Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How to use up a six pack of Guinness without drinking it all...

Since it is St. Patrick's Day and I am half Irish, I had to celebrate. Rather than go the corned beef and cabbage route (which is an Irish American dish, unrecognized on the Emerald Isle) I made Guinness Beef Stew. The recipe is quite specific about using Guinness Draught and not Guinness Stout as the key ingredient. Since you can't buy just one bottle (I didn't think to ask if I could buy just one), I had some extras for other purposes.

One purpose was celebrating the Eve of St. Patrick last night. One was celebrating tonight. Then Angie found a recipe (chocolate stout cake) to use up some more and also provide a dessert. In an attempt to protect my supply for imbibing, I noted that the recipe calls for Stout and we only have Draught. Curse the Internet, because she quickly found another similar recipe that would deprive us of another bottle of that fine Irish beverage. Luckily, by the time of the discovery it was too late to make dessert. But we may have to celebrate St. Joseph's Day (March 19, and much more significant for the Catholic Church) with what's left of our six pack.

The Guinness Beef Stew turned out very well (better than last time) and I think it's a keeper, even though prep takes forever. And it would be nicer if we had a larger crock pot so I wouldn't have to halve the recipe. Maybe I should put it on my amazon wish list..


  1. I think St. Joseph would approve of a Guinness Cake. He was a carpenter and a working man, after all.

  2. "Curse the Internet!" LOL...

    Your writing is very entertaining!