What could be more enjoyable for a coffee lover than a drink made from freshly ground coffee beans? Unless just strong coffee with walnut pie. But chefs advise not to limit your experiments to making coffee with spices and ice cream. There are many interesting and, at first glance, completely unusual options for dishes with coffee.
Freshly brewed coffee can have slightly bitter and slightly nutty, chocolate, and even tobacco notes. And if you mix it with chili and add the mixture to stewed venison or pork, sauce with fried forest mushrooms, you get a fragrant dish with a more pronounced taste of meat.
In the past, American chefs have often used coffee as a flavor enhancer. In the southern states, coffee was added to the skillet after roasting bacon or ham and a so-called red-eye gravy was made. BBQ pros use a blend of ground coffee and chili to grate meat before roasting.
To look at familiar ingredients from a different angle, we offer three recipes that will allow you to redefine your usual coffee.
Spicy BBQ Mix
- Ground coffee - ¼ cups
- Ground chili ancho - ¼ cup
- Brown sugar - ¼ cup
- Smoked paprika - 2 tsp
- Salt - 2 tsp
- Ground cumin (cumin) - 1 tsp
Combine all the ingredients, grate the steak or pork with the mixture just before frying
Pork in a coffee marinade
- Iced black coffee - 150 ml
- Sweet soy sauce - 150 ml
- Madeira - 150 ml
- Pork belly - 2 kg
- Mix coffee, soy sauce and Madeira. Pour the marinade over the pork so that the marinade completely covers the meat. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight).
- Preheat the oven to 115 ° C. Put the meat in a roasting dish, pour a little marinade over it, cover with foil and simmer occasionally pouring marinade over for 5-6 hours or until the meat begins to separate from the bones.
- Remove the dish from the oven and cut between the bones into portions (about 6 portions). Pour the remaining marinade into a saucepan and bring to a boil, simmer over low heat for about 4 minutes, until it thickens.
- Preheat oven to 220 ° C, coat the meat with thickened marinade and bake in the oven for 7 minutes. Then remove, coat with marinade again, turn over and bake in the oven for another 7 minutes.
Bicherin (2 servings)
The coffee-based drink has been served in the café of Turin for three centuries and in 2001 was recognized as a “traditional product of Piedmont”.
- Heavy cream - 125 ml
- Milk - 250 ml
- Dark chocolate, chopped - 100 gr
- Extra strong hot coffee or espresso - 150 ml
- Granulated sugar - 2 tsp
- Powdered sugar to taste
- Beat the cream until crisp and sweeten with powdered sugar. Heat milk in a large saucepan with chocolate and sugar. Beat the mixture until it boils, reduce heat and let it simmer for a minute, whisking constantly.
- Pour coffee into two heat-resistant glasses. Carefully and slowly pour the chocolate mixture over the top. Garnish with whipped cream on top and serve.
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