With St Patrick’s Day approaching on 17th March we had heard that resident vegetarian Great British Chefs blogger Monica Shaw was fond of the odd glass of Guinness. We asked if she knew of any ways to have her Guinness and eat it too? Here’s her five favourite recipes
Blog post & photography above by Monica Shaw
I’m only 25% Irish, but I’m 100% about the Guinness. And with St. Patrick’s Day approaching this Saturday, 17th March, I’ve been looking at ways to enjoy Guinness beyond the perfect pint and incorporate the famous stout into my cooking. After all, we cook with wine, booze and ale - why not Guinness?
In my quest to discover new ways to have my Guinness and eat it too, here are a few recipes that have inspired me:
Guinness Mushrooms on Toast
When trying to think of foods that would pair well with Guinness, my mind immediately turned to mushrooms, followed shortly after by toast. Here, the Guinness brew-masters themselves step up with their own recipe for Guinness Mushrooms on Toast. Perhaps I should try again with a bit of porcini mushrooms, or would that detract from the Guinness? I’ll just have to make it and find out.
My love for mushrooms on toast has a great deal to do with my love for good bread, and I’m especially enamored with granary loaves that include malted grain. A-ha moment: I can get that malty goodness from Guinness, too. Case in point: SlashFood’s Guinness and Onion bread, a hearty loaf made with wholemeal and white flour, flecked with onions. Could this be the perfect toasting bread for those Guinness mushrooms I mentioned?
Vegetable Guinness Stew
Many of us are familiar with the classic steak and Guinness pie, but I like this idea for a Vegetable Guinness Stew on the Kitchn. Again, mushrooms come into play, along with lots of potato carrots, onions and celery. What could be more Irish than a hearty stew? Perhaps a bit of Irish Soda Bread to go with it?
Guinness Onion Soup
I’m a huge fan of French Onion Soup, so when I stumbled upon this recipe for French Onion Soup with Guinness at KitchenDaily, I got kind of excited. Guinness should pair perfectly with the earthy flavours of onion. Topped with good bread and some melty Irish cheddar, I can’t think of a better way to give kudos to the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day (aside from washing it all down with a pint of Guinness, followed by some Chocolate Guinness Cake).
Chocolate Guinness Cake
This post wouldn’t be complete without at least one recipe that involves chocolate and Guinness, one of the most perfect flavour pairings in the world. And I must confess, I love Nigella Lawson’s recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake, a full-flavoured cake. Either that or a nice scoop of David Lebovitz’s Guinness Ice Cream.
Even after I write this post, I keep stumbling on more inspiring recipes using Guinness, for example, Hank Shaw’s Guinness and Molasses Bread and BBC’s Guinness Rarebit. Still, I want more! Who else out there is cooking with Guinness? Will you be making anything special for St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know on Great British Chefs Facebook Page
Blog post by Monica Shaw