Sean and I went out for drinks Friday, so our real St. Patrick's Day celebration last night was pretty low-key. I made his favorite Irish stew, and managed to make a serendipitous mistake!
I used this recipe, which is derived from Sean's Irish grandma's recipe. I've made it several times, but this time, I came up a bit short on beef broth. Usually, it calls for three cups, but I only had about 1 and 1/2...I was about to supplement with water, but then I remembered we had Guinness we'd bought to have with the stew. A-ha!
Ultimately, the stew ended up having half a bottle of Guinness and 1.5 cups of beef broth and it was delicious. The Guinness flavor wasn't overpowering; just a hint of barley and magic!