Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rosemary Pancetta Beer Biscuits

Before I went on my trip, I received an email from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program which informed me that I would receive a stipend to purchase New Belgium Brewing Company beer and the ingredients needed to make a recipe using the beer. I didn’t have time to work on it before I left, but beer was on my mind while I was gone. Smile I couldn’t wait to pick up some beer as soon as I got back.

I purchased two large bottles of New Belgium Brewing Company beer:

Here are the descriptions of the beers from the bottles: 

I decided to use the beer to make some biscuits. I have made bread using beer before, and we all liked it. Plus, it’s an easy recipe that I have played around with with success (remember, I’m not much of a baker…). To make the biscuits, I tweaked the bread recipe a bit more. Unlike a traditional biscuit recipe, my biscuits contain no butter or shortening, but they do contain pancetta! Smile

Rosemary Pancetta Beer Biscuits

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 7 ounces beer; I used Fat Tire Amber Ale
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 ounces pancetta, cut into very small cubes
  • Rosemary to taste; I used the needles of two small (3 inch) branches. Rosemary can be very powerful, so less is often more. The rolls had a slight, very pleasant Rosemary taste.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Slowly stir in the beer.
  4. Stir in the honey until it is worked in. Don’t overwork the dough.
  5. Stir in the pancetta and rosemary.
  6. Scoop the dough on a baking sheet with a spoon.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, until the biscuits are slightly brown. I like my biscuits slightly moist in the middle; if you want yours all the way done, bake a few minutes longer.
  8. Enjoy!
Prep and Bake Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 small biscuits

The biscuits are not fluffy like traditional biscuits, but the denser texture made them perfect beer food, and they went REALLY well with cheese, salami, mustard, and the Belgium Brewing Company beer! And since I bought two 22-ounce bottles, we had plenty of beer left to drink with the biscuits! Smile 

Hubby and I both enjoyed the two beers a lot! New Belgium Brewing Company makes a wide variety of beers, and we can’t wait to taste some of their other beers soon!

As I said before, the biscuits faintly tasted and smelled like rosemary. If you want a stronger rosemary flavor, just use more rosemary. Also, you could easily increase the amount of pancetta if you are after a “meatier” biscuit! Or you could leave it out entirely of course.

What I love most about these biscuits are the endless possibilities of “add ins:” cheese, different herbs, garlic, onions, ham and cheese – the possibilities never end!

Questions: Do you like beer? Have you ever cooked with beer? If so, feel free to link to a recipe in the comments!

Be well,


  1. Oh no you didn't. I am sitting here eating oatmeal for lunch and you show me this? LOL j/k That sounds and looks amazing.

  2. I like what you did Andrea! We picked up the same bottles, lol!! I too was very impressed with their dark ale. So yummy!! Well done :D

  3. I like to cook with beer but I honestly can't stand the taste of it out of the bottle! Strange I know. I do usually use the non alcoholic beer for beer bread, on my ribs when I steam them and so forth. It works really well.

    Hubby on the other hand enjoys a good beer!

  4. People always seem to be enjoying the cold, frothy brews so much that I wish I did enjoy beer but I have never developed a taste for it. I enjoy so many other things that I figure I'm just as well without it. Like many others, I do enjoy it in foods but have never used it myself for cooking. I do enjoy the light wines though.

  5. Oh man, just how cool is that! Another free testing product for you to try out. That must be so yummy with salami on it. Drooling here! :o) Hope you're having a great day, darling Andrea.
    Blessings, Kristy

  6. I love Fat Tire!! And really, Nick and I just love Belgian beers! We are hooked. I have never tried cooking with beer though, other than beer battered fish, which I've only sort of made on my own (Nick makes it every Friday at work). And I also LOVE rosemary (so many things I love in this post!). I'd probably add extra!

  7. I LOVE rosemary, and these biscuits sound amazing!! I think my husband would even love these! I actually just picked up a rosemary plant last week too!

  8. I love, love, love Fat Tire beer - probably one of my favorites after Blue Moon :D

    I usually boil brats in beer and I've made beer bread, now I need to make your biscuits! :D

  9. Those biscuits look amazing! I love that you added pancetta. yum!
    I do love beer! I am not a fan of the darker beers, but I am always up for trying new ones.

  10. Hi Andrea, LOVE the pictures of you and hubby!! My goodness, the whole post is full of amazing pictures. I want a beer now. :) Have a good day!

  11. As you know I like beer now, having never really experienced it much in the past. Look forward to trying out more beers with you. :)

  12. my husband would LOVE THIS (and is that yours comment above me?! how sweet is that.).
    Ive never cook or baked with beer buy vaguely recall washing my hair in it back in the day!

  13. Love the name Fat Tire. I'm not much of a beer person, my husband is. I do love Abita as I used to live in new orleans. Rosemary and panchetta (sp?) make anything better. Love the photos too.

  14. YUMMY!!!

    we buy the fat tire ale! It's pretty darn good, but I never thought to make it into a biscuit. Now I should becasue I have two bottles in my fridge right now!!!


  15. The biscuits look really tasty...esp with the meat & cheese piled on top! I hate beer, but don't mind it in batters or "beer butt" chickens....

  16. Yummmmm! I am a huge fan of Fat Tire! It's definitely a favorite beer of mine :) The biscuits look amazing...between the beer, rosemary, and pancetta...they have got to be some of the most flavorful biscuits around! Happy weekend, Andrea!

  17. I'm slowly coming around to liking more alcoholic drinks, but I prefer to use alcohol in cooking. Those biscuits look yummy!

  18. hy Andrea,
    first time your space..awesome recipes...happy to follow u..
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  19. These just sound delicious. What a wonderful idea as I love all these tastes and bet the flavors go so well together.

  20. Those biscuits sound excellent made with New Belgium beer and rosemary, nice flavors!

  21. I do like beer but haven't always. It was in the last 5 or 6 years that I realized I liked it. Those biscuits sound heavenly! Yum!

  22. I love the New Belgium Beers! Sounds like a nice flavor addition to biscuits!