Heady Cooking: 13 Recipes Starring Beer

Posted Mar 15th, 2018 in Recipes, Winter Recipes

Heady Cooking: 13 Recipes Starring Beer

St. Patrick’s Day in Canada has long been an excuse to drink crummy green beer and behave badly. I’m not sure for whom I feel worse: the Irish who set aside this day for a religious celebration that honours their patron saint while we co-opt it for drunken revelry; or the beer that has a run-in with green food colouring.


These 13 recipes starring beer from some of my food blogging friends help restore suds to the respectable beverage it is.

They also bring a touch of class and flavour to any St. Paddy’s celebration — or any day of the year you have a hankering for a tall cold one on your plate as much as in your glass.

Guinness Irish Beef Stew by Bacon is Magic
Guinness Irish Beef Stew by Bacon is Magic.

Guinness Irish Beef Stew

I’ve been told that Guinness is better in Ireland. Still, the Canadian version sounds stellar in this Guinness Irish beef stew from Ayngelina over at Bacon is Magic. My vegetarian heart goes pitter patter at the emphasis she puts on the root vegetables in this stew

Vegetarian Chilli with Beer from Bridget's Green Kitchen
Vegetarian Chilli with Beer from Bridget's Green Kitchen.

Vegetarian Chilli with Beer

Blogger Bridget Oland is pretty easy-going about the type of beans that go into her meatless chilli. But she is certain that half a bottle of beer takes this warming concoction to a whole other level of deliciousness. I personally love a good stout to drink, and to add to chilli while it cooks. 

Guinness Triple Chocolate Cookies

Who says Guinness is only meant for beef stew? Not Jo and Sue, who show us how to use this Irish staple in these decadent triple chocolate cookies that combine two of my favourites: beer and chocolate. 

French Onion Soup with Lager from The Food Blog
French Onion Soup with Lager from The Food Blog.

French Onion Soup with Lager

Hops, barley and onions work magic in this heady take on a classic soup from Colleen at The Food Blog. A sip for you and sip for the soup while you cook French onion soup with lager, which is easily one of the most underrated beer styles.

Canadian Bean-otto by My Kitchen Love
Canadian Bean-otto by My Kitchen Love.

Canadian Bean-otto

Beans, beer, mushrooms and cheese all in one bowl, you say? Yup, Samantha at My Kitchen Love does say so with this easy weeknight lipsmacker that stars rich porter.

No-Knead Bread by Kitchen Bliss
No-Knead Bread by Kitchen Bliss.

No-Knead Bread

Baker’s yeast gets a helping hand from brewer’s yeast in this no-knead bread from Diane at Kitchen Bliss. It uses lager to help it rise to new heights in this virtually hands-off bread how-to.

Healthy BBQ Beer Can Chicken

You knew it had to be included in a beer recipe roundup. Terri at Food Meanderings makes the case for how beer makes a bird more tender

Guinness Fruit & Spice Cake by Joe and Sue
Guinness Fruit & Spice Cake by Joe and Sue.

Guinness Fruit & Spice Cake

Guinness steps up again in this snack cake from Jo and Sue that’s easily pulled together with pantry staples.

Stout Beer Bread

This quick bread is given a richness that can only come from the malted barley that’s essential to any stout. No fussing with yeast or proofing in this recipe from Joyce at Van Foodies. But it still promises a good crust. 

Irish Bread Pudding from The Food Blog
Irish Bread Pudding from The Food Blog.

Irish Bread Pudding

In a surprising twist, Colleen at The Food Blog gives us a savoury bread pudding. The key to nailing this is a good quality dark beer and sharp cheddar. Also a surprise? The Irish relationship with cheese, which Colleen tells us is a longstanding one.

Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake by Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake by Sweet and Savoury Pursuits.

Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake

The only thing that could make chocolate cake better is beer. But not just any beer. It would have to be a stout with its decadent chocolate notes, as Fida from Sweet and Savoury Pursuits show us with her chocolate stout bundt cake.

Pub-Style Soft Pretzel Rings

We all know beer and pretzels are soul mates. Melissa at MDivaDomestica confirms it yet again with this soft pretzel recipe that offers the cure for any carb cravings.

Creamy Sauerkraut & Wheat Beer Soup
Creamy Sauerkraut & Wheat Beer Soup.

Creamy Sauerkraut & Wheat Beer Soup

I love sauerkraut and I love a good German wheat beer. The sweetness of a proper Hefeweizen balances the power of fermented cabbage in this hearty soup that I make often

1 comment

  • Colleen on Jul 5th, 2018
    Hi Tiffany! What a great recipe tribute to St Patrick’s Day, and to cooking with beer ! They all look delicious, and thank you for including my French Onion Soup with Lager, and my Irish Bread Pudding.

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