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This is a slight adaptation from a recipe posted by one of my favorite food bloggers – How Sweet It Is. The main difference being simply that she topped hers with panko & fresh basil. I opted for canned crispy onions!
This is a really easy dish & the flavor of the Guinness really does come through. Because of the dark beer – the dish has a browner color than traditional mac & cheese. The crispy onions on top add a bit of sweetness. A perfect dish for St. Patrick’s Day!!!
Smoky Guinness Mac & Cheese with Crispy Fried Onions
5 cups uncooked macaroni
4 TBS butter
4 TBS flour
16 ounces milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
16 ounces Guinness or other stout (or other beer)
16 ounces cheddar (I used a mix of 7 oz Kerrygold Dubliner & 9 oz Tillamook sharp) – grated
plus 1 cup grated cheese (I used cheddar)
8 ounces Parmesan – grated
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp pepper
pinch of nutmeg
6 ounces crispy fried onion pieces from a can
Additional grated cheese to top the casserole – optional
Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cook & drain the pasta. Feel free to under cook it a minute or two as it will cook more in the baking process.
In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over med-high heat. Whisk in the flour & stir constantly for a few minutes – until it begins to brown.
Slowly add the milk & beer – in increments – and stir constantly as it thickens. It will not be as thick as most recipes because of the beer. Once incorporated, add the 16 ounces of cheese & blend. Add the spices & blend. Lower the heat to medium & simmer about 5 minutes. Add the pasta & blend. Add an additional cup of grated cheese – if you feel it needs it. I did.
Transfer the mix to a greased casserole pan. Top with more cheese (optional – I did not add more here) and top with the crispy onions.
Bake 25-30 minutes & then allow to set & cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
Slop that baby out onto some plates & swill it down with more Guinness! HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!