Are you ready for some football?!
We put together a selection of CraftBeer.com appetizers that are perfect for your next tailgate party. Each recipe incorporates beer in some way, which can be an interesting tactic to get your non-beer friends interested in the suds we hold so dear.
Bacon-Wrapped Beer Brats
The bratwurst sausage has been gracing the buns of football fanatics across the country for years. The classic beer brat is made by boiling the sausages in beer prior to grilling them up. The result is a juicy, beer-infused brat worthy of the hungriest football fan. This particular recipe takes things one step further by wrapping the brats in bacon and serving them in bit-sized pieces for quick and efficient consumption.
Beer-Caramelized Onion Dip
There’s no such thing as a football party without the classic onion dip. All you need is a quarter cup of your favorite hoppy IPA to serve 8 of your friends, so your precious keg of homebrewed IPA won’t suffer too badly. The IPA is used during the caramelization process of the onions, and adds an interesting depth to the dip. If you’re feeling adventurous, try substituting the IPA for a darker beer style like brown ale or stout.
Pumpkin Beer Pretzels
Week 1 of the NFL regular season also coincides with the emergence of pumpkin beers (for better or for worse). This recipe not only incorporates your favorite pumpkin beer into a pretzel, but includes instructions on making your own beer mustard and sweet pumpkin dip, both of which include beer components. These will be a crowd favorite. Trust us.
Beer Caramel Corn
Be sure to have a popcorn-based dish on hand at your football party for the impending interception or bad call. Afterall, a few kernals of popcorn are easier on your TV screen than the remote control. A bottle of brown ale or porter, preferably with a pecan component, is used as part of a reduction to create the sticky-sweet caramel that will coat the popcorn. Add in some pecans and pretzels, and you’re ready for some football.
Chocolate Stout Cookies
Don’t even think about skipping dessert. How are you going to celebrate when your team wins (or drown your sorrows if they don’t)? All it takes is 6-ounces of your tastiest stout to churn out 2-dozen chocolate stout cookies, topped with salted caramel frosting & pretzels. Need I say more?
For more beer-infused recipes, visit CraftBeer.com.