If you have been keeping up with my series of articles on all things beer-related, you can attest to the fact that I love Guinness.
I will drink just about any type of ale (lagers are generally not my thing), and Guinness is hands-down my favorite ale of all time.
It’s thick (having what you would call a good “mouth feel”) and robustly flavorful and creamy, and leaves you with a hint of chocolate or toffee in your mouth.
It is downright divine, and such is my love for the brew that of course I cook with it, too!
Many people are familiar with cooking with wine, of course. (Remind me to share my red wine marinara recipe with you guys soon.) Some of you may also be used to using beer for marinades and such as well.
However, I bet only a few of you have ever thought to use beer in your baking. Of course, not just any beer will work as a baking ingredient.
Guinness has that sweet maltiness that cooking just enhances, and it goes particularly well with chocolate, sort of like coffee.
Come to think of it, Guinness has some coffee notes to it as well, so that makes even more sense to me now.
Anyway, I am here today to share with you a couple of hearty main dish ideas using Guinness and a few different dessert ideas as well.
While you might not normally think of these two entrees as summertime fare, one is made in the slow cooker and the other cooks in the oven, so there will be no slaving over a hot stove top when making either of these, and sometimes you just want comfort food, even if it is 100 degrees outside.
As for the desserts, is there ever a wrong time for chocolate? I think not!
Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew
A good beef stew is one of those things that I can eat any time of year, hot or cold, if I am in the mood for something warm and comforting.
Guinness-Braised Pork Loin
This is one of those rare dishes that is pretty enough for company but easy enough for any day.
That’s it for my non-dessert ideas. Now, on to the good stuff!
Chocolate is my very best friend. We “talk” at least once a day, so of course, I have a couple of yummy recipes for you that use chocolate and Guinness together.
These are all delicious, so please try at least one of them, and don’t even think about waiting until next St. Patrick’s day!
Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting
If you have a real chocolate lover in your life who also enjoys a little alcohol every once in a while, this makes a great birthday treat. I know this because I made some for myself on my birthday last year.
The cupcakes are dark and decadent and oh-so-rich, and the buttercream is luscious and contrasts with the dark chocolate cake so very nicely. I mean, can you really go wrong with the combination of Guinness and Bailey’s?
This is one special dessert!
Fudgy Guinness Brownies
One of my favorite homemade chocolate treats is a really fudgy brownie, and I most frequently serve mine warm on top of some vanilla ice cream drowning in hot fudge.
There are few desserts more soul-warming and as deeply satisfying to me.
These are just a few Guinness recipes for you to try, but there are a ton of other great recipes out there. Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen yourself, either.
Stews and soups are both great places to add in beer or wine to give the flavor some oomph.
Likewise, sauces are a great place for the addition of alcohol to add some depth of flavor.
In baking, pretty much any chocolate recipe can be updated with Guinness in place of some other liquid ingredient, such as coffee.
Of course, Guinness isn’t the only beer you can cook with; there are plenty of other beers that are great for cooking with as well. I particularly love using lighter beers like Corona and Dos Equis for marinating steaks for grilling.
Hopefully these recipes will be a good jumping-off point for you.
About Ashley Martell
Ashley has enjoyed creative writing since she was six years old, when she wrote her first short story. She majored in English literature at the University of Montevallo. After years of professional work, she is now a stay-at-home mom of three, who uses her craft to write about her life and adventures in and out of the kitchen.