Beer Happy: 8 Dishes That Get Better with a Brew

Oktoberfest 2017 starts this Saturday, and you know what that means…beer, beer and more beer! In case you aren’t able to make it to Germany, we’ve gathered the best of the best beer-inspired recipes so that you can get in on the fun, right from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Beer-Cheese Burgers

You already know that burgers and beer are the perfect combo, but how about combining the two into one? Adding beer to the cheese sauce makes it extra creamy and flavorful, creating a juicy mouthful in every bite.

Beer-Battered Fries

Adding beer to the batter of these crispy French fries achieves more than just a great flavor — the bubbles actually help to create a lighter and crunchier texture all around! Serve with a few pints and you’ll be as golden as these fries.

Beer Bratwursts

Bratwurst, or German sausage, is especially delicious when grilled and served on a roll. The fun is in how you choose to top it. From sweet-and-sour onions and a bell pepper relish to smoky beer cheese, there are options to please the whole family.

Beer Can Chicken

Unleash the full potential of your backyard barbecue with Beer Can Chicken. Steam from the beer keeps the chicken moist and the can stand ensures an even roast, all while you enjoy a cold one. We’d consider that a win-win-win.

Healthy Chipotle Beer and Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

With just a few ingredients, this Shrimp Foil Pack makes it easy to enjoy a quick and light beer-infused meal. Plus, the lager naturally enhances the shrimp’s flavor while the foil pack keeps all the juices locked in.

Marcela’s Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

The flavors of soy sauce and garlic meet those of a light-colored beer and oranges in this Mexican-inspired skirt steak from Marcela Valladolid. Throw it onto the grill for an extra delicious char and serve it any way you like it(personally, we think this steak makes a pretty awesome taco filling).

Chocolate Beer Cake

If you’ve ever enjoyed stout, you’re familiar with its malty and roasted cocoa notes, which make it the perfect ingredient to enhance a chocolate cake. This is ideal for your next adult birthday or BYOBC (bring your own beer cake) event.

Michael Symon’s Beer and Bacon Toffee Sundaes

Thanks, Chef Symon — we can’t imagine a better way to overindulge than with beer, bacon, and ice cream! Seriously, the sweet and salty pairing here makes for what one fan calls “an incredibly sinful combination,” and we couldn’t agree more.

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