1 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese (preferably Irish), cubed
Crackers, chips or bread, to serve
HEAT the olive oil in a large skillet over medium.
ADD the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and caramelized, about 20 minutes. If the onions begin to char before they caramelize, add a tablespoon or 2 of water. Set the onions aside and allow to cool.
COMBINE the cooled onions a food processor with the Guinness, salt, pepper, cayenne and cheddar. Pulse until combined and smooth. Serve with crackers, chips or bread. Also makes a great spread for a roast beef sandwich.
Nutrition information: Per serving: 130 calories, 90 calories from fat (69 percent of total calories), 10 grams fat (5 grams saturated, 0 grams trans fats), 30 milligrams cholesterol, 3 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 7 grams protein, 240 milligrams sodium.
Irish Chop Suey
Servings: 6. Start to finish: 30 minutes. Recipe by Alison Ladman.
6 12-ounce bottles Guinness
1 pound package wide egg noodles
1 1/2 pounds 90 percent lean ground beef
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and ground black pepper
3 green onions, chopped (white and green parts)
BRING the Guinness to a boil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.
ADD the egg noodles and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Drain the noodles, but reserve 3 cups of the liquid (add water if needed to have 3 cups). Set both aside.
COMBINE, meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet over medium-high the ground beef, onion and garlic. Sauté until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
ADD the flour and stir to coat. Stir in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and reserved Guinness. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and black pepper. Stir in the egg noodles and serve topped with green onions.
Nutrition information: Per serving: 680 calories, 130 calories from fat (19 percent of total calories), 15 grams fat (6 grams saturated, 1 gram trans fats), 135 milligrams cholesterol, 74 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, 36 grams protein, 270 milligrams sodium.