spaghetti-mussels Steamed mussels also pairs well with pasta. (Photo: Joerg Beuge/Shutterstock)

We’ve got several recipes here on MNN that use beer as one of their main ingredients, and I’m thinking Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to point you to some of the site’s recipes you may not have come across yet along with a couple from other sites. The dad in your life will be happy to drink up the other five beers from the 6-pack after you’ve used one for creating part of his dinner.

Mussels Steamed in Wheat Beer

Use environmentally sustainable farmed mussels for this recipe and an organic wheat beer. You can eat the mussels as prepared or toss them with pasta as seen in the photo above.

Cheese and Beer Bread

beer and bread A stout or dark beer is a great choice for beer bread. (Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

Go for a good cheddar for this bread. The recipe calls for any beer, but remember the stronger tasting the beer you add to the bread, the stronger the flavor will be in the finished loaf.

Cod Baked in Cider

baked cod with cider Make sure to use a dry cider in this dish. (Photo: zoryanchik/Shutterstock)

Okay, technically this isn't a beer recipe, but it does call for hard cider.

Beer Butt Rosemary Chicken

apple and herb roast chicken Nothing says Father's Day more than beer can chicken. (Photo: AS Food studio/Shutterstock)

You'll need a can, not a bottle, of beer for this recipe that literally sticks the can up the chicken's backside. There are actually beer butt chicken stands you can buy to keep your chicken from toppling over, but they aren't necessary. Head to the farmers market for the rosemary, onion, new potatoes, and perhaps even the chicken for this easy recipe. Young children will love telling their Daddy that they'll be having beer butt chicken for dinner.

Zesty Barbeque Marinade

babyback ribs Ribs is a great barbecue choice for dad and the kids. (Photo: Elena Veselova/Shutterstock)

A really spicy BBQ sauce for beef, chicken or pork. Try this with your favorite beer from a local brewery.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Cooking with beer for a Father's Day meal
Use beer to steam mussels and other ideas to try when you're making a meal for dad.