Recipes: Cooking with Beer
PORTER ONION SOUP WITH GRUYERE CROSTINI
- 1.5 quarts homemade chicken stock
- 5 medium-large sized yellow onions, sliced as thin as possible
- 2 tbsp butter
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 bottle porter, such as Revolution’s Eugene Porter
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- 1 crusty baguette
- 1 wedge gruyere cheese
Using a large Dutch oven or soup pot, begin to caramelize your onions by adding butter, onions, and a bit of salt to your pot on medium-low/low heat. Stir every few minutes, until the onions start to brown and stick to the bottom of the pan. When this happens, it’s time to start adding some beer. Add enough to de-glaze the onions – stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan. Add your thyme and bay leaf. When the onions start to stick again, add more beer and repeat until all the beer is gone. The onions should be dark, rick and caramelized throughout by the end. Add your stock and season to taste. Simmer for 20 minutes to bring all the flavors together. You may want to add some water if the stock is very rich. Cut half inch thick pieces of baguette and toast with slices of cheese on top. Add the cheesy crostini atop your bowl of soup and voila!
SLOW COOKER RECIPES
One of the easiest ways to cook with beer is in a crock pot. Here are three slow cooker recipes we have followed (although we have varied the craft beers to enhance flavor profiles) and present them here for you to try. Kate Gagnon found these and others for her article, “Beyond Brats: Four Slow Cooker Recipes That Feature Beer” that was published in the kitchn, a hip web magazine devoted to home cooking and kitchen design.
Slow-Cooker Beer-Braised Pork And Black Bean Soup
Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos
Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Tacos With Chimichurri
Please leave comments and let us know if you have recipes that feature beer.