Booze. Yup. It really does. As you have probably already found out by reading this blog, I like to add a little something to most my dishes. Not a lot, but just enough to add another layer of flavor. This post is going to be devoted to one in particular type.... BEER. I have several favorite beer dishes such as..... Beer Cheese Dip, Beer Can Chicken, and Chocolate Stout Cake. The best part of cooking with beer is, of course, enjoying one while you are cooking:) Cheers!
Beer Cheese Dip (my sweet Mom has been making this forever and I never tire of it)
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic
1 tablespoon worcestershire
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound sharp cheddar; grated
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 cup beer
Cream the two cheeses in a food processor. Add the other ingredients and slowly pour in the beer. Serve with wheat thins. Doesn't get any easier then this and it is always a crowd pleaser!
Beer Can Chicken "Drunken Chicken"
1 whole chicken
3 tablespoons of your favorite rub (BBQ, cajun, whatever you like)
1 can beer
First things first...... Open the beer and take a few big sips out. Aahhh, better.
Then, remove the giblets and dry the chicken with a paper towel. Season the inside and outside of the bird with your rub of choice. Heat you grill to medium heat.
Holding the chicken upright, insert the beer can into the cavity. Place on the grill. You are wanting to grill this over indirect heat. Cook for about 2 hours. Until it is falling off the bone. Carefully lift the bird off the grill and let rest for 10 minutes. Your bird is going to its happy place. Give it some time :) Carve the chicken and Enjoy :)
* I would suggest you buy a Beer Can Chicken Rack at Home Depot. It makes it a little easier *