Adding a unique twist to traditional holiday dishes this season? Spoil your guests with creative, flavorful recipes that will make your upcoming Thanksgiving a delicious and memorable one. Incorporate your favorite beer concoctions into the classic turkey dish, basting sauces and desserts - the possibilities are endless and sure to satisfy even the most picky eater! Serve up that turkey with a brew this holiday and delight your family and friends with a truly amazing feast!
Give That Turkey A Brew!
Heating up the kitchen for the upcoming holidays? This classic Recipes are updated to fit the needs of a homebrewer, beer connoisseur and everyday foodie. The classic holiday recipes have been tweaked to take advantage of the flavor of the beer and will leave your family or friends in amazement. Let's get started!
Making sure the centerpiece of the table is moist, juicy and flavorful is key. Replace the often-used (and boring) apple cider and salt brine with 3-4 type of beer and a few other ingredients.
- Choose 3-4 types of beer. If you are a craft beer fan, make sure to choose darker beers and pale ales.
- Mix together the beers with 1-2 cups of sugar, 1-2 tablespoons of salt, 2-3 bay leaves and a few cloves of garlic.
- Fill a 5-gallon bucket halfway full with the beer/sugar/salt mixture, then fill it with cold water.
- Add ice cubes to the mixture until it cools to 40-50 degrees.
- Submerge the turkey in the beer brine and place the bucket covered in a refrigerator overnight.
- The next day, take the turkey out of the mixture and pat it dry.
- Cook the turkey according to your favorite turkey cooking guide.
Your family and friends will be amazed at the flavorful and juicy turkey! The beer brine adds a subtle flavor that will add to the holiday meal.
Beer-infused Cheese Appetizers
Want to wow your guests with a flavorful appetizer? Take cheese, add beer and you'll have a perfect combination that won't last long on the table.
- Start by choosing a creamy cheese that pairs with beer, such as Boursin, Robiola, or Camembert.
- Place the cheese into an oven-safe dish and cover it with the beer of your choice.
- Bake the cheese in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
- The resulting cheese will be warm and creamy, with hints of the beer that you used.
- Serve the cheese hot with crackers or slices of baguette.
Beer Glazed Carrots
Unlike basic boiled carrots, this Beer Glazed Carrots recipe is sure to please all your family and friends. It combines the earthy flavor of carrots with the sweet and bitter glaze. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed.
- Start by cleaning and peeling 1 pound of carrots.
- Boil the carrots for 10-15 minutes until they're tender.
- Once the carrots are tender, drain and pour in a large skillet.
- Add 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup of your favorite beer to the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes over medium heat.
- Once the sauce begins to thicken and the carrots are fully glazed, they are ready to serve.
This dish is perfect for the holidays and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Plus, it's easy to make!
Cranberry and Beer Relish
A great side dish to kick off any dinner is cranberry and beer relish. The combination of tart cranberries and a beer of your choice yields an amazing flavor that can't be replicated with the store-bought version.
- Start by combining 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of your favorite beer, 1 cup of cranberries and 2 tablespoons of orange zest in a small sauce pan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for about 20 minutes.
- Once the relish is cool, pour it into