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Chocolate Beer Cake
When it comes to beer, Guinness is iconic Celebrated for its velvety texture and its sweet-meets-malty flavor, the beer, which was founded in Dublin, Ireland, all the way back in 1759, has become the drink of choice for stout aficionados and social drinkers alike. Today, Guinness is available in several varieties, including the smoky and bitter Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and the citrusy and crisp Guinness Baltimore Blonde. But it’s their signature Guinness Extra Stout dark beer that continues to be a fan-favorite, thanks to its underlying notes of coffee and chocolate. In fact, this flavor profile actually makes Guinness the perfect secret ingredient for an array of delicious comfort food dishes, including the ultra-decadent Chocolate Beer Poke Cake that’s pictured above. Two bottles of Guinness enhance the cake’s overall chocolaty flavor, giving it the same moist gooeyness of a just-out-of-the-oven brownie. Already drooling?! Keep clicking through the gallery to see how else you can transform your next pint.
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Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs
Guinness isn’t the only alcoholic beverage you’ll pour out to make this 5-star recipe from Ina Garten. You’ll also use an entire bottle of red wine, plus a handful of other ingredients, to give your beef short ribs a fall-off-the-bone texture that’s worthy of the Barefoot Contessa’s iconic “Good” list. Ina serves hers with toasted baguette slices on the side, though we think it also works beautifully spooned over egg noodles too.
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Chocolate Stout Affogato Egg Cream
If you happen to have a bottle of Guinness in your refrigerator, these adult-friendly affogato egg creams are a playful way to change up your happy hour. Each one is made from a buzzy combo of beer, coffee liqueur, plain seltzer and slightly softened ice cream. We’ve opted for plain chocolate ice cream here, but a bold French Vanilla or maple-flavored variety, like this one from Food Network Magazine might be just as refreshing.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is a must-make on St. Patrick’s Day, but the hearty dish also makes an ultra-comforting dinner year-round. Unlike other recipes, which often utilize a slow-cooker to get your brisket beautifully browned, Ree Drummond bakes hers in the oven until the meat is perfectly tender. You’ll also bake your cabbage in the oven too, simmering it along with the contents of a whole bottle of Guinness until it’s nicely braised.
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Towering Flourless Chocolate Cake
This towering chocolate cake is the definition of impressive. Not only is it flourless, it also uses half a cup of Guinness in its batter along with chopped unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate to give you triple the decadence! The end result is a super rich and smooth dessert that’s topped with a dreamy meringue, that also just so happens to taste like your favorite marshmallow-filled candy bar.
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Pitch Dark Coffee Stout
If you like to add a splash of Baileys or Kahlua to a cup of coffee every now and then, this unique beverage is sure to wet your whistle. To make it, you’ll combine equal parts coffee- and currant-flavored liqueur, with a shot of freshly brewed espresso. Half a bottle of Guinness (or any other stout draught beer) finishes the drink off, giving you a new way to enjoy a “spiked” coffee. For a “right from the pub feel,” go ahead and chill your beer glasses in the freezer for 10 or 20 minutes before sipping.
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Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake
Looking for a yummy cake you can proudly serve the next time company comes over?! Give this Chocolate Stout Bundt recipe from Marcela Valladolid a try! It’s super spongy, dense and moist thanks to the Guinness and sour cream you’ll use in its batter. The cake also makes the perfect dunker for a piping hot cup of coffee or tea come dessert time.
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This two-ingredient granita recipe is beyond simple. To put it together, all you need to do is combine two bottles worth of Guinness in a baking sheet with some store-bought vanilla syrup and freeze! It’s that easy and delicious. To get the most out of this recipe, be sure to top your granitas with a generous dollop of store-bought or homemade whipped cream, like this espresso-flavored one from Katie Lee Biegel.
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Deep-Dish Pecan Pie
If you’re anything like us, you’re a year-round pie eater, which probably means you might be on the hunt for a brand-new pie recipe to sink your teeth into. This deep-dish one from Trisha Yearwood is pretty unique — unlike traditional pecan pies, which attribute their overall gooeyness to eggs, butter and sugar, the sweetness of this Wisconsin-styled one is due to the incorporation of honey, dark brown sugar and Guinness in its filling. Still not sold?! The recipe also uses a store-bought pie dough for the crust in place of one that’s made from scratch, which in Trisha’s words means, “you get the pie in your mouth faster, because you get to cook it faster.” Sounds like a win-win to us!
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Beef stew is one of those ultra-comforting dishes that always leaves you feeling satisfied after eating it. In this version from Katie Lee Biegel, top round beef is cooked with potatoes, onions, carrots, celery stalks, a whole bottle of Guinness and low-sodium beef broth.
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The Black Velvet
The Black Velvet first appeared back in 1861 when patrons in London’s notorious Brook’s club asked the bartender there to come up with a more “somber drink” to mark the passing of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. The drink couldn’t be easier to make: you simply pour some Guinness into a glass of chilled champagne and drink!
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Irish Guinness Brown Bread
Irish soda bread gets all the love and attention on St. Patrick’s Day, but this foolproof Guinness Brown Bread recipe from Ina Garten might just give it a run for its pot of gold. The ingenious creation is made from a handful of wet and dry ingredients, including (you guessed it!) Guinness extra stout beer, whole wheat flour, dark brown sugar, buttermilk, vanilla and quick-cooking oats. If your mix looks more like cake batter instead of bread dough once all your ingredients are combined don’t fret — it’s supposed to look that way!
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Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish
With reviews like “best chili ever,” “this chili was outstanding,” and “new fav chili recipe,” it’s easy to say that this Beef and Black Bean version from Bobby Flay is a must-make, especially for those who like a lot of spice. Though it’ll require some time to put together from start to finish — an hour and 45 minutes to be exact — the end result is totally worth it. Like some of the other meat-based recipes in this gallery, Bobby chooses to cook his cubed beef in a dynamic sauce made from Guinness, chicken stock, and pureed tomatoes, plus ancho and pasilla chili powders, ground cumin and pureed chipotle peppers.
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Chocolate Stout Torta
“An Irish-Italian match made in heaven!” That’s how Giada De Laurentiis describes this delectable Chocolate Stout cake. You’ll probably agree once you take your first bite of this fudgy, brownie-like dessert. Guinness and low-fat Greek yogurt keep it beautifully moist, while oat and blanched almond flours give it a slightly nutty undertone. Don’t forget to top your torta with Giada’s homemade whiskey bourbon whipped cream — it’s the finishing touch that adds the “bow” so-to-speak to this grownup-ready treat!
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Pub-Style Corned Beef Burgers
Nothing goes better with a frothy pint of Guinness than a juicy hamburger. This festive one from Food Network Kitchen is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and the day after, since the patty is made from ground beef and shredded corn beef! You’ll also top your burger with a made-from-scratch BBQ sauce, which features hints of Guinness, apple cider vinegar, dark brown sugar, tomato paste and ground coriander.
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Choco Cherry-Stout Ice Cream Float
These candy-topped Ice Cream Floats from Jeff Mauro put the “happy” in “happy hour.” Described by Jeff as an “ice cream soda-root beer float combined with his favorite beer,” the frozen delights feature scoops of cherry chocolate chip ice cream, puddles of chocolate syrup, whisky-infused dried cherries, Guinness, crushed up M&M’s and whipped cream: AKA a sweet-lover’s dream come true! To get kids in on the fun, omit the beer and spiked cherries and replace with seltzer water or root beer soda.
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Beef-and-Lamb Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is all about the hearty filling, and this Guinness-infused one from Food Network Magazine is loaded up with traditional and unique ingredients, like ground beef and lamb, diced carrots, frozen peas and leeks. To give the pie’s signature mashed potato topping an elevated punch of flavor and texture, we’ve sprinkle on 1/2 a cup of grated cheddar cheese.
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Love Guinness? Love ice cream? Then go ahead and enjoy both at the same time with these delectable and boozy Guinness Sundaes. The true magic behind them comes from the homemade caramel topping, which is made from a sinfully delicious combination of Guinness, sugar and cold butter.
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Buttermilk Onion Rings
If you’re like us, you never need an excuse to dig into a plate full of freshly fried onion rings. This recipe from Geoffrey Zakarian uses a fragrant and punchy mixture of grated Parmesan cheese, mustard powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, buttermilk, dark beer (like Guinness) and Dijon mustard to form the rings’ crunchy outer coating, which is further enhanced by a topping of even more Parmesan cheese.
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Hearty Short Rib Stew
This veggie-packed short rib stew from Ree Drummond “tastes just like the very best pot roast you’ve ever had, except better.” Ree uses two bottles of Guinness, plus two cups of beef stock, to give the stew’s sauce a broth-like consistency that’s simply delicious!
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Guiness Floats with Whiskey Whipped Cream
Whether you make them in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day or not, these boozy floats from Ree Drummond are a tasty way to breathe new life into your six-pack. You’ll get to use the ice cream flavor of your choice to make them — vanilla, chocolate and coffee all work wonderfully. When pouring the Guinness over your ice cream, be sure to go as slow as possible; doing so insures you won’t have any spillage!
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Beef Potpies With Cheddar-Stout Crust
Guinness gets double the playing time in these flaky and delicious pot pies from Food Network Magazine: you’ll use the beer in both the dough (along with grated cheddar cheese!) and in the beef chuck-based filling. We also wouldn’t be mad if you dug into one whilst chugging a pint of Guinness on the side either.
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Slow-Cooker Brisket Sandwiches
These open-faced sandwiches are anything but ordinary. They’re piled high with sliced brisket that’s been slow-cooked in Guinness, dark brown sugar, tomato paste, soy sauce and a handful of other flavorful ingredients. You’ll also have plenty of brisket left over after making them, so feel free to make these brisket melts or brisket tostadas for lunch the following day!
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Stout and Caramel Milkshakes
Four ingredients are all you need to make these easy spiked milkshakes from Valerie Bertinelli. To give them the signature frothiness and thick texture of a malt shop shake, follow Valerie’s lead and combine both your Guinness and your caramel ice cream in a blender until fully combined. And don’t forget to top them with some freshly whipped heavy cream!
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Spicy Kielbasa Dog with Stout Onions
If you’re someone who’s absolute favorite part of a hot dog is the toppings, we assure you this kielbasa dog recipe from Geoffrey Zakarian is sure to please your taste buds. Along with fresh watercress and sweet pickled piquante peppers, you’ll also add chopped onions that have been cooked in stout beer like Guinness to the top of these tasty brats.
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Irish Stout and Pumpkin Mousse Tiramisu
Don’t let the pumpkin puree listed in this recipe keep you from making it in warmer months like July and August — this fresh take on classic tiramisu is perfect for snacking at all times. Guinness takes center stage in the tiramisu mixture — unlike classic tiramisu where ladyfingers are soaked in coffee, you’ll soak yours in beer!
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