By Kristin Sidorov
We all love kicking back with a cold beer at the end of a long day, but who knew just how rewarding (and easy) it could be in so many of our favorite fall recipes? With its unique hoppy flavor and yeasty froth, beer adds a wonderful richness with just a touch of zing to roasts, chilis, and even mac ‘n cheese (talk about comfort food).
Beer is an ideal ingredient for sweets and baked treats, too. Whether you’re nesting for the night or entertaining a crowd, these recipes are sure to please while keeping it simple (most need just one pot) and affordable. Let the beer work its magic while you take all the credit. Go ahead and pour one for the chef!
Adding beer to any soup, stew, or hearty main instantly gives it a nice hearty flavor that is sure to complement the season’s beloved ingredients.
—Pumpkin Chili Mole (Florida Coastal Cooking)
—Beer Batter Spätzle (My Fare Foodie)
—Beer Chili (with Beerbread Cornbread!) (The Edible Perspective)
—Beer Mac ‘n Cheese (Live Love Pasta)
—Apple Oktoberfest Cheese Soup (Evil Shenanigans)
—Beer Risotto with Chanterelles and Bacon (No Onion Please)
Beer adds a real depth of flavor to meats while helping to keep things nice and juicy:
—Short Ribs with Beer and Buckwheat Honey (Food 52)
—Beer Braised Pulled Pork (Domestic Fits), perfect with these Sweet Potato Beer Fries (The Edible Perspective)
—Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken (How Sweet It Is)
—Grilled Beer Brats with German Potato Salad (Ezra Pound Cake)
Don’t skimp on the sweets! Chocolate and beer are a match made in heaven (not to mention pumpkin!) Put it all together for some perfectly indulgent fall treats.
—Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes (Snappy Gourmet)
—Oktoberfest Brownies (Sugar Plum Blog)
—Beer Caramel Ice Cream (Serious Eats)
—Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes (Formal Fringe)
—Chocolate Beer Truffles (Ketchup to Chutney)
—Spiced Beer Cake (Divine Caroline)
Tell Us: What’s your favorite fall cooking ingredient (boozy or otherwise?)