Enjoy Guinness this St. Patrick’s Day with these alternative Irish recipes


Pour stout over ice cream in each glass.

Serve at once with long-handled spoons.

5. Bangers and colcannon with Guinness onion gravy

This is basically fancy sausages and mashed potato but  even the list of ingredients gets our mouths watering.

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes


1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 pound bacon, cut into 1 inch slices
pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 small head cabbage, thinly sliced
4 green onions, sliced
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound sausage (Irish or English bangers if you can get them)
1 large onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 bottle Guinness
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon sour cream
milk to taste


Bring some water to boil, add the potatoes and simmer until fork tender, about 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the bacon in a large pan over medium heat until it renders, about 3-5 minutes.

Add the butter to the bacon, season with salt and pepper and cook until it foams, about a minute.

Add the cabbage to the bacon, mix to coat and let cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

Add the green onions to the cabbage, cook for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat.

Add the sausage and cook until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side, and set them aside.

Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about a minute.

Sprinkle in the flour and let it cook for a few minutes.

Add the Guinness, mustard and Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar along with the sausage and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove the sausage and continue to simmer to reduce by half about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mash the potatoes, mix in the cabbage followed by the butter, sour cream and enough milk until you get your favourite mashed potatoes consistency.

Divide the colcannon between 4 plates, top with sausages and cover in gravy.

6. Guinness braised onion and aged white cheddar quiche

Where French haute cuisine meets Irish pub fare? Whatever it is, Guinness is a great addition to this meal.

Servings: makes 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours 25 minutes


4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 pound onions, sliced
1/2 cup Guinness
2 teaspoons grainy mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup cream
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup aged white cheddar, shredded
cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
1 pie crust, rolled out and fitted to a pie plate, chilling in the fridge


Cook the bacon in a pan on medium heat until crispy and set aside on paper towels to drain reserving the grease in the pan.

Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Add 1/4 cup Guinness, cover and simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated, about 15 minutes and repeat.

Remove from heat and mix in the grainy mustard and Worcestershire sauce and place in a large bowl.

Mix in the bacon, cream, eggs and 1/2 of the cheese and season with cayenne, salt and pepper.
Pour the mixture into the pie crust and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake in a preheated 375F oven until golden brown on top and set in the center, about 25-30 minutes.

7. Beer brownies with milk

Chocolate? Check. Brownies? Check. What else do you need to know?


3 ½ oz semi sweet chocolate
8 tablespoons of butter, browned
4 eggs, at room temp
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Valrhona)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup stout (or any dark beer) or cold coffee
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F


Sift together the flour and cocoa powder. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water. 

In a small pan over medium heat, melt the butter until it just turns golden brown.

Pour the brown butter into a bowl, scraping the pan to get the brown bits (this prevents it from overcooking).

Beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and shiny (2 minutes).

Continue beating on low while adding flour mixture and wet ingredients alternatively.

Finish with the vanilla.

Do not over mix.

Fold in the chips.

Pour into a buttered and floured 9 x 13 pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

8. Guinness and Baileys Irish cupcakes

These little beauties from Ireland really do offer a genuine taste of Ireland, just as they satiate your chocolate and cream cravings. With their lively mix of Guinness and Baileys, just one taste will tell you that they’re a little triumph of the cake makers art.