorful onion rings or fried mushrooms.

3. Chili 

Give your usual chili recipe a more robust taste with the addition of any type of beer. You can add it to the pan after cooking the vegetables, such as green peppers and onions, to deglaze the bottom. Stir in all of your other typical ingredients and serve topped with shredded cheese and sour cream. 

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