Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer


Have a stray bottle of beer hanging around in your fridge? Or perhaps you'd just like to expand your horizons in the kitchen by cooking with alcohol. Whatever the case, we've got you covered. Here are 12 uniquely delicious recipes you can make with beer.

1. Beer Bread

This cheddar beer bread requires no kneading or rising. Just mix the ingredients together and bake for 40 minutes until the crust is golden brown. The best part? All the ingredients of this bread can be purchased on the cheap at Aldi.

2. Beer-Cheese Fondue

Have a romantic date night in with this beer-cheese fondue. Combine 12 ounces of your favorite light beer with mustard, garlic, and hot sauce. Then add in cubed cheddar and cornstarch for texture. Serve with sliced bread, sausage, apple slices, or whatever else sounds good for dipping.

3. Beer Cake

Step dessert up a few notches with this Guinness chocolate cake recipe. It's fudgey, dense, and incredibly flavorful — but you'd never guess beer (one cup) is the star ingredient. Don't forget the salted caramel glaze!

4. Beer Brownies

The same idea applies with these beer brownies. You'll dump a half cup of your favorite stout or dark beer into the batch. Of course, if you'd rather keep them alcohol-free, you can substitute cold coffee.

5. Beer Can Chicken

Here's the secret for the juiciest chicken on the block: Put a beer can in it while it bakes. You'll pour out a quarter of the beer into your roasting pan before rubbing down the chicken with different spices. Then place the chicken upright on the beer can and bake for a little over an hour.

6. Beer Chili

There's a whole bottle of amber beer inside Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot chili recipe. First, brown chuck beef on your stovetop along with onions, garlic, and peppers. Then place all ingredients in your slow cooker and let simmer for five hours on high.

7. Beer Beef Stew

This hearty beef stew has a boozy twist. You'll pour two bottles into the stew before simmering to perfection in your Dutch oven. The rest is a mix of chunky meat and vegetables with a little Worcestershire sauce, paprika, tomato paste, and beef bouillon for added flavor.

8. Beer Ice Cream

Check out this beer ice cream with chocolate covered pretzels. You'll stir a bottle of beer together with sugar, milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and eventually egg yolks. Once the mixture is completely combined and cooked, you'll process it in your ice cream maker and fold in the pretzels.

9. Beer Doughnuts

You don't need to wait until fall to make a batch of these apple ale doughnuts. Pour a full cup of apple ale (or apple cider) into a saucepan to reduce. Then stir it together with flour, sugar, eggs, spices, and other ingredients. Freeze dough before cutting out circles, then fry on your stovetop.

10. Beer Fish

Try this classic beer battered fish recipe for dinner tonight. The batter comes together with flour, cornstarch, a bottle of beer, an egg, and some salt. Then heat oil in a Dutch oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit before dipping in the batter and frying to golden.

11. Beer BBQ Sauce

Slather this stout and sriracha BBQ sauce on anything and everything. All you do is heat the beer, sriracha, ketchup, and other spices over medium heat. Sauce is done when it's thick. Store in an airtight container in your fridge.

12. Beer Dip

If you don't have time to cook fondue, try this simple beer dip instead. Stir together cream cheese, beer, ranch dressing mix, and shredded cheddar. That's all. Then serve with pretzels and veggies.

What's your favorite way to use beer in cooking?

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