I can tell that summer is fast approaching because we have grilled this week at least three times. My husband is usually in charge of this, so after the third night of grilling he seemed annoyed. “Again?” he asked. I didn’t remind him that I have dinner duty 7 times a week. I deliberately take Saturday night off, but then there’s the family dinner party or something else that I find myself cooking for. But, nevertheless, I’m excited to take the kitchen outside, if you know what I mean!
Sometimes products get passed on to me to develop recipes with. I don’t do this very often, unless I really like the product, company or challenge presented to me. This time, through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I was asked to create a dish that either features or pairs well with a New Belgium Brewing Company beer.
I admit that I am not a beer drinker, nor a big wine drinker. My hubby is both. But, I love to cook with both. The alcohol is burned off in the cooking process and you are left with a dish that is very flavorful and safe for the kids to eat!
My first thought when I was given this project, was what goes well with beer? Instantly, I thought of a burger! And with these Grilled Spicy Cheese Stuffed Hamburgers, you will be reaching for your favorite brewski to cool your mouth off. Of course, I didn’t make them too spicy, since the hubs doesn’t do spicy. But, you can always crank up the heat and add more hot sauce. You can also substitute pepper-jack cheese instead of cheddar.
Next, I wanted to cook with the beer. I’ve already done this in the past with my Beer Braised Pot Roast with Herb Dumplings and Grilled Elk & Deer. This time I butterflied a whole roast chicken, a.k.a. spatchcocking, and marinated it for 6 hours in a mixture of New Belgium Brewing Company’s 1554 Black Ale, onions, garlic, mustard and spices. The beer really makes this chicken juicy.
I placed the chicken breast side up in my cast-iron skillet and roasted it for 45 minutes at 425ºF. I originally wanted to grill it, but the hubby gave me the evil eye when I hinted about lighting up the fire. Okay, he can have a night off.
The Black-Ale Marinated Spatchcocked Chicken was amazing. There was no overt beer flavor. And my kitchen had this amazing sweet aroma while the chicken quietly roasted in the oven. Super Easy. Super Delicious.
Here are some other great recipes that use beer: