Coffee doesn’t just have to be for your morning cup of joe. It can add a rich and natural flavor to meats like steak, ribs and pork. Then on the flip side coffee can also be a savory and sweet addition to desserts, pancakes and sauces. I first fell in love with coffee by enjoying an afternoon latte as a pick me up. Now almost every day starts with black coffee at breakfast. As I fell more in love with the rich earthy flavor of coffee I started to experiment with how coffee can be used like a spice in many recipes. Here are four fun ways to cook with coffee.
- Use coffee in your next batch of chili. Coffee acts like a natural tenderizer for meats and it adds a bold savory flavor.
- Make coffee pancakes or waffles. Simply sub some of the liquid ingredients (water or milk) with room temperature brewed coffee.
- Buy instant espresso powder for desserts. When you desire to infuse cake, brownies or a glaze with coffee flavor it’s best to use instant espresso powder. The powder dissolves in warm water and it can add the fresh bold coffee flavor many desire for a dessert.
- Use ground coffee beans in a spice rub. Make your own spice rub for prime rib, steak or hamburgers with a dash of ground coffee beans.