15 Delectable Beer Recipes to Enhance Your Holiday Dinner

15 Delectable Beer Recipes to Enhance Your Holiday Dinner

15 Delectable Beer Recipes to Enhance Your Holiday Dinner

Posted on December 29th, 2023

The holiday season is a time for gathering with loved ones and indulging in delicious food. 

If you're looking to elevate your holiday dinner this year, why not incorporate the rich and robust flavors of beer into your recipes? 

Cooking with beer adds a unique dimension to your dishes. 

In this blog post, we'll share 15 delectable beer recipes that will enhance your holiday dinner menus. From appetizers to desserts, these recipes with beer are sure to impress your guests and make your celebrations even more memorable.

The Art of Cooking with Beer

Beer has long been celebrated for its intricate flavors, and these flavors can be harnessed to elevate your culinary endeavors. When used thoughtfully, beer enhances the taste and aroma of your dishes, creating a harmonious balance of sweet, bitter, and savory notes. Whether you're simmering hearty meats, crafting delectable sauces, or baking mouthwatering desserts, beer can be your secret ingredient for success.

Why Cook with Beer?

Cooking with beer offers a myriad of benefits:

  • Flavor Enrichment: Beer – especially winter beer – introduces a complexity of flavors that can't be replicated by other ingredients. From malty sweetness to hoppy bitterness, beer can enhance the depth of your dishes.
  • Tenderizing Power: The natural acidity in beer helps tenderize meats, making them succulent and juicy.
  • Aromatics: Beer releases enticing aromas as it cooks, infusing your kitchen with the comforting scents of caramel, roasted malt, and hops.
  • Versatility: Beer pairs well with a wide range of ingredients, allowing you to get creative in the kitchen.

Now that we've uncovered the enchanting world of cooking with beer, it's time to embark on a culinary journey. In the following sections, we'll present you with 15 delectable beer-infused recipes that are perfect for enhancing your holiday dinner menus.

So, don your apron, grab your favorite beer from Mojave Brewing Company, and let's get cooking. These recipes are your ticket to creating unforgettable holiday moments that will leave your guests craving more. Cheers to the joy of cooking and the magic of beer-infused cuisine!

15 Delectable Beer Recipes for the Holidays

Whether you're an experienced chef or a home cook looking to impress, our selection of 15 exquisite beer-infused recipes will take your holiday dinner to new heights. So, let's get into it!

1. Beer Cheese Dip

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup beer of your choice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare a delectable Beer Cheese Dip for your appetizer. In a saucepan, melt the cream cheese and cheddar cheese over low heat. Stir in beer, garlic, mustard, and paprika until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pretzels or bread cubes.

2. Beer-Marinated Grilled Shrimp

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Enhance your holiday dinner with Beer-Marinated Grilled Shrimp. Combine beer, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Marinate large, peeled, and deveined shrimp for 30 minutes. Thread onto skewers and grill until pink and cooked through.

3. Beer-Braised Short Ribs

  • 4 beef short ribs
  • 1 bottle stout beer
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Create a savory masterpiece with Beer-Braised Short Ribs. Season short ribs with salt and pepper, then sear them in a hot pan until browned. Add chopped onion, carrots, and garlic. Pour in the stout beer and simmer for 2-3 hours until tender.

4. Beer Can Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 can of beer
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For a flavorful main course, try Beer Can Chicken. Rub a whole chicken with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Open a can of beer and place the chicken over it. Grill or roast until the chicken is cooked through.

5. Beer-Battered Onion Rings

  • 2 large onions, sliced into rings
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

Indulge in Beer-Battered Onion Rings as a crispy side dish. Whisk together flour, beer, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a bowl. Dip onion rings into the batter and deep fry until golden brown.

6. Beer and Cheddar Soup

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bottle beer
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced bacon
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For a comforting soup, try Beer and Cheddar Soup. In a soup pot, cook bacon and onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour and cook for a minute. Gradually add chicken broth and beer, stirring constantly. Add cheddar cheese and cook until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Beer-Braised Bratwurst

  • Bratwurst sausages
  • Onions, sliced
  • Beer

Elevate your holiday dinner with Beer-Braised Bratwurst. Brown bratwurst sausages in a skillet, then add sliced onions and cook until caramelized. Pour in beer to cover the bratwurst and simmer until cooked through. Serve in a bun with mustard.

8. Beer-Glazed Ham

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Ham

For a show-stopping main dish, prepare Beer-Glazed Ham. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, Dijon mustard, beer, and a pinch of ground cloves. Simmer until thickened, then brush over a ham and bake until caramelized.

9. Beer and Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Mushroom caps
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Beer

Impress your guests with Beer and Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms. Remove the stems from mushroom caps and fill with a mixture of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and a splash of beer. Bake until the mushrooms are tender and the filling is golden.

10. Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

  • Cod fillets
  • Flour
  • Beer
  • Salt

Create a classic with Beer-Battered Fish and Chips. Dip cod fillets in a batter made from flour, beer, and a pinch of salt. Fry until golden brown and serve with homemade potato chips.

11. Beer-Brined Turkey

  • Turkey
  • Beer
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Herbs

Enhance your holiday centerpiece with Beer-Brined Turkey. Submerge a turkey in a mixture of beer, salt, sugar, and herbs for 24 hours before roasting. The result is a juicy and flavorful turkey.

12. Beer-Glazed Carrots

  • Carrots
  • Beer
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter

Add a touch of sweetness to your holiday dinner with Beer-Glazed Carrots. Simmer carrots in a mixture of beer, brown sugar, and butter until tender and glazed.

13. Beer-Candied Bacon

  • Bacon strips
  • Brown sugar
  • Beer

For a delightful appetizer or side dish, try Beer-Candied Bacon. Coat bacon strips with brown sugar and bake until crispy. A splash of beer adds a unique twist to this classic favorite.

14. Beer-Infused Gravy

  • Beer

Elevate your holiday feast with Beer-Infused Gravy. Incorporate a bit of beer into your traditional gravy recipe for an extra layer of flavor that pairs perfectly with roasted meats.

15. Beer and Pretzel Caramel Brownies

  • Brownie batter
  • Beer
  • Caramel sauce
  • Pretzels

End your holiday dinner on a sweet note with Beer and Pretzel Caramel Brownies. Add a splash of beer to your brownie batter, top with caramel sauce and crushed pretzels, and bake for a delightful dessert.

Related: 7 Festive Drinks to Toast to the Holidays: From Cocktails to Craft Beers


As we bring our exploration of beer-infused culinary wonders to a close, we hope you're inspired to embark on your own culinary adventures this holiday season. Cooking with beer is more than a culinary technique; it's a journey into the world of rich and diverse flavors. 

At Mojave Brewing Company, we not only celebrate the magic of beer in the kitchen but also craft exceptional beer, hard cider, and frozen wine for your enjoyment. Our commitment to quality and innovation shines through in every sip. 

Explore Our Craft Beer Selection

If you have any questions about our offerings or would like to explore our selection of craft beverages to complement your holiday feasts, we invite you to reach out to us at (702) 204-1387 or via email at [email protected].

As you gather around the holiday table and share these beer-infused dishes with your loved ones, remember that the joy of the season is in the moments we create and the flavors we savor. From all of us at Mojave Brewing Company, we wish you a festive and flavorful holiday season filled with warmth, laughter, and the magic of beer-infused cuisine. Cheers to culinary delight and memorable celebrations!

Raise a Glass with Mojave: Let's Brew Something Special Together!

Cheers! We're thrilled to connect with fellow beer and cider enthusiasts like you. At Mojave Brewing Company, we pour our heart and soul into crafting exceptional brews that are a testament to our commitment to quality and innovation. Whether you have a question, want to collaborate, or simply want to share your love for great beer, we can't wait to hear from you. Let's raise a glass and embark on an unforgettable brewing journey together!

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