Penne Alla Vodka
If you've never cooked with alcohol, the idea of including vodka in a pasta sauce makes absolutely no sense. After all, vodka doesn't have a taste of its own. Yet, vodka really does influence the way this dish turns out. This particular recipe comes from gimmesomeoven.com and the recipe contains a creamy vodka sauce. All-in-all, the end result sounds just wonderful, especially if you happen to be a big fan of pasta (or vodka) to start off with.
Rosemary Cornmeal Beer Battered Fish
To me, this fried fish looks exactly like I expect fried fish to look (even though it rarely does). So, as you can imagine, I was pretty taken by the photo in general and the recipe itself is even better than the photo. The recipe comes from runningtothekitchen.com and there are actually two parts to it. The first part is the fish, which includes the beer. The second part of the recipe is for the remoulade (the yogurt dip). That dip doesn't contain any alcohol but it's a perfect complement to the fish.
Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Scampi
So, here's an option for any seafood lovers. Many variations of scampi do use wine as a key ingredient and this recipe follows this trend. The recipe uses a few key flavors to complement the flavor of the shrimp. The most significant ones are lemon and garlic but red pepper also makes an appearance. The taste of the wine itself would also be evident in the final dish, complementing it nicely. You can find all of the ingredients and directions for this dish at daringgourmet.com if you're interested in trying it out.
Red Wine and Beer Braised Short Ribs
I have always loved the combination of red wine and meat, and this recipe is a great way of taking advantage of those flavors. This would be an especially good dish for a cold winter's day because the dish itself is warming as is the alcohol that it contains. As the name suggests, this recipe actually contains two different types of alcohol – red wine and beer. The beer of choice is either Guinness or any stout beer, which would just add to the rich taste of the meat. The recipe comes from artandthekitchen.com, so you can find all of the ingredients and directions over there.
Beer Can Chicken
We're talking about alcohol and cooking, so I really did have to mention beer can chicken at least once. The images for beer can chicken do always look a little silly, but there is a really good reason for the approach. Beer can chicken works because the flavors of the beer infuse into the chicken and the steam from the beer also makes it incredibly tender (which is why you have to put the beer can where it is in the image). You can find all of the details at jocooks.com. However, as a word of warning, you do have to have enough space in your oven to stand a chicken upright like this, or the recipe simply won't work.
This recipe is a little bit different because it uses sake (rice wine) as the alcohol of choice. Most western dishes don't use sake and many people haven't even tried the alcohol (although personally, I do find it appealing). Regardless, this recipe is a good one to try if you're looking for flavors that are a little bit different. The recipe itself is pretty simple and this would be a good recipe to serve to guests. The recipe comes from rasamalaysia.com, so you can head over there to find out more details.
Vodka Cream Penne with Chorizo
This recipe is another example of how powerful vodka can be in a cream-based sauce. This particular recipe is from notquitenigella.com and it's a fairly simple introduction into the world of vodka and pasta. Don't let the simplicity of the dish fool you though, this is still a very flavorful dish, particularly because of the sauce itself and the use of chorizo. It's also an easy dish to prepare, which is certainly a bonus if you're in a hurry.
Bourbon Pulled Pork Totchos
Pulled pork can be an especially appealing food in general, so you can imagine how much better it gets once you add bourbon into the mix. This recipe comes from thenoshery.com and it really is worth trying out. To make the whole thing even better, the pulled pork itself is made in the slow cooker, which dramatically decrease the amount of work you have to do. Actually, this entire recipe is easy to pull off and involves relatively little prep work or effort. Of course, you could also just prepare the bourbon pulled pork if that was the part that interested you the most.