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14 Ways to Cook with Guinness

14 Ways to Cook with Guinness

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we've gathered a few recipes featuring—what else—Guinness! This recipe collection boasts stout stews, boozy brownies, and gingery Guinness cake. Whether you're celebrating all things Irish or just making a treat for the beer lover in your life, this collection has a little bit of everything you could want to make with the most famous Irish beer. And if all else fails, just pour a pint. It may drink like a meal, but Guinness has only 15 more calories than Bud Light, and just 10 grams of carbs.

14 Guinness Recipes

There's more to St. Patty's Day than shamrocks and pots of gold. We're bringing you recipes featuring a famous Irish stout that has become beloved by the masses. Cheers to celebrating this decidedly jolly holiday to the fullest.

Our first recipe is mouth-watering Guinness Lamb Stew, a favorite of Cooking Light Test Kitchen Professional Robin Bashinsky. He explains, "The touch of mustard at the end adds a little tangy punch that sets off the robust flavors of the hearty, slowly simmered broth."

Black and Tan Brownies

Historically, the phrase "black and tan" referred to the much-reviled auxiliary force of English soldiers sent to Ireland to suppress the Irish rebels after the 1916 Easter Rising. Eventually, a much-loved drink made with half Guinness Stout and half Harp Lager assumed the name, and now this two-toned brownie (with the addition of Guinness) shares it.

Spicy Bacon and Brew Muffins

Photo Courtesy of Oxmoor House

We enjoyed the subtle heat in these muffins, but if you want to spice things up, add up to 2 teaspoons of ground red pepper.

Beef and Guinness Stew

This hearty stew, layered with complex flavors from caraway seeds, sweet raisins, and full-bodied Guinness Draught pays homage to the best of Irish cooking. Food Editor, Ann Taylor Pittman, promises “This meaty stew is so good, I sopped up every drop of the gravy-like broth with bread.”

Hearty Beef and Stout Stew

Chopped onions, carrots, mushrooms, and the flavor of thyme sprigs come together with browned-beef to create a hearty stew for a chilly night.

White Bean Chili with Corn Chip Crunch

The classic munchy—corn chips—adds a little salty, crunchy punch to each bite.

Guinness-Braised Chuck Steaks with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

After an initial braising, cook this tasty meal low and slow while you wait in mounting (and mouthwatering) anticipation. Horseradish Mashed Potatoes have a kick that pairs beautifully with the Guinness-braised meat.

Stout Chocolate-Cherry Bread

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Enjoy this sweet bread with your morning coffee to start your St. Patrick's Day off right. Toasted or still warm out of the oven—no matter how you slice it, you'll enjoy every bite down to the last crumb.

Vegetable-Beef Stew

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

We enjoyed this hearty stew with beef, but cubed leg of lamb would work, as well. For robust Irish flavor, use Guinness Stout or another stout for the beer that's specified in the recipe.

Ginger Cake

To prepare this cake a day ahead, cool completely, wrap it with plastic wrap, and store at room temperature. Frost the cake with whipped topping just before serving.

Autumn Cranberry Beef Stew

Whole-berry cranberry sauce may seem like an unusual ingredient to add to a savory stew, but we assure you, the results will not disappoint.

Hearty Wheat Bread

Strong coffee and stout give this wheat bread a hearty flavor and alluring aroma.

Beer-Braised Beef with Italian Salsa Verde

This meat dish is a specialty at Simpatica Dining Hall. You can prepare and refrigerate the salsa verde up to two weeks in advance. It's good with chicken or fish, too, or simply atop grilled bread as an appetizer. Serve the beef and salsa over mashed potatoes instead of toasted bread, if desired.

Raisin-Stout Loaves

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

These hearty oval-shaped breads are delicious served with a slightly sweet cranberry-infused butter. We used Guinness for the dough, but you can substitute another dark beer, such as Newcastle Brown Ale, if desired.

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