Ten Beer-Inspired Dishes

Short Ribs
Paired with potato gnocci and braised vegetables, this recipe was the first thing I ever made from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Pouring the bottles of beer in the pot was the most satisfying part of this recipe other than eating it.

Ropa Vieja
Beer does indeed make your clothes fall off. Or is that tequila? Either way, ropa vieja means 'old clothes' and the meat falls apart and soaks up all of the alcoholic goodness in the pot. Try it.

Mexican Fajitas
I am not a fan of Mexican food. I never have been. But this meal was one of the best, most memorable meals I've ever had. I think it has something to do with the fact that I made it myself. The only part of this dish that has beer is the rice, but the tortillas and the fajitas are worth a look, too.

Beer-Steamed Mahi with Bearnaise Sauce
A little fancy, but very easy to make. The perfect recipe for date night or "Impress That Potential Significant Other Night". The original recipe called for salmon, but I lightened it up with mahi. The beer is reduced to a mere two tablespoons, but there's plenty left for drinking while you're cooking.

Carolina Brewery Experience
No recipes here, but the eight dishes were all inspired by and paired with craft beers from Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, NC and Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, NY. For all of my creative readers out there, I'm sure you could come up with a variation of any of these recipes at the drop of a hat.

Strawberry Red Wine Brownies
Yes, I said wine. But you can easily modify this recipe and use a fruit style beer like raspberry (framboise), peach (pêche), blackcurrant (cassis), grape, or strawberry lambic. I might actually try that next time...

Crab Cakes & Blooming Onions using New Belgium Brewing Co. brews
Once upon a time, I was paid to develop some recipes using New Belgium's seasonal and regular brews. I drank, drank and drank my way through 8 different beers and I came up with a couple of recipes that you'll see if you click above.

If none of those recipes inspire you to use beer, maybe some recipes from other food bloggers can trip your trigger.

Beer inspired dishes from around the web:

Beer Battered Cheese Curds from Savory Experiments

Beer Macaroni & Cheese from Big Bear's Wife

100 Ways To Use Beer In Food & Drinks from Endless Simmer

Beer Battered Grilled Cheese from Food For My Family

Beer-braised Beef & Onions from Magnolia Days

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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. Not a fan of beer, but love pink lemonade! #SouthernHospitality

  2. Thank you so much for the shoutout of my Beer-braised Beef & Onions!


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