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Short & Stout: Beer-Loving Foods!

Short & Stout: Beer-Loving Foods!

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Ever think about ways to enjoy beer, beyond the pint glass, bottle or can? Beer, stout, lager, pilsner and ale—and all their magical, complex flavors and makeup—can be a great addition to your recipes and cooking! Not only can beer enhance the flavor of food, but also it’s great for:

•Adding additional lift to quick breads, such as pancakes, muffins and bread loaves that get lift from leavening already and even more lift when beer is added
•Heightening and blending flavors in a dish
•Tenderizing tough cuts of meat when used as a marinade

Now, you may be thinking will all that beer, will I get, well, drunk? No, not to worry; you won’t even get a beer buzz. When heated, most of the alcohol evaporates, leaving just the complex flavors behind—so, yes, it’s safe to eat and drive!

To create your own dishes enhanced with beer in your kitchen, try these simple tricks:

•Substitute your favorite beer for other liquids in a recipe
•Know the flavor of the beer you are adding because as the water evaporates, it will leave behind sweetness, hoppiness (bitterness) or other flavors depending on the characteristics of the beer used
•Use lighter, milder beers in foods that are lighter in flavor—breads, salads, soups
•Use heavier, richer beers in heavier, stronger-flavored foods—stews, beef, chocolate desserts

Experiment cooking with brew in your favorite recipes, or try these tempting ones that your family and friends are sure to love!

Pub Cupcakes
Pub Cupcakes

The richness of chocolate and caramel combined with beer will leave your guests wondering what your secret ingredient is! Topped with the saltiness of pretzels and peanuts, it’s a sweet-salty dream you wish you could get from a pub! GET THE RECIPE

 

Parmesan-Dill Beer Bread
Parmesan-Dill Beer Bread

This quick and easy beer bread is a great go-with for winter meals. Stir it up in 10 minutes, then let the aroma fill your kitchen as it bakes. Mmm…this is going to be goooood! GET THE RECIPE


 

Bacon-Cheddar Pizza with Beer Crust
Bacon-Cheddar Pizza with Beer Crust

A simple, homemade beer flatbread is the base to this yummy twist to pizza. Pizza this good and easy will make the delivery guy a no-show at your house. GET THE RECIPE