February 13, 2012

Basic Beer-Cheese Bread

Although this Cooking Light recipe is called Basic Beer-Cheese Bread, it's a rather scrumptious mix of onions, garlic, cheese and beer. We used this as the "bun" to our hamburgers this weekend, and it worked well despite being a bit small for our gigantic burgers.

Basic Beer-Cheese Bread
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
12 oz. beer
2 Tbsp. butter, divided

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion to pan, and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper and garlic, and cook 1 more minute.

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add onion mixture, cheese and beer to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

Spoon batter into a greased 9 x 5 pan. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. melted butter. Bake 35 minutes. Drizzle with remaining melted butter. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until a deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 5 minutes and then completely on a wire rack. Makes 16 slices.

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