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10 Guinness-Infused Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

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Guinness Irish Stout: It’s practically synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. And though it’s famously referred to as a “meal in a glass,” there are plenty of great ways to incorporate it (sans glass) into your meals. Its dark, bitter flavor pairs perfectly with chocolate, ginger spices, briny oysters, and much much more. See below for just a few of our favorite ideas.

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    Irish Corned Beef and Vegetables with Dill Pickle-Horseradish Cream and Guinness-Mustard Sauce

    This classic St. Patrick’s Day recipe is excerpted from Bruce Aidells' Great Meat Cookbook. Using a little Guinness to boil the corned beef provides a pleasant malty flavor.
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    Stout Floats

    An ice cream float made with beer may not be a new idea to craft beer fans and brew pub regulars, but it’s too good not to go mainstream. Stout pairs particularly well with chocolate ice cream and syrup.
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    Slow-Cooker Steak and Guinness Pie

    This simple version of the classic Irish dish has the distinctive bitter flavor of Guinness stout. Although it’s slow-cooked, the hearty beef stew requires minimal prep time. When it’s ready, the puff pastry “tops” are baked separately and served alongside.
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    Guinness-Gingerbread Cupcakes

    These cupcakes are an intriguing combination of gingerbread and rich, malty stout. Topped with a bright-tasting lime frosting to complement the spicy cake, these cupcakes make a perfect grown-up treat for St. Patrick’s Day.
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    Oysters with Irish Soda Bread and Guinness Stout

    In the recipe, all you do with the Guinness is drink it...alongside its classic pairing of oysters on the half shell, plus crusty homemade soda bread.
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    Stout and Cheddar Meatloaf

    With an infusion of hearty, bitter stout, sharp Cheddar, and a bacon wrapping, this meatloaf would be right at home at a St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
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    Chocolate Stout Cake

    Rich, dark, and toasty stout beer plus deeply flavored molasses give the chocolate flavor of this cake some wonderful nuance.
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    Chocolate Stout Chili

    Chocolate stout beer gives this chili rich, complex flavors that get even better with time. If you can resist the urge to devour the chili the day you make it, you’ll be deliciously rewarded for your patience.
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    Blacker & Tanner

    This cocktail takes the classic Black & Tan—stout and pale ale—and cranks it up, blacker and tanner, with a double IPA and an imperial stout.
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    Warm Chocolate-Stout Brownie Sundaes

    Stout not only gives these brownies a moist texture but also serves as the base for an unusual chocolate sauce. If you can’t find chocolate stout, regular stout is fine.

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