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Cooking With Beer

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(NC) - Are you ready to try something different on your next trip to the dinner table? If you are then head first to the refrigerator and pull out a bottle or can of beer and add it to your recipe. Adding a lager, ale or stout to your favourite dish will not only add a batch of new flavours to your meal, it will have your friends and family coming back for seconds time and time again.

Cooking With Beer
Why not try a twist on these traditional entertaining classics?

Cheese Beer Bread

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dark ale
  • 1 1/2 cups old Cheddar cheese, grated coarse, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in ale; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Remove 1/3 cup of the cheese and set aside. Stir remaining cheese into batter. Spoon batter into greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan. Pour butter over top.

Bake in preheated oven at 350F (180C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Sprinkle reserved 1/3 cup of cheese over bread and bake an additional 2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Remove bread from oven and let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan and place on rack to cool completely.

Beer Burgers

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. thyme

Mix beef, 1/2 cup beer, egg and bread crumbs together and shape into patties.

Barbecue patties to suit individual tastes.

Slice and saute onions in butter or margarine. Stir in remaining beer, Worcestershire sauce, basil and thyme into onions and heat thoroughly.

Spoon mixture on top of hamburger patties and serve on crusty kaisers.

Beer Marinade

  • 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Tabasco
  • 1 tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1 cup beer

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour over meat and allow to marinate for at least 5 to 6 hours or overnight. Use with beef or pork.

Beer 'Barbecued' Chicken

  • 1 cup light beer
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg. beaten
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup bread crumbs

Combine light beer, oil, salt, and bay leaf. Pour mixture over chicken; cover; and refrigerate overnight.

Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Mix egg and water together and dip chicken pieces in egg mixture. Roll chicken breasts in bread crumbs and place in greased baking dish.

Bake for 15 minutes. If you wish, you may refrigerate chicken at this point and finish cooking it 15 minutes before dinner.

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