January 5, 2009

My Goodness, My Guinness!

It was almost like an episode of Iron Chef around here for dinner, where the secret ingredient was Guinness! We had 2 cans of it that my brother brought for Christmas, so I had to find a use for them. Let me tell you that I have never had an entire Guinness in my life, and can barely swallow a sip of it, so there was no way I would be downing one in a frustrated mama moment.

My sister-in-law gave me a pretty jar mix for Christmas for beer bread. It's from Tastefully Simple, but the recipe can be pilfered (not pilsnered) online. It's basically:

Bountiful Beer Bread
1 12 oz. can or bottle of beer, soda or other flavored, carbonated beverage (you can even use diet)
3 Cups Self-rising flour
3 Tbsp. Sugar
Optional (but worth it)--3 tsp. melted butter

(Quite healthy, I'd say). You mix the dry ingredients and then add the beer, stirring quickly until it is just combined. It will be lumpy. Put it into a greased bread pan and pour the melted butter over top, if you wish. Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes.

This is what it looks like when baked.
And sliced. The outside is crunchy and chewy and the inside was soft. It did fall apart a bit on the outside when I was cutting it, but it still tasted yummy.
It was soooo good! And I actually liked the taste of the beer in the bread.

But I mentioned that Guinness was the secret ingredient for the whole meal, and I thought I'd make a quick French onion soup with the other can. But that was a mistake. It seems like the French and the Irish don't get along. The soup was bitter, despite the addition of lots of water. I'm sad that I wasted two vegetarian "beef" bouillon cubes. C'est la vie. And Erin go bragh.

We tossed out the soup, but still had a simple salad and some Tipperary cheddar, which was quite appropriate. Truly a meal fit for a serf.
(yes, it's that tablecloth again!)

On a related note, I learned a bit about Guinness from some online research. Did you know it has less calories than skim milk and orange juice? I've heard about it being a meal in itself, but that's just not the case. And also, it's not a vegan/vegetarian product since it uses the swimbladders of fish to filter the beer.

Any beer recipes you'd like to share? I still have some Sam Adams Winter Recipe in the fridge.
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  1. I have a crockpot recipe that I have been meaning to try:

    Beer Brisket

    1 3 or 4 lb beef brisket
    2 large sliced onions
    12 oz of beer
    1/2 cup of chili sauce
    2 tsp steak seasoning
    kaiser rolls

    Trim fat from meat. Place onions in crockpot. Put meat on top. Mix beer, chili sauce and seasoning.

    Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 5-6 hours.

    Then the fun begins. Take the meat out and slice it. Scoop out the onions and lay them on top. Drizzle it with the juices from your crockpot and serve with the rolls on the side.

    Sounds yummy to me!

    BTW, I made beer bread once, and it was super crumbly, too. I thought I had messed up so thanks for letting me know that I am not a doofus for screwing up such a simple recipe.

  2. I've heard of putting beer in chili - I haven't tried it myself (because I'm lazy), but it's supposedly very good!

  3. I like how you said it's crunchy on the outside but soft inside. That's perfect bread to me. It looks delicious!

  4. I love Guinness and Beef Stew... I make it often enough and since Guinness is one of Mat's favorites, he appreciates it.


    I'll have to make that bread to go along with it next time!

  5. Actually, Beer Cheese Soup is delightful, and I got the recipe from Tracy P. over at The Journey:
    Tracy P's Beer Cheese Soup
    1 stick of butter
    1 cup flour
    4 cans chicken broth
    1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
    1 jar (15 oz.) Cheese Whiz
    6 oz. beer
    1 T. Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 cup freeze-dried chives

    Melt butter in pot. Add flour and cook on low heat for five minutes, stirring constantly.
    Add chicken broth gradually, while stirring to prevent lumps. Stir in whipping cream.
    Add Cheese Whiz and stir until melted and smooth. (Requires a little patience!)
    Add beer, Worcestershire sauce and chives, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring constantly. (Trust me when I say that if it starts boiling, it will foam up and over quicker than you can come up with a catchy colloquialism. Mark my words. Clean up while it cooks if you must, but do NOT turn your back on it. Just sayin'.)
    Garnish with popcorn and serve!

  6. That sounds sooo delicious!! Now I'm craving homemade bread!!

  7. I love making bread by hand. I have never made beer bred before so I shall have to give it a go. First I need to get some beer. The swim bladder thing was gross. LOL I cannot wait to tell DH about his favourite beer.

  8. Amy's in Austin used to make Guinness ice cream! It was actually pretty great...

  9. The bread looks good! Too bad about the soup! I've used one beer when boiling shrimp before...it gives it a great flavor!


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