Stop the canning. Forget the peaches and Concord grapes. There's no need to go through the trouble of making them into jams and jellies. Because, guys, there's beer jelly. And who in their right mind would want a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich when they can make it with beer?
Well, maybe beer and peanut butter are not the best flavor combination, but this dark ale spread makes a great addition to a plate of cheese and crackers. And, it lets us feel okay about having some beer before noon. This genius jelly is made at the hands of the Italians. It's a collaboration between an Italian chocolate maker and an Italian beer brewer -- which can only mean good things.
You can get the Omid dark ale spreadable beer at Selfridges -- when it comes back into stock that is.
Not into beer-flavored jelly? How about just cooking with your favorite ale.
Chili Con Queso
This version of chile con queso includes beer for a flavor boost. The recipe is made with a white sauce base to ensure the dip stays creamy -- it also cuts down on calories since you don't use as much cheese. Make it up to 3 days ahead of your party and reheat on the stove-top or microwave. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chile-con-queso_n_1061501.html" target="_hplink">Chili con Queso</a> recipe</strong>
Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos
For a leaner version of tacos, try this recipe for turkey tacos. The dark-meat turkey is braised in beer and spices including a cinnamon stick, which lends a warm flavor. Serve in warmed tortillas and top with cilantro and chopped red onion. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/beer-braised-turkey-tacos_n_1058230.html" target="_hplink">Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos</a> recipe</strong>
Beer-Battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken
If you crave the most tender and crispy fried chicken, this is your go-to recipe. Soaking the chicken pieces in buttermilk tenderizes them. The batter, of course, contains beer, which creates that crusty, crispy exterior. Everyone will be fighting for the last piece. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/beer-battered-buttermilk-_n_1058229.html" target="_hplink">Beer-Battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken</a> recipe</strong>
Beer Beef Stew
Beer lovers will appreciate this comforting beef stew recipe, which uses one cup of Belgian ale. Start the stew off on the stove-top and move it to the oven to finish cooking. Serve over noodles or mashed sweet potatoes. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/beer-beef-stew_n_1061291.html" target="_hplink">Beer Beef Stew</a> recipe</strong>
New England Fried Shrimp
A beer batter made with pale ale and whole-wheat pastry flour creates the crunchy jackets on these fried shrimp. Instead of deep frying them, try shallow pan frying, which produces just as good of a crunch but without all the oil. Serve as an appetizer with lemon and cocktail sauce. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/new-england-fried-shrimp_n_1061727.html" target="_hplink">New England Fried Shrimp</a> recipe</strong>
Cheese and ale were made to pair together. This comforting soup will please both cheese and beer lovers. Make it with store-bought chicken stock or vegetables stock. Serve in mugs with crusty bread or crackers. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheddar-ale-soup_n_1049672.html" target="_hplink">Cheddar-Ale Soup</a> recipe</strong>
Guinness-Marinated Bison Steak Sandwiches
These open-faced sandwiches are great for tailgating or game-day parties. A marinade of Guinness, soy sauce and molasses lends a sweet and savory flavor to the bison steaks. The recipe can be made on the grill or grill pan. Boil down the marinade to create a sauce to top the sliced steak. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/guinness-marinated-bison-_n_1061912.html" target="_hplink">Guinness-Marinated Bison Steak Sandwiches</a> recipe</strong>
Pureed dried chiles and Mexican lager add lots of flavor to this braised brisket recipe. The brisket is seared on the stove-top and then transferred to the oven to finish baking. Add beans, if you like, and serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips or use as a filling in enchiladas. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chile--beer-braised-bris_n_1056662.html" target="_hplink">Beer-Braised Brisket</a> recipe</strong>
Smoky Chili Dogs
Chili dogs are a surefire crowd-pleaser and this recipe feeds sixteen. In addition to beer, the recipe includes chipotles in adobo and pickled jalapeno, which give the chili a smoky and tangy flavor. Make the all-beef dogs on either the grill or in the broiler. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/hot--smoky-chili-dogs_n_1060903.html" target="_hplink">Smoky Chili Dogs</a> recipe</strong>
Beer And Tequila Carnitas
This recipe includes 1 cup of tequila and 2 bottles of Mexican beer to create the most mouthwatering carnitas. Serve the pork in warmed corn tortillas with a choice of different topping and let everyone assemble their own tacos. Make the recipe up to 3 days in advance. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/agustines-beer--tequila_n_1062164.html" target="_hplink">Beer and Tequila Carnitas</a> recipe</strong>
Ultimate Beef Chili
This chili recipe has everything going for it. It's loaded with flavor from beer, spices and even sun-dried tomatoes, which lend a touch of sweetness. Instead of ground beef, it's made with chunks of beef for a real hearty meal. Serve topped with grated cheese, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/ultimate-beef-chili_n_1048890.html" target="_hplink">Ultimate Beef Chili</a> recipe</strong>
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
You don't have to be a tailgater to make this pulled pork recipe -- our version is cooked in the oven. It's packed with spicy and tangy flavor from chili powder, beer, ketchup, cider vinegar and mustard. Serve in rolls with slaw and sliced red onion. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-pork_n_1049227.html" target="_hplink">Pulled Pork Sandwiches</a> recipe</strong>
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