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Scotch Ale Spuds

Scotch Ale Spuds

These dark and beery potatoes work well on a barbecue or in a hot oven, and are great with lamb, in particular. Serves 4. 4 large potatoes 2 tbsp oil twigs of fresh rosemary 4 shallots, finely chopped ½ can dark Scottish ale Mix the ale, oil, shallots and rosemary in a bowl. Chop the potatoes into thumb-sized chunks, and toss them in the mixture, coating them well. Leave to soak for at least an hour, then pick out the…

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Beer Puffs

Beer Puffs

These puffs can be filled with any filling of your choice—pâté, tuna salad, seafood, cheese or vegetables all work. This makes 60 to 80 small puffs. 110g (4 oz) butter 150g (5 oz) plain flour, sifted ½ tsp salt 4 eggs filling of your choice 250ml (½ pint) beer Preheat the oven to 230C/450F/Gas Mark 8. Butter a baking tray well. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter into the beer and heat until it just starts to boil. Add…

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Beer & Onion Soup

Beer & Onion Soup

A personal favourite this. A dark ale works best—I usually use Guinness ale (not stout)—but anything flavoursome will do. Serves a couple of hungry people. 4 large onions, sliced 50g (2 oz) butter 500ml (1 pint) bouillon or vegetable stock half a baguette, halved 200g (7 oz) cheddar cheese, grated pinch sugar half a bottle of beer Melt the butter in a large pan and fry the onions on a low heat for a good half an hour, adding the…

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Stout and Spicy Pasta

Stout and Spicy Pasta

Guinness dishes are usually pretty heavy, but this one packs an unexpected punch. Smoked chillies (chipotles) are best, but regular jalapeños will do. Serves 4-6. 3 tbsp cooking oil 680g (1.5 lbs) chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 medium onion, finely diced 8 garlic cloves, crushed 2 ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 2 tins chopped tomatoes, drained 1 tin (150ml) tomato paste 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp dried oregano 1 tbsp dried thyme 2 fresh large red chillies,…

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Southern Cooked Greens

Southern Cooked Greens

“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.”—Tom Waits 225g (½ lb) raw bacon, chopped 3 medium onions, roughly chopped pinch cayenne pepper 2 shallots, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 75ml (¼ cup) white wine vinegar 1 tbsp brown sugar 3 kg (6 lbs) greens, collard greens, kale, or spinach, washed and stemmed 1 330ml bottle beer In a large pot, fry the bacon until crispy. Add the onions and cook until soft. Season…

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Potato Salad with Beer Dressing

Potato Salad with Beer Dressing

I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.”—Homer J. Simpson 1 kg (2 ½ lbs) potatoes 1 large red onion, roughly chopped 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped 2 tbsp chives, chopped For the dressing: 6 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 tbsp malt or cider vinegar 1 tbsp Dijon mustard ½ tsp sugar 250ml (½ pint) lager To make the dressing cook the onion in 2 tbsp oil until soft, then add…

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Mexican Drunk Chicken

Mexican Drunk Chicken

Pollo En Pulque, to give it its proper name, is a Tex-Mex staple. Serves 8. 4 chicken breasts with skin on 4 leg quarters with skin on 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small white onion, peeled 3 cloves garlic, crushed 350ml (¾ pint) chicken stock 1 large very ripe tomato, diced 1 large fresh chilli pepper, chopped 1 tsp allspice ½ cinnamon 10 small potatoes 1 can medium-dark beer Preheat the oven to 375F/190C/Gas Mark 5. In a medium pan,…

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Chinese Beer Chicken

Chinese Beer Chicken

Some people eat a hot curry and drink a beer with it. Why bother? With Chinese Beer Chicken you can get two-in-one. Serves 2. 2 chicken breasts 2 spring onions, finely chopped 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tsp dried chilli 2 tsp ginger, chopped 1 tsp cornflour pinch of sugar 200ml beer (plus a little extra) Mix half the garlic, the soy sauce, cornflour and a dash of beer and marinate the chicken in it…

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Bierbrood

Bierbrood

South African Beer Bread. This is great with soup on a cold winter’s night. 500g self-raising flour 125g cheddar cheese 50ml sesame or sunflower seeds 3 tbsp castor sugar ½ tsp salt 330ml beer Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a small loaf tin and sift flour, sugar and salt together in a mixing bowl. Then stir in the cheese and beer—you can add a little water if the dough is still too dry. You need to mix…

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Beery Cheese Spread

Beery Cheese Spread

This is lovely with some toasted pitta or tortilla chips. And a beer. 2 cups cheddar cheese, finely grated ¼ cup beer 3 tablespoons tomato purée 2 tsp Lea & Perrins 1 clove garlic, crushed Make sure the cheese has been out of the fridge for a while so it’s not all hard, then put it into a bowl with the beer, the tomato paste, the Lea & Perrins and the garlic. Blend or whisk with a fork as hard…

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