Thank Goodness for Guinness! Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s Foodie Tuesday!

It has been so grey and gloomy lately that I’m ready for a little fun. Fortunately, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day on Sunday which, for me, means some loud Irish music, lively dancing, and a good hearty meal washed down with a Guinness or two.

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If you haven’t tried this dry Irish stout, don’t be afraid of its dark, opaque colour. It is actually a relatively low-alcohol beer with a smooth, slightly sweet malt flavour. It pairs well with both savory and sweet dishes, which also makes it a great beer for cooking.

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One of my favourite Irish foods is brown bread. It is served with almost every meal in Ireland and it is always delicious. It’s nothing like the dry, often tasteless wheat bread we get here. A Communal Table’s version adds Guinness for extra flavour and is a quick-bread, which is perfect for a timid baker like me.

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It’s a little warmer in Louisville this week but if it turns cold again, I’ll be looking for some comfort food like Guinness and Onion Soup with Cheddar Croutons.

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Beer and cheese are a wonderful pairing but for those who like a little more cheese in the equation, Aged Cheddar and Guinness Fondue provides a modern take on this retro classic. Just don’t get too tipsy around that molten cheddar!

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When people think about cooking with Guinness, everyday meals like beef stew come to mind. But it can also be incorporated in more upscale dishes, like a Guinness and Honey Glazed Pork Loin, which would be a showstopper carved tableside.

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As much as I love the richness that Guinness brings to savory foods, I think it works best in desserts, especially chocolate ones. Stout helps to bring out its flavour in the same way that a bit of vanilla does. Browned Eyed Baker’s Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream has both and yields a cool, silky treat.

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The only thing that could make it better is a healthy drizzle of Guinness Extra Stout Caramel Sauce on top-yum!

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To go really over the top for the holiday, I’m tempted to make a Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Pie with Beer Marshmallow Meringue. Sprinkle Bakes didn’t hold back with this one, which layers a Guinness-infused chocolate pudding on top of a sweet and salty pretzel crust. If that wasn’t enough, it is finished with a toasted marshmallow meringue that has even more Guinness! Now that is decadence worthy of St. Paddy’s Day!

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If you are heading out to pick up some alcohol for the holiday, grab a few extra cans of the beer that drinks like a meal and treat yourself to a meal that tastes like a drink!

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