I have always loved to cook, which is probably why food and alcohol pairing came so naturally to me. I love the idea of matching together complimentary flavors, and making everything I serve pop. Although most people decide to pair food and wine, I love to mix it up and add interesting lagers. In addition to significantly decreasing meal expenses, adding craft beers also has a way of making guests feel more comfortable. On this blog, I decided to share my love of all things alcohol and food, so that you can start churning out incredible dishes from the comfort of your own home.
Americans have long adored their beer, and in recent years, they have been blessed by the beer gods with even more brews to choose from. According to the Brewers Association, the craft beer market increased 13 percent in 2015. Craft brews are not only good for drinking, they're also great for cooking with. Here are three appetizer ideas to help you incorporate even more beer into your life.
Rye And Stout Quick Bread
Even if you've never baked a loaf of bread in your life, you'll have no problem whipping up this easy quick bread. Rather than relying on yeast to rise, a quick bread uses either baking powder or baking soda as the leavening agent. For this bread, baking powder is used in combination with the natural yeast and carbonation in beer. There is no kneading or waiting for it to rise; you just simply mix and bake.
In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups of rye flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup molasses, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/3 cup melted butter, and 2 cups of your favorite stout beer. Mix with a spoon until all of the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Pour into a buttered and floured standard bread pan. Place in a pre-heated 400°F oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Beer Cheese Dip
Now that you have your bread in the oven, it's time to make the perfect accompaniment, a creamy, cheesy dip to dunk your bread chunks into.
In a large mixing bowl, place one 8-ounce block of softened cream cheese, one cup each of shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and shredded Gouda, one teaspoon quality prepared mustard, one teaspoon garlic powder, one teaspoon garlic salt, and a dash or two of cayenne. Combine all ingredients with your mixer on low speed. Slowly add 4-8 ounces of your favorite IPA craft beer until you achieve the right consistency for easy dipping. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with sliced green onions.
Slow Cooker Bavarian Bockbier Meatballs
This tasty appetizer is made easier with frozen, store-bought cocktail meatballs, but you can always substitute your favorite meatball recipe.
To your slow cooker, add one cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ cup craft brew root beer, and two cups of your favorite Bavarian bockbier. Stir until mixed. Add the frozen meatballs and set the cooker on low, which typically takes 6-8 hours. Check occasionally to see if you need to add more beer.
With football season here, these are the perfect half-time snacks for your friends and family gathering.Share