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Use Coffee While You Cook: 7 Delicious Non-Drink Recipes

posted: 12/04/15
by: Blythe Copeland

Can't get enough of your morning caffeine boost? With these seven recipes for everything from icebox cake to prime rib, you can use your favorite java to deepen the flavor of your food at every meal.

1. Coffee hazelnut muffins with nutella glaze

Coffee and muffins may be an ideal pairing for a weekend breakfast or light brunch, but coffee muffins take the idea to a whole new level. This tasty version from Damn Delicious calls for espresso powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a full cup of brewed coffee in the muffin batter; a homemade hazelnut streusel topping; and a drizzle of glaze made with Nutella, confectioner's sugar, and milk.


2. Coffee-maple spiced nuts

Spiced nuts are an easy, tasty snack to have out at your next cocktail party, game day fest, or holiday open house -- especially if you use this recipe from Offbeat and Inspired, which yields three cups of nuts that you can make up to two weeks ahead of time. Rich ground coffee, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg are mixed with salt, pepper, and sweet maple syrup, then tossed with walnuts, pecans, and almonds for a can't-stop-eating-these finished product.


3. Grilled green salad with coffee vinaigrette

The recipe masters at Bon Appetit created this grilled green salad with coffee vinaigrette from a mixture of onions, tomatillos, nopales -- also known as cactus paddles -- and queso fresco, all grilled and served over mixed greens. But they point out that the specific vegetables you use aren't as important as the flavorful coffee salad dressing, made from vinegar, honey, espresso, and olive oil. Whip up a batch for your next dinner party to give the salad course a little extra energy.


4. Broiled java turkey

Turkey London broil -- boneless turkey breast halves -- will cook in about half an hour, making them a quick meal for a busy weeknight. But you can take the flavor up a notch by prepping them ahead of time with this simple coffee-based marinade: Just mix brewed coffee, balsamic vinegar, garlic, sugar, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and cinnamon, marinate overnight, and roast.


5. Coffee rubbed cheeseburgers with Texas barbecue sauce

Coffee and cheeseburgers may not seem like a natural fit, but in this recipe from Epicurious, a spice rub made from brown sugar, pepper, coriander, oregano, and salt gets a boost from ground coffee, which enhances the meat's flavor. The burgers themselves -- a mixture of ground chuck and sirloin topped with cheese and bacon -- are finished with homemade Texas barbecue sauce.


6. Three-ingredient prime rib roast

It doesn't get much easier than this three-ingredient prime rib roast from Food & Wine: The spice rub is made from ground coffee, salt, pepper, and the seeds of a vanilla bean, and the meat roasts -- almost entirely hands off -- for about three hours. You can even put the spice rub on the meat the night before, making this a nearly foolproof meal for your next cook-to-impress dinner party.

Photo credit: iStock

Photo credit: iStock

7. Mocha chocolate icebox cake

Coffee has earned its place in plenty of desserts, from elegant tiramisu to traditional coffee ice cream. Ina Garten's recipe for mocha chocolate icebox cake uses two kinds of java -- instant espresso powder and coffee liqueur -- and cocoa powder to create a mocha whipped cream, which is spread between layers of chocolate chip cookies for an indulgent end to any special-occasion meal.