Technically, Oktoberfest has come and gone, if we’re talking about exactly when the traditional German festival of Bavarian culture occurs. Still, the celebration has taken on a life of its own around the world, especially if we’re talking about one of its main attractions: beer. Then again, we don’t need an excuse to extol the virtues of this ever-popular quaff during this month or any other.
As delightful as it is to drink, beer also makes a wonderful addition to savory and sweet cooking. So grab an extra bottle or can and check out one of these recipe from our archives:
Spicy Beer Mustard, above. This mustard is powerful, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll feel the heat go straight to the top of your head. And yet you’ll want more. We loved it served with soft pretzels. You will only use part of a bottle of stout, but you can sip on the rest while you munch.
The Red-Eye. If you’re tired of the same old bloody mary for brunch, try this cocktail, which also features A1 Steak Sauce, Old Bay and Frank’s Red Hot sauce.
Rattle-Skull, at left. A porter is a fine fall beer, but you can take it up a notch when you mix it with rum and applejack. If you prefer to pretend it’s still warm, the Oranj-a-Bloom, at right, is lighter, with white beer, citrus and refreshing mint.
Beer-Roasted Mushrooms. Serve these on their own for a vegetarian main; they’d be nice also on top of a salad or in a sandwich with gooey cheese.
Dorie Greenspan’s Belgian Beef and Beer Stew. This is the kind of dish you probably think of when we talk about cooking with beer. As with many stews, you can make it several days in advance.
Soft Beer Flatbreads. Here’s a great entry point for beginning bread bakers. Brown ale further enhances the yeasty flavor.
Slow-Rise, No-Knead Rustic Caraway-Beer Bread. If you’re in the market for a heartier, larger beer bread, we suggest this homey loaf, which is baked in a souffle dish or ovenproof casserole dish.
Guinness Fruit Cake. Save this recipe for the upcoming holiday season. Beer makes a nice swap for the typical hard liquor, plus you can eat this cake as soon as it’s made, no aging required.
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