Before you drag out your slow cooker for another round of repeat recipes, give our spin on winning dinner pairings a try. Comfort food goes hand in hand with the perfect pint of beer on a Sunday afternoon.
So, sharpen your knifes and set the table because we’re serving up our list of the best short ribs, fried chicken and pork chops served alongside classic beers that everyone will enjoy down to the last bite and drop…
Who doesn’t love a juicy pork chop? The Little Red Barn’s Country Fried Pork Chop is our winner for Texas’ Top Chop. Serve it over mashed potatoes, fries or grits:
We’ve paired it with Fireman’s #4. The crispy, golden battered chop pairs well with Real Ale’s flagship blonde ale because of its light body and hint of honey in the taste. It’s a great year-round brew that pleases this cowgirl’s easy going palate.
Our comfort food journey continues on to hand-battered fried chicken. Max’s Wine Dive Fried Chicken is finger-licking good:
Their recipe for a fried favorite is wings and drumsticks above the rest. This southern gem is paired with a Belgian Duvel – a dry, crisp ale with a fruity complex.
A comfort food list wouldn’t be complete without beef! This is one recipe that captures the flavors of fall, comfort food and the way to a man’s heart all in one dish. Short Rib and Butternut Squash Hash with Poached Eggs from the Backstreet Cafe in Houston:
In one mouthful, this is amazing. Pair this dish with a Brooklyn Lager. Its caramel, malty finishes practically cradles the braised short rib. Yum!
If it’s game day then settle in for a casserole and take it easy. 410 Diner’s Sonora Casserole is great as an appetizer or piled up high as an entree. The green chiles, melted cheddar cheese and spices blend together so evenly in every bite. Open up a bag of tortilla chips and serve them next to this casserole for scooping and you’ve just created a new family favorite. I’d pair this with a Spaten Oktoberfest – a terrific way to tame those spices!
The ultimate comfort food that can served any time, any place with anything is mac and cheese. Hands down, we couldn’t leave it off our list. This award-winning recipe includes bacon and is from Catalyst Catering:
This macaroni is blended with feta and American cheese. It’s baked off with bread crumbs, green onions and fresh parsley. It pairs well with any number of the quirky Dogfish Head ales…Hellhound On My Ale and the Faithfull Ale just to name a few!
And speaking of cheese…this beautiful, seasonal combination of Warm Maple Brie with Apples, Cranberries, Dates & Pecans begs for a solid brew to compliment this marvelous, melty mixture:
Try pairing with October’s own, Breckenridge Autumn Ale. It’s a delicate blend of Bavarian hops; a toasty, pre-winter wonder whose nutty-sweet middle, caramel notes and a creamy head fits like a glove with flavors from the creamy, buttery-soft interior of the brie.