June 16, 2015 – Beer lovers, rejoice! We’re rounding up some tips and tricks to infuse your ordinary dishes with added flavor. Brew-infused eats make the perfect nosh for backyard barbecues, tailgating or a Father’s Day celebration. We bet dad won’t be able to refuse one of these!
Add to Marinades: Adding beer to marinades is a great way to tenderize meat and boost flavor. Here’s a quick step-by-step:
- Pick a flavor: For an Italian style marinade, try a middle-of-the-road beer with herbs like dried rosemary, thyme, oregano and basil. For an Asian-style flavor, add ginger and soy sauce.
- Plastic bags: Sealable baggies make the ideal container for marinating meat as they allow you to get rid of air and maximize your marinade amount.
- Timing: Depending on how tender you want the piece of meat, let it bask for anywhere from 15 minutes to overnight.
- Cooking: After you’ve marinated to your liking, cook it as preferred!
Braising with Beer: Call it braising or pot roasting, this tried-and-true method of cooking is easy because it tenderizes meat while adding ample flavor. Liquids used for braising tend to be acidic to better tenderize tougher meets.
Add to Barbecue Sauce: Beer and barbecue go hand in hand, so amp up your traditional homemade barbecue sauce with a bottle of your favorite brew. Like drafts, barbecue sauces can range in flavors. Depending on the flavor you’re going for, use a stout for sweet and spicy concoctions or amber ale for a tangier taste.
Use in Stir Fry: Stir fry can make the perfect meal, loaded with veggies atop brown or white rice and either chicken, beef, shrimp or even tofu, you have a complete meal. If stir fry is a weekday staple in your home for its convenience, punch things up a bit with half a cup to a cup of beer, depending on your yield size. For spicy and hot stir fries, opt for an IPA. For the milder dishes, go for simple pale ale.
Do you have a favorite use for beer in your dishes? Tell us in the comments!