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things that go well with BEER...

instead of my normal wine-and-hors d'oeuvres soirees, I'm thinking about serving beer for my next casual get-together with friends. but I'm so accustomed to serving wine and wine-related food that I'm looking for ideas of things that specifically enhance one's enjoyment of beer. in my family, this generally means pizza, burgers, or Chinese food, but as this is more a casual party than dinner, and since I have a small kitchen, I'd like to stick to finger foods and things that can be prepared in advance. ideas? and beer pairings? thanks!

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  1. Spiced nuts, candied nuts, or spiced candied nuts with bacon (the recipe is somewhere on this board).

    My new favorite finger food is bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Or shrimp, but water chestnuts are cheaper and harder to overcook.

    Just think of your favorite happy hour menu and start from there. Get some cheddar cheese and toss into the processor with some garlic/shallots and beer - beer cheese ball with pretzels or pita chips.

    Meat pies are also good. You could make your own biscuit dough, but I use the Pillsbury-in-a-can biscuits. Cook up ground beef with onion, garlic, pine nuts, allspice, and S&P. Drain the excess liquid, mix in cream cheese as a binder, then plop a spoonful onto the biscuit dough. Fold in half, seal the edges (and poke a steam hole), and bake as directed.

    How about meatball sliders? Cut rounds from brioche and toast. Top with a meatball, carmelized onions, goat cheese, bacon or other toppings and add a fancy skewer to keep it all together.

    1. Sausages are fantastic stewed in beer. Saute an onion or two in the largest skillet you have, just until they begin to soften. Add thickly sliced sausages and continue sauteing until the onions begin to caramelize and the sausages are browned. Pour in the better part of one beer, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Season. Serve over mashed potatoes, or with sauerkraut on pumpernickel buns, or really any way you can think of.

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      1. re: chloe103

        Whoa, we just posted similar answers at about the same time. Freaky!

      2. Beer and brats! So I've actually never had them together but they are a standard combo. I hear the best way is to boil them in some bear and onions and then sear them before serving. You could probably slice them up and place them on some pretzel bread with mustard and some sauerkraut.

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        1. re: digkv

          And the wonderful three ingredient beer bread, of course, with the beer/cheese spread!

        2. Skewers (Sates, etc.)
          Certain Dim Sum dishes
          Tapas like Chorizos, Spicy Potatoes, etc.

          1. Homemade pretzel bites always go over well.. Chowhound just had a recipe a few days ago. and you can always fancy it up a bit with gourmet mustards.

            You can also do a cheddar/beer fondue

            I would think salty foods with strong flavors (ie bacon good, figs bad) and plenty of carbs (remember beer is liquid bread!)

              1. i think very spicy, greasy food goes unbelieveably well with beer, so i'd have to go with fried chicken wings in a spicy sauce...i.e, korean fried chicken, buffalo wings, etc. in general, i like lighter beers and really enjoy an ice cold peroni with my chicken.

                1. A Mixed Grill is another good option. Different Sausages, Meats (eg chops, chicken), etc and a bunch of pots of premium mustard, and other condiments. Just pile everything in the middle of the table on a big cutting board.

                  If you are doing a beer tasting thing. have a look at premium Belgian Beer. Serve with Mussels.

                  1. these ideas all sound amazing! I'm loving it...
                    so I'm thinking probably a Sam Adams winter, definitely Guinness (my love), probably an IPA, and Stella for my friends. it all works, right? I'm definitely feeling the sausage/pumpernickel idea and the nuts/cheese idea. apparently vegetables need not apply!

                    1. a patsys pie just over the triboro will do accompanied with sierra celebration ale.Go Giants

                      1. deep fried pickles. sounds weird, tastes delicious.

                        on a more traditional note, either german or mexican foods of all kinds go really well with beer. Try quesadillas with blackbean salsa.

                        1. Thinly sliced cured meats, cheeses, olives, sausages, ...

                          1. edamame!

                            beer and edamame are like beer and brats/hot dogs/pizza in america. i always had edamame at baseball games in japan and the saltiness really complements the beer well.

                            1. Boiled eggs - deviled eggs.


                              1. Brats! With kraut and mustard.

                                1. We've been making a real simple dip. A medium size can of chili, or homemade chili, a brick of cream cheese, and roughly same size brick of monterey jack cheese, sour cream optional. Microwave it about 6 minutes or put in crock pot on high for an hour and stir it a few times. Switch to low to keep it warm. You can add jalapeno slices in for even more heat. I think heat is generally key for beer pairing.

                                  1. a nearby microbrewery does a jalapeno beer that is fantastic with a cheese plate as an appetizer....this is not a beer that you'd want to down a six pack of !!

                                    isn't guinness supposed to be a good chocolate pairing? I love the stuff...it's a meal in a glass mmmmmmmmmmm.

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                                    1. re: im_nomad


                                      check the stout truffles on the site.....great make ahead dessert !!

                                      and check this article for food-beer pairings.


                                    2. A nice carbonnade (see, e.g., http://principiagastronomica.com/post/21), made with the same beer -- better yet, dark ale -- that you are going to serve to drink. MMmmmm.

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                                      1. re: ozhead

                                        what is carbonnade? I tried the link and got an error...but I'm so intrigued!

                                        also, I saw the thread about the Guinness brownies and that sounds incredible. the best of all worlds.

                                        1. re: Sophia.

                                          Simply put a Carbonade is a spicy beef stew made with beer. I think it's originally French. Google for recipes.

                                          1. re: Gio

                                            Correct: primarily beef, onions, and ale or beer. I think it's more Belgian than French, but who's counting?

                                      2. Bread and cheese. I like sourdough and aged white cheddar with brown ale myself.

                                        1. If it is cold where you are, how about Cheddar Beer Soup, made in advance, warmed in the Crock Pot! Mugs make it sort of finger food and you don't need spoons!

                                          1. I would have to say Fresh baked pretzels with sea salt, and Bruschetta with plenty of garlic. Guinness always goes well with chocolate. Sounds funny but I would serve up a platter with those little chocolate covered pretzels and watermelon, then sit back and listen to the comments, works everytime.

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                                            1. re: Jimbosox04

                                              chocolate-covered pretzels happen to be my specialty...but finding a watermelon in NYC in February may be a little more challenging!

                                              1. re: Sophia.

                                                ok, ok, hold the thought for the next time you have some beers around a nice cook-out.