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Cooking with Beer

Seeing as how I really enjoy both beer and food, it’s natural I’d want to cook with beer.  My favorite appetizer is a beer and cheese dip with pretzels; it’s actually way too good and I had to stop making it because I couldn’t help myself and overindulged every time.  Last week I whipped up a batch of Ranger IPA mashed potatoes.  And last night I decided to try my hand at beer macaroni and cheese.

I’ve always loved mac & cheese, and I went with one of my most favorite Colorado beers to put in it: Ska’s Modus Hoperandi.  It was pretty much delicious.  Want to see for yourself?  Here’s my recipe:

2  c. macaroni, cooked according to pkg. directions, and drained

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

8 ounces milk

8 ounces beer (your favorite kind, though I don’t know if dark beer will work)

8 ounces freshly grated cheddar cheese

4 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon paprika

pinch of black pepper

pinch of nutmeg

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (I think I end up adding a bit more than this)

basil leaves, chopped for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375.

Heat a saucepan over medium high heat and add butter. Once melted and sizzling, whisk in flour to create a roux and cook until bubbly and golden, about 2 minutes. Add milk and beer into saucepan whisking constantly, then add cheeses and stir until melted. Turn heat down to medium and continue to stir, cooking for 5-6 minutes while mixture thickens. It might not thicken like regular mac and cheese because of the beer, but you want it to thicken a little bit by adding a bit of flour. Stir in pepper, paprika and nutmeg.

Add noodles to a casserole dish, then pour cheese over top, mixing gently to combine. Top with panko bread crumbs and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then top with fresh basil.

I’ve always got my eye out for new and interesting ways to cook with beer.  If you have a recipe I must try, please share.  I’ll try it myself as long as it’s vegetarian.

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“If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.” ~Charles Bukowski

One response »

  1. Sounds tasty! I’ll give it try!


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