Monday, March 17, 2014

Guiness Sliders for St. Pats

 Last night we hosted a Game Night and I knew I had to acknowledge St. Patty's Day in some way, but didn't feel like whipping up mini shepherd's pies or a big pot of stew or — shudder — corned beef and cabbage (which I don't even believe is actually Irish, but that's neither here nor there). I decided instead to make little burger sliders, basted in Guiness.

 It was pretty easy peasy. I brought a mixture of about half a bottle of Guiness, 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of light brown sugar to a boil and then simmered it until it seemed to reduce and thicken. I think it could have gotten even thicker, but it still did the trick. I made my customary burgers, with chopped onions, salt, pepper, garlic powder and a little thyme, and then grilled them up.

Once the burgers (haha, they look like nuggets here) were done, I basted them with the Guinness concoction and topped them with Irish cheddar. It gave them a nice little somethin' somethin' and reminded me of my favorite meal I ate in all of Ireland: a grass-bed burger with Irish cheddar at Sammy's on the Beach in Inch. What can I say? I'm not always fancy!

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