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Cooking with Coffee – Classic Recipes

As coffee roasters around the country are discovering new ways to bring out the different flavors in coffee, chefs are starting to get serious about cooking with coffee as an ingredient. They started with the obvious suspects – desserts. We’re used to sweetened coffee, so coffee ice cream and mocha brownies aren’t too startling. From there, they branched out into meats, and coffee-rubbed ribs, steaks and chops started cropping up on steakhouse menus. But as I started researching, collecting, testing and developing recipes for my upcoming Ultimate Coffee Cookbook, I found a severe shortage of recipes for nearly anything else using coffee as an ingredient. The ones that I did find almost always called for instant coffee powder. I did, however, find some amazing recipes featuring real coffee, and even a few other cooks and chefs who dug in deep enough to recommend specific kinds of coffee to use. Check out these awesome classic recipes that have been reimagined to feature the many flavors and faces of specialty coffee.

Risotto with Capers and Espresso

The smooth, dark flavor of coffee complements the richness of risotto in this play on a classic dish. It's a speciality created by Massimiliano Alajmo of Le Calandre and featured at FoodandWine.com.

Salted Caramel and Coffee Eclairs

Deliciously decadent, this twist on the classic eclair lets the rich flavor of coffee shine, and cuts the sweetness of the caramel and custard filling with sea salt.

Coffee Butter

The acids in coffee complement dairy fat in a delicious way, so coffee-infused butter shouldn't be a big surprise. This sous vide method of infusing butter with coffee is easy and practically foolproof.

Coffee and Peanut Curried Potatoes and Peas

In Africa, it's not unusual for recipes to use coffee as a broth. This delicious vegetarian curry combines peanut butter and coffee to create a rich, smooth sauce for potatoes and peas.

Coffee Vinaigrette Dressing

Coffee salad dressing? Surprisingly good. Coffee vinaigrette takes a starring role in this grilled green salad from Epicurious.com

Risotto with Capers and Espresso from Food and Wine uses two of my favorite techniques for cooking with coffee – infusing liquids before adding them to a recipe and dusting the finished recipe with finely ground coffee beans. The rich flavor of coffee contrasts wonderfully with the sharpness of the capers to create a delicious variation on a classic recipe.

Salted Caramel and Coffee Eclairs from BBC Food Recipes is a deliciously decadent coffee recipe that allows the rich flavor of coffee shine in contrast to the sweet custard and caramel, and enhances it with a sprinkle of sea salt.

Coffee Butter makes nearly everything taste better. If you start cooking with coffee, it should be a staple in your fridge – and this recipe from Chef Steps with an easy-to-follow video shows you just how easy it is to do.

Coffee Peanut Curried Potatoes and Peas features coffee used as broth for cooking potatoes in a savory curry dish with surprisingly complex, earthy flavors, originally posted at CoffeeKind.com.

Coffee Vinaigrette plays a starring role in this delectable salad of grilled greens from Epicurious.com.

Deb Powers has been reading about coffee, drinking coffee, brewing coffee, writing about coffee and roasting her own coffee for nearly 30 years.She confesses to being a coffee wonk and finds endless fascination in even the most meta of coffee information.
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