Abt-solutely Delicious: St. Paddy’s Day Edition
There’s a little bit of Irish in everybody on St. Patrick’s day. For some it’s a time to don your green clothes, grab a pint, and hit the parade. For others, it’s a chance to host a party with friends and family. We’ve assembled three delicious dishes that highlight the almighty Guinness draught beer that are perfect for your St. Paddy’s day festivities. Not just a favorite drink on the holiday, the malty flavor imported from Ireland is also versatile ingredient when used for cooking.
While most will be drinking the delicious pint of the gods, you can curb their munchies with some Guinness-inspired snacks. We start with a robust barbecue sauce whose tantalizing flavors will pair with the meat of your choice. Then for the main course, a heavenly cheesy Guinness Mac n’ Cheese, followed up by a malty Guinness float for dessert. These snacks won’t leave you like a blind cobbler’s thumb, and it has been shown that Guinness is good for you, in moderation. We hope you enjoy these dishes and please have a responsible St. Patrick Day.
Guinness Barbecue Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 cup apple cider vinegar
11.2 oz bottle Guinness Draught
1.5 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Chipotle chili powder
Put all ingredients into a medium sauce pan, bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 mins.
Use on your favorite meats and recipes immediately or store in an air tight container, inside the refrigerator.
Guinness and Irish Cheddar Mac & Cheese
1 lb elbow macaroni noodles
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup Guinness
1.5 cups milk
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 oz cream cheese (cubed)
3.5 cups grated Irish cheddar cheese (divided)
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
Boil elbow noodles in salted water and cook until done.
Before draining the pasta, reserve 1 cup of pasta water and set aside.
While pasta is cooking, prepare the topping and cheese sauce.
In a medium skillet melt butter over medium heat.
Add garlic and breadcrumbs, cook until toasted and fragrant.
Salt and pepper to taste, set aside.
In a large sauce pan melt butter over medium heat.
Sprinkle in the flour and whisk together.
While whisking pour in Guinness, milk, half and half, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard.
Bring mixture to a simmer while whisk frequently until thickens slightly.
This is take several minutes.
Once thickened add cubed cream cheese and 2.5 cups of the grated cheddar, stir until smooth.
Add cooked pasta into mixture and combine.
Add remaining 1 cup of grated cheddar and stir until completely melted.
If mixture is too thick add some reserved pasta water to thin.
Put Mac & Cheese in serving bowl and sprinkle with topping and enjoy!
Chocolate Guinness Float
4 large scoops chocolate ice cream
2 teaspoons chocolate extract
2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
6 oz Guinness Draught (cold)
Grab two glasses and an ice cream scooper. Scoop 2 large scoops of ice cream into each glass.
Add 1 teaspoon of chocolate extra and 1 teaspoon of chocolate syrup into each glass.
Pour half a can of Guinness into each glass, make sure to pour slowly. Stir while pouring if desired.