1. Guinness Mushrooms on Toast

    Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Great British Chefs blogger Monica Shaw has been brainstorming various ways to use Guinness in her cooking. Earlier this week she posted 5 Great Recipes Using Guinness, and now she puts Guinness to the test in a variation of the classic dish, mushrooms on toast.  Here’s the recipe.

    Blog post & photography by Monica Shaw

    I credit the idea of this to the stout-masters themselves, who have a recipe for Guinness Mushrooms on Toast on their website. I’ve done a simplified version, adapting Mark Bittman’s sautéed mushrooms to use Guinness instead of white wine.

    The result is really something special. The Guinness turns ordinary sautéed mushrooms into something far deeper, richer almost nutty in flavour. I like to slice the mushrooms in quarters rather than slices – the larger pieces are a good balance to the rich Guinness gravy, and also offer a bit of bite and texture to the dish.  The toast must be a good bread to stand up to these full flavours – I recommend a strong crusty sourdough or a hearty wheat loaf.  

    I also recommend a chilled pint glass, because you won’t use the whole can of Guinness making this recipe, and it’d be a shame to let the extra go to waste.

    Guinness Mushrooms on Toast

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup olive oil or butter
    • 1 pound assorted mushrooms, sliced or quartered
    • a few dried porcini mushrooms (optional)
    • 1/4 cup Guinness (or more to taste)
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • Salt and pepper
    • Good bread

    Guinness Mushrooms on Toast

    Method

    1.     If using porcini mushrooms, soak them in hot water until rehydrated then finely slice.

    2.     Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. When the oil is hot, add mushrooms and a pinch or two of salt to coax out the moisture. Cook 10-15 minutes, or until tender.

    3.     Add the Guinness and let it bubble away, about 1 minute.

    4.     Turn heat to low, add garlic, and cook for one minute longer. Remove from heat.

    5.     Serve on toasted bread, garnished with parsley.

    Blog post & photography by Monica Shaw

    Which recipes would you suggest for a St Patrick’s Day dinner or snack?  How have you used Guinness in dishes?  Livening up a sauce? In a stew or hotpot or even as a dessert or cocktail.  Let us know over on Great British Chefs Facebook Page.

  2. 5 Great Recipes Using Guinness

    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.

    Guinness Bread

    guinness treacle bread
    Photography by Emily Muldoon

    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

    Chocolate Guinness Cake
    Chocolate Guinness Cake photo by sally_monster

    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