As much as I love beer, I just might love food even more. But when you can combine the two… oh man! Using beer in a recipe is a great way to incorporate a little additional flavor. Next time you’re sautéing something on the stove just try adding a splash of beer! The beer will evaporate ,but whatever is in your pan will absorb the flavor. It’s really no different than cooking with wine. These are some basic recipes I’ve used and found that are good starting points and are easy to experiment with.
Beer pizza crust
Quick, easy, and doesn’t require time to let the dough rise. This was a favorite of mine back in college. Haven’t made it since but I just might have to this weekend. I imagine it tastes a lot better using a good craft beer as opposed to Natty Light when that was all I could afford. I have a strong feeling this would be good with your favorite oatmeal stout or Great Lakes’s Rye of The Tiger IPA.
3 cups unbleached flour for crust. White or whole wheat. + more for your work surface
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
12 oz (1 can/bottle) of beer
olive oil (to grease your pan)
Simply mix your flour, baking powder, and salt in a big bowl. Make a well in the middle with your fist (or the beer can/bottle), poor your beer in, and mix well.
Your dough will be sticky, so be sure to put plenty of flour on your work area as you toss and knead your dough.
When your dough is smooth and pliable, just shape your dough into a ball, roll it out with a rolling pin, and toss it on your greased pizza pan. I personally don’t have the patience to roll out a perfectly round crust, so my pizzas are usually square in shape. Depending on how thick you want your crust, this recipe can get you 1-2 crusts.
*Semolina and/or corn meal is also good to add to your greased pan before you add your dough. It will give your crust a little extra texture and flavor.
Add your sauce and toppings and bake at 450ºF for 12-15 minutes or until your crust is golden brown on the edges! You can even add beer cheese to your pizza, which leads me to the next recipe…
Haven’t tried beer cheese yet? What are you waiting for?! It goes great with those big soft pretzels and french fries.
I haven’t tried my hand at making it myself yet, but I will be trying this recipe soon. If anyone else tries it or has a really good beer cheese recipe be sure to share! This recipe seems like a good one to try first. Thank you, Joshua Bousel, for sharing this with us on www.seriouseats.com!
Beer battered anything is easy to make. Try this beer batter recipe and fry up some onion rings with it! Try with your favorite lager or any other beer. Play around with the spices too. I like adding a tsp or two of garlic powder and some chipotle seasoning. Smoked paprika is a great to use too. Lightly coating whatever you are going to fry in flour will help the batter stick better. White flour can be used, but I personally like the added flavor from the corn flour.
1 Cup Masa de Harina (corn flour)
1 Egg (beaten)
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp salt
8 ounces of your beer of choice
Mix your flour and spices together in a bowl, add your egg*, and add your beer. Whisk all together until its mixed thoroughly or to your desired texture/consistency. More beer or flour may need to be added to adjust.
*For you vegans, I’m sure egg replacer would work well enough, though I haven’t tried that. A spicy brown mustard may be a good substitute and would probably make it taste even better… Might have to try that soon
If you read that and thought “what, like a root beer float?”, well that’s exactly what it is. Get yourself a nice chocolate stout, I suggest Sam Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, poor it over some vanilla ice cream, and enjoy your first beer float. Or try it with a vanilla porter and a scoop of chocolate ice cream. A lot of those spiced seasonal beers from the fall and winter would be great. Heck, this past year Pav’s Creamery and Hoppin Frog Brewery, locals of Akron, teamed up to make some awesome beer flavored ice creams!
I hope you all try making at least one of these sometime, it’s really cool how beer can change and enhance whatever dish you’re making. Be sure to share any of your recipes you have for cooking with beer too!