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Cooking with Beer

This Father’s Day, why not get some beer and pour your dad an icy cold drink like these Spicy Beer Cocktails? Then, take more of that beautiful beer and cook up a feast of Beer-Marinated Citrus Grilled Chicken for him.

In recipes for soups, stews, marinades and batters, you can replace some or all of the water, broth, wine or other cooking liquid with beer. You can even add beer to a cake or bread batter. Beer adds character, an earthy, rich flavor and depth, and that certain something that you just can’t put your finger on.

Have fun experimenting with a variety of beers, but remember to choose a beer that you will enjoy drinking once you’ve used it for cooking. (If you don’t like the beer you’re drinking, you’re not likely to enjoy it in your food.) And don’t worry — you won’t get drunk from cooking with beer! A good deal of the alcohol will naturally cook off. Here are some ideas and recipes to get you started:

Do you cook with beer? Share your ideas or a recipe in the comments section below.