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Sep 24, 2011 11:50 AM

Favorite recipes featuring beer as an ingredient?

After reading Mark Bittman's early September column "Beer as an Ingredient," I was inspired to host a fall porch party with seasonal beers and tasty food incorporating beer. My tentative menu includes the lightened Ale and Cheddar Soup from Bittman's column, some kind of beer-marinated grilled meat, and a Chocolate Stout Pudding for dessert.

What are your favorite recipes that feature beer as an ingredient? Starters, main dishes, desserts, whatever, I'm hungry! I'm especially interested in marinade recipes or ways to use beer for grilled meats or kebabs.

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  1. I regularly poach/parcook bratwursts in a beer-onion-peppercorn mixture before finishing on the grill.

    1. Beer Bread is great, and very easy.
      I also use beer in my beef stew, rather than broth or water.

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      1. re: lawhound05

        "I also use beer in my beef stew, rather than broth or water."

        I do the same in many different meat dishes ( goulash, pot roast etc) instead of water. I always have dome Yuengling around...

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I just had my first beer ice cream float and it was really good. Dark beer, vanilla bean ice cream, shot of chocolate syrup.

          1. re: HillJ

            I just happen to have all three ingredients handy:
            Guinness, HD vanilla, and Fox's U-bet. Hopefully I don't love this concoction too much.

            1. re: Cheese Boy

              Cheese Boy, you're gonna thank me. U-bet is the only way to go.

              1. re: HillJ

                HillJ, am I supposed to put all this in a blender at some point?
                Or am I whisking with a spoon?

                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  Neither actually. I was served a glass of dark beer with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream topped with the chocolate syrup. That's it. The ice cream and syrup blend as you enjoy it.

        2. i always use smoke beer in a braise (shanks, brisket sort of cuts).

          1. Beef stew meat or a cut-up beef roast, cut-up onions,cut-up portobello mushrooms, 1/2 cup flour, salt, an 8-oz can of tomato sauce, and 2-3 cans of beer. Cook in crockpot until beef falls apart. Eat with noodles (Spaetzel if you can get it) or potatoes. (Don't substitute other mushrooms for the portobellos as you want the dark intense juice.)