Saturday, March 17, 2012

Guinness & Green Onion Biscuits & St. Patrick's Day Recipe Links


I'm Irish.  I was born there to an Irish mother and an American father.  So posting a recipe for St. Patrick's Day should be a no-brainer.  But I struggled with what to post...and leaving it until the last minute didn't help.  

It had to be something easy and I had to have the ingredients on hand because I had no time for shopping.  Well, biscuits are easy and I had a couple of bottles of Extra Stout Guinness in the fridge plus a couple of green onions so beer biscuits it would be!   

These are light and flaky even though they're kinda rough looking...it's the dark brew that gives them that look, of course.

There is just a hint of the Guinness and the green onion does not overwhelm.  They won't overtake any other flavors or aromas in your menu.  So that's good.  

A couple of these with some creamy scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage would be a very fine St. Patrick's Day breakfast, don't you think?

Guinness and Green Onion Biscuits

2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter
4 Tablespoons chopped green onion/scallions (or chives)
3/4 cup Guinness Extra Stout

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Mix the flour, salt and baking powder.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender.  Add the green onion.  Add the beer and mix to a soft dough.


Knead the dough 8 or 10 times on a lightly floured surface.  Roll the dough about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut with a 3-inch round biscuit/cookie cutter.

Place on baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until lightly browned on the edges.










Cool slightly but best served warm with a dab of butter.

The flavors intensify as the biscuits cool.  I think leftover biscuits would be excellent sliced, buttered and grilled, cut side down.




Note: In a futile attempt to be clever, I first cut the dough with a shamrock shaped cookie cutter.  They looked adorable unbaked but weird baked.  I think they were too small.  So no pictures of those biscuits!    Oh well...



And now a few links to St. Paddy's Day recipes from some food bloggers who are known for their expertise in all things foodie.  You will not go wrong following these links and you're sure to find just the thing you're looking for.  Yes, there are more bread recipes...bread is the staff of life, y'know!

Bacon Cheddar Scallion Scones from Joanne at Fifteen Spatulas

Irish Brown Bread from A Kitchen Addiction

and sweets for the sweet...

Bailey's Brownie Cheesecake Truffles from Sarah of Baking Serendipity

Double Decker Rainbow Cookies from Bridget at Bake at 350

and more scrumptious links...

Friday Pin-Ups: Luck of the Irish from Isabelle at Crumb


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