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Cooking with Hops

ecdopfel Aug 25, 2007 08:20 AM

Homebrewing is fun, and there's nothing like the smell of wort in the morning. But we have a freezer full of hop flowers and they're taking over! Does anyone have any good recipes for cooking with hops? It seems they would go well with chicken or white fish, white wine and lemon juice, maybe capers. Or as a substitute for any recipes that call for hoppy beers. I might try to make an iced "tea" with them and mix it with lemonade. If you have any recipes please share!

(PS: We have leftover Magnum, Centennial, and Northern Brewer hops to cook with right now, if that means anything to anyone.)

  1. d
    Diana Aug 25, 2007 01:54 PM

    They're kinda... well.. bitter. You really want to cook with them?

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    1. re: Diana
      ecdopfel Aug 25, 2007 04:08 PM

      We have 10-year old aged hops and aromatic hops, which allegedly don't impart as much of the bitter flavors. And I don't think bitter is a bad thing, if it can be well-managed. Just wanted to see if anyone had tried cooking with these before!

      1. re: ecdopfel
        holy chow Aug 26, 2007 04:51 PM

        I used to cook with 'em all of the time.

        I'd cook a good Belgian golden, a rye IPA....

        I digress.

    2. WCchopper Aug 25, 2007 06:15 PM

      I only have experience with the bitter stuff, but I appreciate the floral, apricot/ honeysuckle quality of hops. Could they infuse a simple syrup to be used in a fruit sorbet?

      1. f
        FoodScribe Jul 6, 2011 08:58 AM

        OMG.. I just had fried hop blossoms that were surrounded by mascarpone cheese, battered and then fried. It mellowed the hop, and it was AMAZING! It was like a little bite of heaven.... think hoppy or hempy (mild though) with creamy cheese and tempura batter.. DIVINE. I had them at a beer dinner up at the Resort at Paws Up (a five-star resort in Montana)...

        1. MGZ Sep 27, 2011 10:47 AM

          Ok, I'm fascinated with this topic, so I figured I'd bump it up to see if anyone has any other thoughts/ideas. I have read a recipe for a hop fried chicken and seen a reference to it as a steak marinade. I'm not a fan a marinading steaks, generally, but perhaps with a cheaper flank cut or something? It seems to me that hops should work in a braise, pork maybe? Ice cream?

          Anyway, I renew the question: Who knows what about cooking with hops?

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          1. re: MGZ
            jkhdsf Mar 17, 2012 07:25 PM

            I'm experimenting with this right now. I'm working out a method for infusing hops into simple syrup for use in sodas.
            I'll be experimenting this evening with infusing into hot, cold & warm water to see if I can get the aromatics to infuse without taking the bitter qualities.
            Will post my results!
            I've heard they are wonderful in a tomato salad like you would use basil though. Provided you could get them fresh...dried hops would not work in that way

          2. j
            jkhdsf Mar 17, 2012 08:10 PM

            Here's a recipe for bruschetta made with hops


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