The thick, creamy taste of Guinness lends itself to a variety of dishes both sweet and savory. Stout adds depth and the kind of pleasant flavor you can’t quite put your finger on, no matter if it's chocolate cake or Irish beef stew.
You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to give these recipes a go -- grab a six-pack and get cooking!
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It looks like a Guinness and tastes like a Guinness, but the texture is considerably creamier. Top it off with Guinness whipped cream, of course. Get the recipe
Key ingredients: Egg yolks Sugar Guinness Heavy cream Chocolate Cole Saladino/Thrillist
This is just like the traditional black and tan drink -- half Guinness stout and half Harp lager -- except a whole lot chewier. Recipe
Key ingredients: Butter Chocolate Eggs Flour Sugar Cole Saladino/Thrillist Irish car bomb float
No need for a link out here -- this one's all my own. Drop 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream into a tall glass, add 1/2 shot whiskey, 1/2 shot Bailey's, and pour Guinness the rest of the way to the top.
Key ingredients: Vanilla ice cream Whiskey Bailey's Guinness Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Reduce the Guinness into a syrup for a nice roasted flavor, then mix it with milk and chocolate.
This recipe also adds Bailey's and Irish whiskey, in case the beer isn't boozy enough. But here's the recipe for this one!
KeyiIngredients: Cocoa powder Sugar Whole milk Milk chocolate Bittersweet chocolate chips Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Warm stout chocolate sauce is great on ice cream, in chocolate milk, or as fake blood in black-and-white movies. Recipe
Key ingredients: Sugar Cocoa powder Vanilla Salt Chocolate Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Stout makes chocolate cake super moist and tangy, and the creamy cream cheese frosting is a perfect complement. Nigella's trailblazing recipe is
here, and in my opinion, there are no others.
Key ingredients: Unsalted butter Cocoa powder Caster sugar Sour cream Eggs Cole Saladino/Thrillist
The classic cream soda is made with club soda, cream, and vanilla syrup. This boozy version uses vanilla and ginger liqueurs instead of syrup, and the creamy froth of Guinness stout instead of cream. Get the recipe
Key ingredients: Ginger liqueur Vanilla liqueur Club soda Guinness Courtesy of I Am A Food Blog
Replace the traditional rum-and-coffee lady finger soak with a malty stout. Right
Key ingredients: Mascarpone Sugar Heavy cream Lady fingers Guinness Drew Swantak/Thrillist
Regular onion rings on their own are already pretty damn good, but a twirl of crisp bacon and rich stout batter take them past damn good to a version that requires stronger expletives. Recipe
Key ingredients: Vidalia onions Vegetable oil Flour Bacon Queso Drew Swantak/Thrillist
Whether you choose to pour this stout syrup over
shamrock pancakes or regular pancakes or straight into your mouth, this complex, sugary sauce won't disappoint. Get that recipe.
Key ingredients: Courtesy of The Beeroness
Guinness in the waffles. Guinness in the fudge. Guinness in the glass you serve this decadent dessert with. Recipe
Key ingredients: Butter Dark chocolate chips Cocoa powder Milk Vanilla Courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker
Tender meat, potatoes, and carrots swim in a pool of rich, creamy beer and broth. Find the recipe
Key ingredients: Boneless beef chuck-eye roast Yellow onions Chicken stock Carrots Potatoes Courtesy of Top With Cinnamon
These three-ingredient breadsticks are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Plus, no kneading! The dough's also great for pizza crust. Recipe
Key ingredients: Self-rising flour Guinness Melted butter
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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor. She sometimes wishes she had facial hair so she could sport a beer mustache. Tag your Guinness foods and 'staches @perrysant and make her jealous.