Fun and Easy Guinness Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Guinness Recipes for St. Patrick In the cozy alcoves of Ireland's pubs, Guinness serves as more than a social stimulant, it's a social currency. With its rich, silky texture and frothy head that keeps well 'til the last gulp,...

Guinness Recipes for St. Patrick
Guinness Recipes for St. Patrick

In the cozy alcoves of Ireland's pubs, Guinness serves as more than a social stimulant, it's a social currency. With its rich, silky texture and frothy head that keeps well 'til the last gulp, it is a known custom in the Emerald Isle to buy rounds for fellow patrons, with the certainty that they'll return the favor next round. But Guinness is not only enjoyed as a drink among friends, as illustrated in our Guinness recipes below, many can indulge in this rich brew by means of delectable sides and desserts.

Guinness Cheesy Pub Fries

Guinness Cheese Fries
Guinness Cheese Fries

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 Russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Guinness (any)
  • 5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • sour cream (optional)
  • bacon bits (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Clean the potatoes and cut into thick strips.
  3. Coat the potatoes  in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, more if you like your fries crisp.
  5. While the potatoes are baking, you can begin work on the Guinness cheese sauce. First, place the cheese in a double boiler or fondue pot and melt over to medium heat.
  6. To avoid scorching, stir constantly and keep the heat below high.
  7. Add the Guinness and Worcestershire sauce and stir.
  8. Place the fries on individual plates and top with the cheese sauce.

For added flavor and garnish, you can add a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle on some bacon bits to make your pub fries "loaded".

Mocha Guinness Cupcakes

 

Mocha Guinness Cupcake
Mocha Guinness Cupcake

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Guinness Extra Stout
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line muffin tin with paper or grease lightly. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the Guinness, coffee, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  5. Add the eggs to the Guinness bowl, one at a time, and continue to whisk.
  6. Lastly, add the sour cream to the Guinness bowl and whisk once more.
  7. Take the dry mixture and gradually add it to the wet mixture.
  8. Fold it in until you have a thick but smooth batter.
  9. Pour batter 3/4 the way into the muffin tin.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  11. Frost with your favorite icing or use the recipe below (highly recommended).

Enjoy!

Guinness Buttercream Frosting

Guinness Cupcake Frosting
Guinness Cupcake Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened slightly
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of Guinness Extra Stout

Directions:

  1. Simmer the Guinness in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Let it simmer until it thickens, reaching the consistency of a syrup.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the powdered sugar, adding the latter one cup at a time to ensure the mixture stays fluffy.
  5. Now add the heavy cream, a little at a time, and continue to mix.
  6. Stir in the vanilla, and gradually add the Guinness, mixing constantly.

Avoid adding too much Guinness at once. Yummy though it is, it can impart a bitter taste. Thus, we suggest you sample the frosting as you go, and adjust the amount of Guinness accordingly.

If you don't know what to do with all the Guinness you stocked up on for St. Patrick's, these recipes will give you some delicious alternatives instead of drinking it all! Don't forget to share your creations with friends and family to bring in this festive day.

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