Cooking with craft beer

    The beer spectrum has expanded with a variety of craft beers and offers an incredible array of flavors. A great craft beer can enhance a delicious meal, and it can also be used in cooking.  The world of beer offers many possibilities for perfectly matched food pairings, whether as a beverage or an ingredient.

    From IPA and pale ale to craft pils or strong stout beer: the variety of artisanal brewed craft beers is immense. Pale ale and India pale ale (IPA) brewed from light malt are now frequently found on a drinks menu. Pale ales are characterized by a very hoppy fruity taste. India Pale Ale is hopped at least twice, so it tastes slightly more bitter and has a higher alcohol content.

    Craft beers can be excellent additions to savory and sweet dishes, such as malty brownies with pecan nuts and a dash of stout beer, or creamy risotto with sparkling IPA.  Our recipe for Black Pork Marinated Pork Chop with Cinnamon Pears – flavored with thyme, oregano and Black IPA – is another delicious example.

    Craft beer is similar to wine in that it opens up completely new culinary worlds, whether as a beverage or an ingredient.  Enjoy!

    Recipe: Black pork marinated pork chop with cinnamon pears

    For the pork chop:

    4 pork chops à 200g 
    1 red onion 
    2 garlic cloves 
    2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme 
    2-3 sprigs of fresh oregano 
    500ml Black IPA 
    2 teaspoons salt 
    2 teaspoons sugar 
    fresh pepper

    For the cinnamon pears:
    4 large pears 
    2 tablespoons butter 
    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    Preparation of pork chop:

    1. Finely chop onion 

    2. Finely chop garlic cloves 

    3. Wash herbs, spin dry and finely chop 

    4. Mix all together with beer with salt, sugar and pepper in a bowl and marinate overnight 

    5. Remove from marinade and grill for 4-5 minutes each side

    Preparation of cinnamon pears:

    1. Cut pears into thin slices 

    2. Melt butter in a non-stick pan and add cinnamon 

    3. Add pears and cook for 2 to 3 minutes

    4. Arrange on top of grilled pork chop

    Tip: Pairs well with potatoes.