We all love a good pour—but if you’re not cooking with Guinness, you’re missing out on a world of possibilities, both sweet and savory. The malty flavors of Guinness pair impeccably well with chocolate and sweets, and they also add an oomph of richness to meats and stews. Whether you’re gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, or just really love a dark stout, here are 10 ways to enjoy Guinness in the kitchen.
1. Beer Braised Pot Roast
For the heartiest pot roast you’ll ever eat, coffee and dark stout beer come together to form a deep, luxurious gravy (and it’s arguably the best part of this whole dish). Bonus: It only takes half an hour of hands-on cooking—your slow cooker handles the rest of the work.
2. Stout Chocolate Cake
Don’t skimp on the beer—a whole bottle of Guinness in this cake is what gives it a nutty, dark flavor that can’t be replaced. This is the cake you make when you’re looking for a show-stopping, decadent dessert centerpiece.
3. Beef and Guinness Stew
This beef stew is a labor of love—but so worth it. Simmering it in a Dutch oven for two hours is what makes the meat fork tender and delicious, and the stout adds a depth and hint of maltiness that’s a perfect pairing for the chuck roast.
4. Maple-Stout Quick Bread
Guinness is what gives this quick bread its beautiful golden-brown color and slightly bitter flavor. It’s easy to whip up fast; the whole thing comes together in about an hour. Slather butter on a slab when it’s hot out of the oven, and you’ll be one happy camper.
5. Black and Tan Brownies
Named for the old-school half stout-half lager drink, this two-toned brownie is richer, maltier, and and all-around tastier than your typical brownie recipe. The layered shades of batter also make these bars beautiful to slice and serve.
6. Hearty Beef and Stout Stew
For a cozy, warming meal, this is the recipe to turn to. To cut through the richness of the stew, Guinness adds just the right amount of bitterness to balance the flavors. It’s also faster than your average beef stew—this recipe only needs to simmer for 15 minutes.
7. Chocolate Stout Brownies
Dark chocolate and Guinness is a match made in heaven, and these fudgy brownies really do deliver. A good splash of the stout into the batter is what makes these brownies extra decadent and irresistible.
8. Stout Chocolate-Cherry Bread
The tartness of the cherries, the bitterness of the stout, and the sweet richness of the chocolate is what make this bread mouthwatering. Pro-Tip: This bread will disappear fast—you’ll want to double-up on the recipe.
9. Stout Mac and Cheese
Is there a better combo than beer and cheese? The slight bitter note of the Guinness adds a little something extra to the rich cheese sauce in this homemade mac and cheese... and folks, the boxed stuff just can’t compete. P.S. Don’t skip the final few minutes under the broiler—that golden, crispy top is where it’s at.
10. Hearty Wheat Bread
What could make warm loaf of freshly baked bread even better? Add coffee and Guinness—your kitchen will smell amazing. Making a from-scratch, yeasted bread is definitely a little time-intensive, but the results are well worth the effort the minute this golden-brown beauty comes out of your oven.