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Did You Know You Can Cook With Coffee? Here Are Six Recipes To Try This Fall

Coffee. It’s such a versatile liquid. It helps you wake up in the morning. It revives you in the middle of the day. It relaxes you in the evening. It helps you end a wonderful meal. But other than drinking the “life-giving” elixir we all know and love, there are other equally delicious ways to consume coffee. Here are a few recipes you can try at home.   Cooking with coffee  

Happy Hour

Outside Irish Coffee or a simple splash of something in your mug, coffee has been seeing growth in the cocktail sector. Cold brew has really pushed this trend along. This recipe takes a trending classic cocktail, the Negroni, and adds a twist.   Ingredients
1 1/2 ounces cold brew coffee 1 ounce Campari 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  Instructions
Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled, about a minute. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a twist of orange zest.
From Imbibe Magazine  

Starter

Looking for an appetizer to start off your meal? These scallops sound amazing. Consider serving on individual spoons, on individual tiny tasting plates, or on a deviled egg platter for portioning.   Vinaigrette Ingredients
2 ounces Applewood smoked bacon (sliced)4 garlic cloves (minced) 2 shallots (finely diced) 2 tablespoons ginger (minced) 2 ounces apple cider vinegar 2 ounces honey 3 ounces olive oil Juice from 1/2 lemon Black pepper to taste
  Instructions
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Set aside.
  Espresso Rub Ingredients
2 tablespoons brown sugar2 tablespoons coffee, finely ground1 tablespoon ground coriander 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon dry ginger 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 12 U-10 scallops 4 cups baby spinach with mixed greens 1/4 cup flour 2 ounces olive oil 2 ounces white wine 4 ounces butter
  Instructions
Render fat from bacon. Add the garlic, shallot, and ginger. Heat until fragrant. Deglaze with cider vinegar then add honey, olive oil, and lemon. Season with pepper.
  Toss green and spinach in vinaigrette.   Pat scallops dry. Lightly dredge with flour. In a separate bowl mix together brown sugar, coffee, ground coriander, cumin, ginger, red pepper chili flakes, salt, and black pepper. Sear one side in pan with hot oil. Flip and rub small amount of coffee mixture on top.   Deglaze with white wine. Add butter and finish cooking scallops in 400-degree oven. About 5-7 minutes.
From Food 52  

Side

For a unique accompaniment to your main dish, try these carrots. The sweet flavor of the carrots is enhanced by the smoky aromas and flavors of your favorite coffee beans.   Ingredients
1 pound thin carrots, peeled1 teaspoon olive oil 1 small garlic clove, minced Coarse sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper, to taste 1 cup medium roast whole coffee beans (decaf preferred)
  Instructions
Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Place cast-iron skillet over medium heat to heat for 5 minutes.
  In a large bowl combine carrots, olive oil, and garlic. Toss until carrots are covered with oil and the garlic bits are distributed evenly. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.   Add coffee beans to hot skillet and remove from heat. Shake until coffee is aromatic and beans have an oily look – about 3 minutes. Scatter carrots over beans in a single layer and cover pan with lid or heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake until carrots are fork-tender – 2-3 hours.   Remove carrots from bed of coffee beans and serve immediately. Discard coffee.
From Splendid Table  

Main

There are many main course dishes you can find that are made with coffee, take this barbecue recipe we featured earlier this year. Here is another that is oh so tasty–Short Ribs Braised in Coffee Ancho Chile Sauce.   Ingredients
4 dried ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded, and ribs discarded2 cups boiling-hot water 1 medium onion, quartered 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons canned chipotle chiles in adobo, reserve sauce 2 teaspoons adobo sauce, reserved from canned chipotle chiles 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 3 teaspoons salt, divided 6 pounds beef short ribs (or flanken) 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  Soak ancho chiles in boiling-hot water until softened, about 20 minutes. Drain in colander set over a bowl. Taste soaking liquid which will be bitter; if unpleasant, discard, otherwise reserve for braising.   Transfer ancho chiles to blender with onion, garlic, chipotles, reserved adobo sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon salt.   Pat ribs dry and sprinkle with pepper and remaining t teaspoons salt. Heat oil in 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Brown ribs in 3 batches, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer browned ribs to roasting pan just large enough to hold ribs in 1 layer.   Carefully add chile puree to fat remaining in skillet (use caution since it will splatter and steam) and cook over moderately low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add reserved chile soaking liquid (or if discarded, add 1 1/2 cups water) and coffee. Bring to boil. Pour over ribs (liquid should come halfway up sides of meat.)   Cover roasting pan tightly with foil and braise ribs in middle of oven until very tender, about 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Skim fat from pan juices and serve with ribs.   Note: This dish is improved in flavor by cooking ahead. Up to 2 days ahead, braise then cool uncovered. Once cooled, cover the surface of the meat and sauce with parchment or wax paper then cover roasting pan with foil. Before reheating, remove any solidified fat.
From Epicurious  

Dessert

By far the easiest of recipes to find with coffee as an ingredient (outside of coffee drinks, of course.) Here is a unique dessert to try for your next get-together, Coffee Gels.   Ingredients
1 envelope unflavored gelatin1/4 cup cold water 1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Instant espresso powder and chocolate covered coffee beans, optional
  Instructions
In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water. Let stand for one minute. Stir in coffee and 1/4 cup sugar. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  Pour into four Irish coffee mugs or 4-ounce custard cups. Cover and refrigerate until set.   In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add remaining sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.   Serve gelatin with whipped cream. Garnish with espresso powder and coffee beans if desired.
From Taste of Home  

Coffee Drink

We couldn’t share coffee recipes without including an actual coffee recipe. This Honey Maple Latte is a delicious way to end your evening. It could be a dessert in and of itself.   Ingredients
3/4 ounce Monin Maple Spice Syrup1/2 ounce Monin Honey Sweetener 2 shots espresso 6 ounces steamed 2% milk Whipped cream Leaf cookie, optional (can find online)
  Instructions
Combine ingredients, except milk, in serving cup. Stir and set aside.
  Steam milk in pitcher.   Pour steamed milk into serving cup, stirring gently.   Top with whipped cream and garnish with maple cookie (optional.)
From Monin   For more coffee drink recipe ideas, check out our recipe section on our website   Enjoy!
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