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30 Recipes to Make With Beer

Crack open a cold one while you indulge in one of these delicious recipes.

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Beer Dip

Ranch dressing mix flavors this fast-to-fix mixture that’s packed with shredded cheese and is made to go with pretzels. It’s one of those snacks that when you start eating it, you can’t stop! This dip can be made with any type of beer, including nonalcoholic. I’ve taken it to many parties and am always asked for the recipe. —Michelle Long, New Castle, Colorado

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Can-Can Chicken

Once the bird is on the grill, the work’s basically done. And cleanup is a cinch—a must for a guy like me. —Steve Bath, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Chocolate Guinness Cake

One bite and everyone will propose a toast to this moist, chocolaty cake. The cream cheese frosting resembles the foamy head on a pint. —Marjorie Hennig, Seymour, Indiana

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Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl

My entire family loves this cheese dip. I often get requests to bring it to gatherings with friends. Chopped scallions make a pretty garnish. —Julie Koch, Delaware, Ohio

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Beer Macaroni & Cheese

Creamy with a hint of beer, this macaroni is one of our favorites for a big family dinner. —Lauren Petersen, Everett, Washington

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Swiss Beer Bread

This recipe is a favorite because it isn’t greasy like other cheese breads I have tried. It will not last long! —Debi Wallace, Chestertown, New York

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Soft Beer Pretzels

What goes together better than beer and pretzels? Not much that I can think of. That’s why I put them together into one delicious recipe. I’m always looking for new ways to combine fun flavors and this pretzel certainly fits the bill. —Alyssa Wilhite, Whitehouse, Texas

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Savory Onion Chicken

Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this tasty chicken entree. Buy chicken that’s already cut up to save even more time. —Julia Anderson, Ringgold, Georgia

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Green Beans in Beer Sauce

The beer and bacon in these delicious green beans makes them worthy of any main dish. —Lynn Thomas, London, Ontario

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Honey-Beer Braised Ribs

Braised in beer with a sweet honey finish, these tender, flavor-rich ribs will be the talk of the table. Serve them with baked potatoes, green beans, and a salad for a memorable meal. —Terry Serena, McMurray, Pennsylvania

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Beer Brat Chili

My husband and I love this chili because it smells so good as it simmers in the slow cooker all day. I can’t think of a better way to use up leftover brats. He can’t think of a better way to eat them! —Katrina Krumm, Apple Valley, Minnesota

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Crispy Beer Battered Fish

A local restaurant made a similar breading for shrimp po’ boys, but we think this version’s better. I serve it with a ranch dressing and hot sauce mixture as a dip. —Jenny Wenzel, Gulfport, Mississippi

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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

This creamy cheese soup is great at parties. Let guests serve themselves and choose from fun garnishes such as popcorn, croutons, green onions, and bacon bits. —Ann Huseby, Lakeville, Minnesota

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Simple Sparerib & Sauerkraut Supper

This recipe simplifies our busy lives and lets us celebrate family time with a hearty meal that is on the table fast. —Donna Harp, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Beer-Battered Potato Wedges

Serve these wonderful wedges just about any time. These potatoes are really good with hamburgers. They’re just like the ones served in restaurants. —Pat Miller, Lynnville, Tennessee

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Beer & Cheddar Fondue

This great-tasting fondue is my mom’s favorite, so I make it for her birthday every year. I like to serve it with apple slices, rye bread cubes, and chunks of carrots, mushrooms, celery, zucchini, squash, and broccoli. —Amanda Wentz, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Slow-Cooked Reuben Brats

Sauerkraut gives these beer-simmered brats a big flavor boost, but it’s the special chili sauce and melted cheese that put them over the top. Top your favorite burger with some of the chili sauce; you won’t be sorry. —Alana Simmons, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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Beer-Braised Stew

Guests will take one bite of this savory stew and immediately know something is different. And they’ll never guess the secret ingredient is beer! Serve this with a loaf of freshly-baked bread and everyone will be happy. —Geri Faustich, Appleton, Wisconsin

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Chili-Beer Glazed Steaks

Bold ingredients give these tender grilled steaks a taste you won’t soon forget. We loved the slightly sweet and pleasantly smoky glaze. Get ready to make mouths water! —Geordyth Sullivan, Miami

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Beer Fondue

This creamy, cheesy mixture keeps well in a fondue pot and is likely to be the star of the buffet. It’s excellent with pieces of hearty bread, pretzels, and fresh veggies. —Sonya Labbe, Los Angeles, California

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Herbed Beer Can Chicken

Our July Fourth tradition is to grill chickens that stand up on a can of beer. It’s a fun conversation piece. —Karen Barros, Bristol, Rhode Island

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Beernana Bread

Really, it’s simple arithmetic… or something like that: Beer is good. Banana bread is good. Beernana bread is great! Even guys who don’t know their way around the kitchen can pull this one off. —Steve Cayford, Dubuque, Iowa

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Slow-Cooked Shredded Pork

The tasty pork filling for these sandwiches requires very little work because it’s prepared in the slow cooker. The mild, sweet sauce is appealing. —Shirleymae Haefner, O’Fallon, Missouri

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Beer-Cheese Appetizers

Featuring kitchen staples like salsa, refried beans, sour cream, and two types of cheese, this crowd-pleasing appetizer comes together faster than a two-minute drill. —Kristy Wilshire, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Beer and Brats Nachos

Head to the Midwest for the big game with a platter full of these crunchy snacks enlivened with a beer-enhanced cheese sauce. —Kelly Boe, Whiteland, Indiana

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Potato Beer Cheese Soup

This satisfying potato soup has a velvety texture that’s not too thick or too thin. The subtle flavors of beer and cheese balance each other nicely, creating a soup that’s sure to warm you head to toe. —Patti Lavell, Islamorada, Florida

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Spicy Bavarian Beer Mustard

Here’s a gift that has bite! Include a festive tag that lists serving suggestions. For example, the spicy beer mustard is great with pretzels or as a condiment for bratwurst. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Beer-Braised Roast with Root Vegetables

My nephew is an avid hunter and makes an effort to share his bounty with family members. I like the combination of seasoned vegetables and lean meat in this recipe, and my wife likes how the seasonings complement the meat. I serve the roast with a garden salad and crusty multigrain bread. —Malcolm Cieszko, Washington, North Carolina

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Taylor’s Jalapeno Poppers

If you own a barbecue joint like I do, you pretty much dream about barbecue in your sleep. Jalapeno poppers are also one of my favorite appetizers, and this recipe is a great way to combine those foods. They’re very popular on the menu at my restaurant. Try your own variation by stuffing the peppers with cooked chicken or beef. —Taylor Hicks, Birmingham, Alabama

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French Dip Subs with Beer au Jus

These savory subs make a family-pleasing meal that comes together in no time. The tender roast beef goes great with the hearty beer dipping sauce and a garnish of banana peppers. —Susan Simons, McKenna, Washington

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