Me: Hey, can you fill up a tub of drinks for the party? There's practically a case of beer in the fridge from last time. Let's try to get rid of it.
My husband: Amen to that. All that Heineken is taking up valuable tonic space.
Guests (a few hours later): Hi! Thank you so much for having us. We brought you some beer. Hope you like Heineken...Ooh! Did you make margaritas?
At the end of the party, we rinse out the empty marg pitcher, dump a case of red wine bottles in the recycling bin, and pour the dregs of exactly three partially full beers down the sink.
My husband: (sighing heavily as he tries to find space for the net gain of two and a half six packs) When is your dad coming over? He's good for a couple at least.
My dad doesn't come over that often.
Beer-Basted Chicken with Asian Flavors
I clipped this recipe years ago from Bon Appetit, based solely on the tantalizing list of ingredients: Ginger, garlic, lemon, scallions...and a whole bottle of beer*. It turns out that this is the juiciest, most flavorful roast chicken that has ever come out of my oven. It's perfect for an easy weeknight supper. All you need is a side of rice or mashed potatoes to soak up the tangy sauce, a green salad, and a nice cold glass. Of white wine.
1 12 oz. bottle of beer (whatever brand is left after the party)
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. brown sugar, packed
2 Tbs. peeled fresh ginger, chopped
1 Tbs. chopped garlic
1 Tbs. sesame oil
1 3 1/2 to 4 lb. chicken, butterflied**
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine all ingredients except chicken in a bowl, and whisk to combine. Place chicken in a non-reactive container***, and pour marinade over. Lift chicken to make sure some of the marinade is underneath, and all the little nooks and crannies are submerged. Cover the container, and refrigerate for at least an hour or as long as overnight.
Preheat oven to 375. Place chicken, skin side up, in a 13x9 roasting pan, and pour marinade around the chicken. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper, and roast for 15 minutes. Baste, then reduce oven temperature to 350. Continue roasting until juices run clear when a thigh is pierced, about 35-40 more minutes. Baste every 15 to 20 minutes, but allow chicken to roast without basting for the final 15 minutes to allow skin to get crisp.
Transfer chicken to a platter. Pour pan juices into a medium saucepan. Spoon off as much fat as you can, then boil until sauce is reduced and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve the chicken with the sauce alongside.
* Other dents in the collection have been made, thanks to these tacos, these carnitas, and a boatload of beer-battered fish & chips, which I'll post about another time.
*** BTW, "non-reactive container" is just a code word for "Tupperware(R)".