For all of our fellow beer lovers out there traversing the world, here are a few recipes that are simple, delicious, and just a bit boozy! We also love to cook, so what better way to incorporate our favorite things than trying out a few international recipes and cooking with beer! Try a few of these at your next dinner party, and pair them with a couple pints of your favorite beer for an international, tasty and festive good time!

Irish Cheesy Chive Guinness Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 12-ounce bottle or can of Guinness (or other Irish stout beer)
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese to mix with bread
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese to top bread
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Line one 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, or alternatively, coat with butter.
  • In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Slowly pour in the Guinness and mix until the dough is consistent. Fold in the 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese and the chopped chives.
  • Spoon the batter to your prepared pan. After spreading evenly, pour the melted butter over top of the dough.
  • Bake about 30 minutes then sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar over the top. After you’ve added the cheese, bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes a toothpick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm (with additional butter, if desired) and enjoy!

German Cream Cheese Beer Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup German beer of choice
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  • This one is so simple – In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat the cream cheese, beer and dressing mix until smooth.
  • Once thoroughly mixes, stir in the cheddar cheese.
  • Serve with pretzels or twisty baked bread sticks and enjoy!

Bavarian Beer Mac N Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups macaroni pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Amber Ale or Pilsner
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Panko breadcrumbs for topping

Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta until just al dente. Rinse, strain and set aside. While the pasta cools, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat, then add garlic and stir.
    Slowly mix in the flour, continuously whisking for one minute. (The roux should be golden brown.)
  • Next, whisk in the milk and beer of your choice, then bring the pot to a boil until the mixture has thickened. Reduce heat and add in the cheeses, stirring until melted.
  • Now that the cheese mixture is ready, add your noodles and stir well. Use salt and pepper to taste.
  • After stirring, transfer the noodles into a baking dish and top with breadcrumbs to taste.
  • Bake your dish at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.
  • Top with bacon bits or hot sauce if you’d like! Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy your Bavarian beer mac n cheese with a fresh pint of Pilsner!

Scottish Crock Pot Beer & Barley Brisket

Ingredients:

  • 2-2.25 lb. Beef Brisket
  • 3 large Potatoes
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 large Carrot
  • ¼ Turnip
  • ¼ cup Barley (Pearl Barley preferred)
  • 2 cups Dark Ale (like Guinness or a London Porter)
  • 2 cloves Garlic – crushed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions:

  • Thinly slice the potatoes and onions and layer them alternately in the bottom of the crock pot. Place the brisket on top of this base.
  • Peel and cube the carrot and turnip and add them along with the barley to the slow cooker around the sides of the beef in the pot.
  • Crush the garlic and rub it over the top of the brisket, then season it with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the dark ale over the vegetables around the meat. Mix together the Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce and spoon over the brisket.
  • Set your crock pot to low and simmer for 8 hours.
  • Once done, enjoy this meal on it’s own or on a slice of bread as a sandwich! This particular recipe keeps well in the fridge for leftovers as well.

Canadian Bacon and Beer Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 pound Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen cut green beans, thawed
  • 1/3 cup beer (Molsen or other Canadian beer)
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tbs brown sugar
  • 3 tbs white vinegar
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp grated onion

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the beans, beer and butter to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until beans are crisp yet tender.
  • Place a layer of paper towels on a plate and move your cooked bacon over to drain/soak. Next, move beans to separate bowl with a slotted spoon and keep warm.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, cornstarch and onion, whisking until blended.
  • Stir the sugar mixture into the original bean saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add beans to the mixture and heat through, then simply sprinkle with bacon!

Spanish Crock Pot Beer Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 lb. chicken, quartered or skinless breasts
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 3/4 c. Spanish beer (6 oz.)
  • 1 sm. jar stuffed olives with liquid
  • Cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Mix your spices in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Wash the chicken pieces and season with the mixture of salt, pepper, paprika and garlic, and place in crock pot. In a separate bowl, mix the tomato paste and beer together and pour over chicken.
  • Add olives and liquid to the pot, and any cayenne pepper for spice (always to taste!), then cover and cook on low 7 to 9 hours.
  • Serve over rice or noodles!

German Beer and Cheddar Fondue

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Stout German beer
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Pretzel sticks and sliced smoked sausage to dip

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, combine cheese and flour, mixing well. In a small saucepan, heat the beer, garlic, mustard and pepper over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan.
  • Reduce heat on the saucepan to a medium-low; add a handful of the cheese mixture to start, stirring constantly, using a figure-eight motion, until almost completely melted.
  • Continue adding cheese mixture, one handful at a time, stirring well and allowing the cheese to almost completely melt between additions.
  • Keep warm and serve with pretzels and sausage, or any other dipping treat you’d like!

Cheers to all the delicious and boozy foods from around the world!

4 Comments on “7 Delicious & Simple Beer-Based International Recipes

  1. Really interesting! So, I just learnt this for free? Amazing! I’m going to try it out, sure I will leave my feedback here on how it goes. I hope I get it right. Many thanks!

  2. I think I love the German Cream Cheese Beer Dip; it’s looking good and simple in preparation. I’m going to try it out soon. I just hope I won’t mess things up much.

    • Thanks Lizzy! It’s really not too difficult 🙂