I love baking bread in the fall. The heat from the oven coupled with the great smells in the house make it something awesome to do either early in the morning or during a late afternoon nap. One of the meals we chose to make this week was something we’d tried once before and absolutely loved: Beer Bread Grilled Cheese.
The bread is super easy to make. Only a handful of ingredients and a can of beer are hand mixed and plopped into a bread pan and stuffed into the oven for 40 minutes to create a dense and incredibly flavorful loaf which makes the house smell yeasty and warm. I stick to the suggestion to use cheap beer and even usually get Miller High Life just like the recipe uses. While I have tried it in the past with an IPA, the flavor was too bitter and I really didn’t enjoy it all that much. The real key to this one is the 4 tablespoons of melted butter brushed on top while it bakes to add a golden brown and very crusty top which sneaks down the sides and makes the bread seem even more like a meal than it should.
The bread was out of the oven just before we left for swim lessons and was left to cool a bit but not before I got a buttered end piece for myself. The flavor is strong and long lasting and would make this bread irresistible if it weren’t for the fact that it is so heavy and filling you really don’t need much.
Honest Fare has another recipe coupled with their beer bread: Beer and Cheese Sandwich. Coupling the beer bread with a mixture of fontina and cheddar cheeses and topping it with Worchestire caramelized onions and a strong mustard makes for one incredibly tasty sandwich. Thick slices of the bread are spread with strong mustard; The Wife got Grey Poupon’s spicy brown and the onions are cooked down in olive oil, salt/pepper, and some fresh oregano and splashed with Worchestire. The fontina and extra sharp cheddar and added and put back into the pan to crisp up and melt (in this case we used havarti because fontina is stupid expensive for grilled cheese IMO).
As you can see from the collage above, the bread is crispy on the outside but retains its soft and mealy texture inside. The mustard negates some of the sweet from the caramelized onions and the cheese just provides some sharp and creamy flavor which is honestly second to none. If you are into grilled cheese or baked bread, I highly suggest this one for you and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed in any of it.
What’s your favorite bread recipe? Do you make it yourself often? What about cheeses you use for grilled cheese? Have you ever done it with mustard and onions? What other toppings do you like on your grilled cheese and why might you use here? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.