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5 Mouthwatering Recipes that Feature Coffee as a Key Ingredient

by Sean Lockwood

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Despite what some people may assume, one does not have to use coffee only in desserts such as Tiramisu cakes and ice-cream. It is also high time to look beyond the staple combo of chocolate and coffee in Mocha. So, did you know you can put some coffee in gravy to get a rich flavor or pour a cup of espresso over cobbled beans for some cowboy vibe?  


Thanks to the roasted quality, as well as bitterness and acidity, coffee is a match made in heaven with many types of food – particularly when it comes to BBQ. It gives them depth and complexity and infuses them with an exotic sensation. With that, I’m sharing some delicious recipes containing coffee that simply stand out from the rest:


Coffee Baked Beans on Toast


coffee baked beans with toast

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Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1 chipotle chili
  • 1 tin of haricot beans in water
  • 4 cloves of smoked garlic
  • 1 cup diced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1/2 a cup smoked bacon
  • some lardons
  • 1/2 tablespoon muscovado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 2 over-ripe tomatoes cut into halves
  • 3 serving of espressos
  • 1 cup of water


How to prepare:

  • First, fry the shallots in rapeseed oil
  • Add the lardons, and lightly toss.
  • Next, it is time to add tomatoes, garlic, and mustard powder.
  • Fry the mix for 2 minutes.Make sure the shallots do not burn.
  • Pour a cup of water, and salvage the flavor from the bottom of the pan.
  • Put everything in the dish, throw in the rest of the ingredients and leave it in the oven for 40 minutes.
  • Take it out from the oven, cool for 5-10 minutes and serve. 

Note: This dish is best served with a griddled toast and with some shredded cheese on top, if you like, of course. 


Lamb Cutlets with Coffee Gravy


coffee lamb

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Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 4 double lamb cutlets
  • 2 espressos
  • 1/2 cup of pomegranate
  • vinegar
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup muscovado sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcester sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes
  • 1/2 a cup of runny honey


How to prepare:

  • Begin by sautéing onions in rapeseed oil and wait for them to become translucent. Then, add garlic, paprika, cumin, and chili flakes in a saucepan.
  • Cook for 2 minutes and add the remaining ingredients- pomegranate vinegar, muscovado sugar, ketchup, garlic cloves, Worcester sauce, and runny honey.
  • In the meantime, prepare lamb cutlets in a griddle pan and season with pepper and salt. Finally, move the cutlets to a dish and pour the gravy to cook them together.  Slice the cutlets in half and garnish to your liking.

To achieve a full flavor, you should rely on the best coffee maker with a grinder that money can buy. Enjoy!


Barbecue Chicken Hoecakes


barbecue chicken hoecakes

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Chicken lovers have the reason to rejoice too. Hoecakes with vinegar slaw are something you imagine that farmers feast on after a long, hard day at work. That said, basically, anyone who loves both chicken and coffee will enjoy this meal!


Here’s what you’ll need: 

(For the chicken )

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • Olive oil
  • Brown sugar
  • Coffee barbecue sauce

(For the hoecakes)

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted (plus additional for griddle)
  • 3/4 cup coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Vinegar slaw


How to prepare (the chicken):

  • Start by preparing the Barbeque (in medium heat).
  • Slather the chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  • Placing the chicken on the barbeque rack
  • Cover it and smoke the chicken until it is cooked
  • Shred the meat into strips and mix with a barbecue sauce


How to prepare (the hoecakes):

  • Put together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, water, butter, vinegar slaw, and cheddar cheese
  • Preheat the oven (300 F)
  • Mix the ingredients well
  • And once the hoecakes are ready, top each one with chicken in the barbecue sauce

Once done, what you should achieve is a delicate sweet flavor, but with an invigorating acidic bite. 


Jamaican Coffee Brownies


Jamaican coffee brownies


Instead of the good old Tiramisu, let us go for a different type of dessert, Jamaican Coffee Brownies with Pecans. If you want to make the most of this recipe, use Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, which is the cream of the crop due to its smooth and sweet flavor.


Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 15 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs (large ones preferably)
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  • 30 thin strips crystallized ginger


How to prepare:

  • Kick off this culinary endeavor by combining sugar, butter, cocoa, coffee and salt in a large metal bowl.
  • Whisk until the butter melts and all ingredients come and blend together.
  • Once you cool the mixture, add eggs and vanilla, pour flour over, and mix in pecans.
  • After baking the brownies, make a ganache topping with brewed coffee and chocolate chips.
  • Spread evenly over brownies and enjoy a truly unique sweet treat!


Coffee-Rubbed Cheeseburgers



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Cheeseburgers and coffee may seem like strange bedfellows, but only at a first glance. The coffee injects fresh new texture to your favorite food, bringing out the meaty flavor and complementing spice rub. 


Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

(For the toppings)

  • 8 slices red onion
  • Texas Barbeque Sauce
  • 8 slices tomato

(For the burgers)

  • 1 pound ground
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 8 slices applewood-smoked bacon
  • 8 slices smoked provolone
  • 8 potato-bread hamburger buns


How to prepare:

  • To make the coffee rub, mix fresh ground coffee, golden brown sugar, black pepper, coriander, dried oregano, and sea salt.
  • As for the cheeseburger itself, you can get creative, although my favorite version is with smoked bacon, chuck, sirloin, provolone, caciocavallo, and Gouda cheese.
  • The topping usually consists of slices of red onion and tomato. Just sip the rub on top of each side of the burger and feel free to use the same method on steaks and chicken. 


Exalted coffee bliss


No one thinks twice about coffee as a drink, but it is not typically associated with mouth-watering dishes. Well, rest assured that there are many unconventional ways to incorporate coffee into your cooking. Take advantage of its tenderizing quality and robust flavor and let the beloved roasted flavor serve as a mellowing agent.

As a rule of thumb, cook only with the coffee you would actually drink. So, make sure to use the right beans. Many see Arabica as an artisanal product that is perfect for kitchen use and I could not agree more. In any regard, do not go overboard to avoid the bitterness or suffocating other flavors. Put a coffee twist on your culinary adventures and work some magic in the kitchen!


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