Beer and meat seem to me like they would get along well in the cooking world. I decided one day to add some beer to my hamburger meat as I fried up some burgers for dinner. I was ready to sink my teeth into what I believe would be the perfect pairing. I love burgers and I love beer how could the two not go together.
It turned out that they did not go well together and here is why: I drink pretty hoppy beer. When you use hoppy beer for cooking sometimes the hops can turn against you. They become bitter and add a sort of snarling nastiness to the meat that I would only recommend serving to someone you are not fond of. It’s that bad.
I was disappointed but I thought I would try again. I decided I would use a less hoppy beer as well as switching up the meat type to see how it would turn out.
This beer flank steak recipe was inspired by Lazyme via Food.com
For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:
1 ½ cups beer
1 bunch of green onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon ginger root
2 large garlic cloves minced
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 ½ lbs flank steak
I added all the ingredients into a bowl and for the beer I would recommend a pale ale or a wheat beer. After mixing all the ingredients I placed them in a zip lock bag and dropped the meat into the bag. This will marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
The next day I took the meat out and patted it dry. I pan fried my steak as I do not have a grill. The original recipe calls for grilling the meat. The pan frying I think was sufficient although I am sure grilling would have added that sometimes wanted smokiness.
I paired my meal up with skillet potatoes and pan fried zucchinis and yellow squash that I cooked in the pan from frying up the steak taking some flavor from the left over marinade. It was a pretty tasty combination.
Have you ever cooked your meat with beer? How did it turn out?