Quick Recipes with On-Hand Ingredients

Get inspired! We cooked up unexpected ways to use these every day ingredients like beer, eggs and more, in fast recipes that anyone can make.


Baked Beans

Barbecue sauce

Puree baked beans with spicy mustard, dark brown sugar and chicken broth, then slather onto pork tenderloin while it's roasting.

Also try it in: Baked Beans with Burnt Ends

Ground beef patties:

Add drained baked beans, finely chopped bell pepper and onion to ground beef and shape into burgers or meatloaf.

Bean appetizer:

Spread mashed baked beans on a flour tortilla, sprinkle with spicy shredded grilled chicken, roll up into a pinwheel and slice into two-bite pieces.

Also try it in: Bacon and Bean Spread


Wine Guide


Swap beer for half the liquid in pancake batter. The pancakes will be extra-fluffy, with a rich, yeasty aroma. Add a little ground ginger, too, and serve with real maple syrup.

Also try it in: Strawberry Pancakes

Beef Stew:

Braise beef in beer with chicken or beef broth and lots of caramelized onions. Serve the stew over egg noodles.

Also try it in: Beef & Beer Stew


Simmer equal parts beer and store-bought dulce de leche sauce until thickened. Serve over vanilla ice cream and top with fresh pineapple.


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French Toast:

Stuff thick slices of brioche bread with canned cranberry sauce and cream cheese; prepare like french toast and sprinkle with sugar.

Get the recipe: Cranberry-Stuffed French Toast


Melt canned cranberry sauce with crystallized ginger, soy sauce, mustard and brown sugar and use to glaze ribs.

Get the recipe: Cranberry-and-Soy-Sauce-Glazed Ribs


Whisk heavy cream and grated lime peel into canned cranberry sauce and freeze into single-serving cranberry semifreddos.

Get the recipe: Cranberry-Lime Semifreddos


Hard Boiled Eggs

Scotch Eggs:

Shape a thin layer of uncooked bulk breakfast sausage around peeled hard-boiled eggs, dip in beaten egg, roll in breadcrumbs, then deep-fry. Cut into wedges and serve.

Egg Pasta:

Cook equal parts butter and flour for 1 minute, then whisk in milk and simmer until thickened to make a cream sauce. Whisk in mashed hard-boiled egg yolks, then toss with hot pasta, fresh herbs and steamed asparagus.

Also try it in: Spring Egg Pasta

Egg Sandwich:

In a jar, cover peeled eggs with 2 parts apple cider vinegar, 1 part sugar, a generous pinch of salt and a few bay leaves. Refrigerate for 24 hours (or more), then slice and stack onto a ham or turkey club.


On Hand Farina

Fried Eggs:

Serve farina grits-style: Stir in cheddar cheese, butter and crumbled bacon and serve as a side dish for eggs.

Get the recipe: Bacon-and-Cheese Farina with Fried Eggs

Chicken Wings:

Dust wings with seasoned farina (try onion salt and cayenne) and bake at 400°.

Get the recipe: Crunchy Farina Chicken Wings


Whisk milk, sugar, vanilla, eggs and butter into farina and simmer into a pudding.

Get the recipe: Vanilla Farina Pudding


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