Cooking with Beer: Saint Patrick's Day Recipes


On March 17 of each year, vast quantities of beer are consumed across the United States. While many may spend the day drinking beer, why not celebrate your St. Patrick's Day by cooking with it? Cooking with beer can add whole new depths of flavor to food. But forget about the green beer swilled by holiday revelers. Learn how to enhance the flavors of your favorite Irish recipes using the good stuff.

Here are two recipes made with beer that you can enjoy on St. Patrick's Day or any day of the year.


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5 stars from 2 ratings of Crock Pot Corned Beef with Guinness
Guinness Stout is a great vehicle to enhance the flavors of corned beef.
Guinness Stout is a great vehicle to enhance the flavors of corned beef.

Crock Pot Corned Beef with Guinness

The custom of corned beef on St. Patrick's Day is distinctly an Irish-American one; it's not considered a traditional dish of native Ireland. Guinness Stout, on the other hand, has been an Irish tradition for over 200 years. The coffee-like, roasted malt flavor of this dark, almost black beer is the perfect companion to salt-cured corned beef. Start the dish in the crock pot in the morning before attending your local St. Patrick's Day parade and it will be ready to eat when you're home from the festivities.

Ingredients

3-4 pound flat cut corned beef brisket, with juices and seasoning packet

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 medium onion, sliced thin

1 can or bottle of Guinness Stout

Water or beef broth (optional)

Preparation

Carefully open the brisket package and pour the juices into a crock pot, retaining the seasoning packet. Trim the brisket of excess fat.

Combine the contents of the seasoning packet with the brown sugar and rub into the brisket.

Placed onion slices in the bottom of the crock pot and put brisket on top. Pour Guinness over brisket and add additional beer, water or beef broth as necessary to cover brisket. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours (or on high for 5-6 hours). Turn brisket once during cooking.

Remove brisket from crock pot, slice thin, and serve.

Makes 12-14 servings.


Colcannon with Brown Ale

Colcannon is a classic Irish dish combining creamy mashed potatoes and cabbage (or kale). This twist uses a sweet and malty brown ale to caramelize the cabbage before stirring it into the potatoes. The sweet, buttery dish makes a great side for your St. Patrick's Day corned beef.

Enhance the flavors of traditional Colcannon with a sweet brown ale.
Enhance the flavors of traditional Colcannon with a sweet brown ale.

Ingredients

6 medium potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled

3 cups shredded green cabbage

6 green onions with tops, thinly sliced

1/4 cup brown ale (like Newcastle Brown)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/3 to 1/2 cup milk

4 tablespoons butter, divided use

Salt and pepper


Preparation

Cook potatoes in boiling, salted water until tender, about 20-30 minutes; drain.

While potatoes are cooking, heat cabbage, green onions, beer, 2 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and salt to boiling in a high-sided skillet. Stir to combine thoroughly. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 7 minutes. Remove lid, turn heat to high, and cook until water evaporates, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Mash potatoes with remaining butter and beat in milk in small amount until desired creaminess is reached. Stir in cabbage, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Makes 6 servings.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Great hub! I learned some new recipes here. Nice twist with the beer. The creamy mashed potatoes and cabbage sounds just wonderful. It is definitely something I will try very soon, maybe even tomorrow in honor of St. Paddy's Day. Thanks! Bookmarking, voted up and shared.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Sannel! I had fun sampling the beer while I was cooking today! ; ) Let me know what you think of the colcannon recipe if you do try it. Happy St. Paddy's Day!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

This looks great. I want to try both the recipes--while drinking beer! Bookmarking for later. Many votes!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Victoria! Cooking with beer definitely requires some sampling. ; ) Enjoy.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

You're making me have some cravings here. ;) Yummy hub! Happy St. Patty's Day!


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emilybee 4 years ago

Thanks for the timely ideas to whip up this St Pattys Day!!! Voted up!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have never cooked with beer. I would love to try this.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, everyone, for the comments. I was busy yesterday with the local St. Patrick's Day parade and festivities (our float won!) so today I'll be making corned beef and colcannon for about 20 people. Whew.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I LOVE these recipes. I didn't bookmark them, I printed them out and put them in my family recipe folders. I can tell from the instructions, ingredients list, and Guinness that they are going to be huge hits when the weather cools down (we definitely won't wait for St. Patty's Day to try them). Also pinned to my Recipe Smörgåsbord board. Up, up, up!


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MarieAlice 4 years ago from Peru

I will share this recipe with my family....sometimes we cook with bear too and give a different taste to our dishes, like stews or even rice!!! Thanks for sharing..


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I have tried beef casserole cooked with beer and it was ace. This recipe gives me a chance to try it at home Deborah, I spent some time in county Carlow last year and fell in love with the Emerald Isles. Thanks for sharing.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Sally's Trove. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine do! Let me know how they work out for you. But, yes, wait a couple of months. There's nothing like a belly of Irish food on a hot summer day! : )


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

I never thought to use beer in rice. I'll have to do some experimenting. Thanks for the tip and the comment.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Docmo, as important as my Irish heritage is to me, would you believe I've never been to Ireland? It's on my short list of places to visit, for sure. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

what a great dish and recipes.. I am sharing on cooking time on facebook.. looks so good.

debbie


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Deborah. I really appreciate the shares!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I've never cooked with beer (have used wine). This sounds really good.

I voted this UP, etc. will share and Pin to my recipe board.


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

The picture of Guinness brought me here, but the delicious sounding recipes made me stay. These sound great, and I will have to give them a try!


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Backwater Sage 4 years ago from Old Elbow Creek

Mmmm. Sounds good!

I save the good stuff for drinking. If you steam your shrimp in cheap beer instead of water, it will have a tighter texture and fuller flavor. Of course you need your Old Bay, Zateran's or homemade "Cracker" crab and shrimp boil seasonings, too.

I am going to try these recipes this weekend with the good stuff, and just drink the cheap stuff as I watch SEC football teams crush whoever they might be playing.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Mary, internpete, and Backwater Sage. Cooking with beer is a little trickier than cooking with wine, and I find I'm loving the challenge. I've recently started exploring the world of beer cheese soup and have been pleased with the results. Backwater Sage, thanks for the tip on shrimp. I've also heard that steaming clams in American lager (i.e., the cheap stuff), is a good way to go. Save the good stuff for drinking!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

All I saw was the Guinness and I had to try copy the technique for some vegetables.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, rasta. Let me know how it turns out!


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Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I simmer my pork ribs in beer before coating with barbeque sauce and browning on the grill. They come out nice and tender.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

That sounds great, Sherry. My husband uses white wine for his. We'll have to try beer.


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keepyouinstitches 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

I love bite a good ale can give a recipe, especially in soups.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

I've used beer in chili but never in soup. Thanks for the suggestion!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

My uncle used to cook ribs in beer...the meat literally fell off the bone. I then fell off the chair. Haha! Awesome recipes and hub!:)


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Now that sounds delish, Sunshine! My husband using white wine to braise ribs. Also good.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Deb,

I'm going to make a vegan version of the colcannon for St. Paddy's Day for my part-Irish significant other, Patrick. The recipe sounds wonderful.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

It is stream fishing time here in Texas, the sand bass, when the water hits a certain temperature, swim from the lakes back up the creeks to as close to where they were hatched as they can....and they do this to repeat the cycle.

It's so much fun to catch those sand bass...it's virtually electric the way they hit your lure really hard...it is a non-stop adrenaline rush. Thing about those fish is...they only really taste good if you really know what you are doing, or if you simply batter/fry them. Adding some dark beer to your batter can be a nice bit of flavor changer for bass, catfish, or anything, really.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Hi Daisy. I think you could substitute veggie stock for the milk and maybe olive oil for the butter. I don't cook vegan so let me know if there are better substitutions. Enjoy! Thanks for the comment and share.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Now I am hungry for fried fish. Yum! Thanks for the comment.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Well, never have cooked with beer, but your recipe sound so darn good - I'm game. Glad I found this hub - wouldn't have wanted to miss this. Sharing and all good votes!


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georgescifo 2 years ago from India

Really great stuff. Thanks for sharing.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

The corned beef with beer and the Colcannon sound awesome. Now I want corned beef. I guess I can wait a couple of weeks! Thanks!


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Rebecca. I will be enjoying some this weekend. Yum!


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, georgescifo. It is pretty great. : )


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Vocalcoach, thank you so much for the votes and share. Beer is a great ingredient in many dishes.

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