Have your beer and eat it too: Recipes any brew-loving dad will love this Father's Day

MILWAUKEE -- You're going to have to crack open a cold one for these recipes! Chef Alisa Malavenda joins Real Milwaukee to show us how to add some flavor to your  Father's Day foods.

Root Beer  Shandygaff or Ginger Beer Shandy

2 parts Beer to one part Dad’s Root Beer


Equal parts Pale Ale to Ginger Beer with a dash of bitters and a lemon slice( for extreme ginger you could use New Grist Ginger

Serve both in a frosted glass or mug!

Beer Brats and Tater Tots” Waffle for Dad  –

A lager , pale or red ale work well with this recipe

For Beer Cheese Sauce

2 T unsalted butter

3 T flour

¾ C whole milk, divided

½ C  beer - lager or ale

1 t Dijon mustard

¼ t garlic powder

¼ t salt

Pinch of cayenne pepper  or dash of tabasco

3 C sharp cheddar cheese ,, shredded

    For Caramelized Onions

    2 T butter, unsalted

    2 large onions ( Spanish, Bermuda or Walla Walla ), sliced in half moons

    ¼ t salt

    2 T beer

      For Waffle - 1 bag of tater tots and a waffle iron

      Heat a regular or Belgian waffle iron. Brush liberally with bacon fat or cooking spray. Arrange tater tots in an even layer across entire surface of waffle iron; pile a handful or two of tots over if you’re using a Belgian waffle iron and want them thicker)  Season with salt. Press down on lid to close and  cook waffle until golden brown, 8–12 minutes depending on your iron.

      For Brats - In a large saucepan, combine bratwurst and ½ C beer. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Drain. Cook on the grill or in a large skillet with  butter over medium-high heat until browned well. Cut into 1/4-in. slices.

        Clams “Casino Style” Beer Steamed Clams

        3# Manila or other small steamer clams

        1 12 oz bottle Lager or other beer

        4 strips of apple wood smoked bacon, chopped in pieces about 1 inch

        1 green , red or yellow pepper .( or a combination of all three ),  small dice

        1 small to medium onion, small dice

        3 cloves garlic, minced

        2 t fresh thyme or oregano

        Chopped parsley for garnish

        salt and cornmeal for cleaning the clams

          Beer and Achiote Yucatan Turkey Tacos

          1 Large Turkey breast , bone in, skin on

          1/2 C Achiote paste (store bought or  recipe follows )

          3 C orange juice

          1/4 C  Honey

          1 T Cumin Seeds

          1 t Oregano

          ½ stick Unsalted  butter, softened

          3 Banana leaves or enough fresh corn husks to line the roasting pan and cover the turkey

          1 bottle ( 12 oz) modelo or other  beer

          Corn or flour  tortillas,  warmed

          For garnish :

          1 Avocado, sliced

          Pickled red onion, thinly sliced( recipe follows )

          Pico de Gallo( recipe follows)

          Salsa de Jitomate Cocida- cooked tomato sauce ( recipe follows )

            Achiote Paste

            4 T Annatto or Achiote Seeds

            15 peppercorns

            1 T oregano

            1 T Cumin Seeds

            2 Whole Cloves

            1 T coriander Seeds

            7 cloves garlic

            3 oz White Wine Vinegar

              Cooked Tomato Sauce

              2 Poblano Chili

              1 # Roma Tomatoes

              2 T olive oil

              1 C small diced red onion

              4 cloves garlic, minced

              1 t oregano ( 2 t if using fresh)

              1 t basil ( 2 t if using fresh)

              1 C canned  tomato sauce

              2 t fresh squeezed lime juice

              Salt and pepper to taste

                Pickled Onion

                2 red onions , sliced very thin rings

                1 T kosher salt

                1 t black pepper

                1 T oregano

                1 t ground cumin

                1 ¼ C white or red wine vinegar

                5 T granulated sugar

                  Pico de Gallo

                  1 T olive oil

                  ½ of large  white onion , small diced

                  1 jalapeno pepper, minced

                  1 clove garlic , minced

                  ¼ C cilantro , minced

                  1-1/2 C chopped Roma tomatoes

                  1-2 T lime Juice to taste

                  Salt and pepper to taste.

                  Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve at room temperature

                  Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Whiskey Buttercream

                  1 large egg

                  ½ C oil

                  1 C buttermilk

                  2 t. vanilla extract

                  2 C.  flour

                  ⅔ C.  sugar

                  ⅔  C. dark brown sugar

                  ½ C.  good-quality cocoa

                  1 t.  salt

                  1 T. baking soda

                  1 cup Chocolate ,Oatmeal or coffee stout, room temperature

                    Meanwhile make Buttercream and Salted Whiskey Caramel

                    Whiskey Buttercream

                    3½ C  powdered sugar

                    2 stick unsalted  butter, at room temperature

                    1 t. vanilla extract

                    2 T.  Irish whiskey

                      Salted Whiskey Caramel

                      1 C dark brown sugar

                      2 T water

                      6 T unsalted butter, cut into pieces

                      ½ C plus 2 T. heavy cream

                      1 t. vanilla extract

                      1 T Irish whiskey (more or less to taste)

                      1 t  kosher salt (or other coarse salt.

                        Pretzel and Beer Ice Cream Sandwich

                        Serve a scoop in between  chocolate chip cookies, pretzel buns, brioche or even a chocolate frosted donut.

                        2 cups Guinness (16 ounces)

                        2 cups heavy cream

                        1 3/4 cups whole milk

                        15 large egg yolks

                        1 cup granulated sugar

                        Chocolate covered pretzels, crushed for serving