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
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.