That delicious cup of coffee gets us going in the morning and keeps us going day in and day out. Think beyond your morning coffee cup and consider adding your leftover morning coffee into your food recipes. It gives new meaning to a “daily brew”.
Coffee’s roasted qualities of bitterness and acidity make it the perfect complement to sweet, bold and nutty ingredients. The robust, earthy flavor of coffee can be used in sweet and savory dishes ranging from sauces and meats to rich cakes. Here are 8 ways to breathe new life into your coffee by using it as a versatile spice.
- Add to meat dishes – Coffee tenderizes meat while providing robust flavor. Consider adding coffee to your marinade or braising liquid for beef short ribs and chicken.
- Use as a spice rub – Add your leftover coffee grounds to meat before grilling, as a spice rub.
- Perk up your greens – Create a coffee vinaigrette for your greens. Mix together sherry vinegar, instant expresso, honey and olive oil.
- Add it to oatmeal – Try thinning your oatmeal with leftover coffee instead of milk for an extra kick.
- Infuse your desserts – Add a small amount of coffee to create rich undertones in your dessert recipes.
- Add to your frosting – Replace milk in your frosting with coffee to add a little bit of color and flavor.
- Coat your fish – Coat your fish with coffee grounds to add tons of flavor.
- Create a southern style breakfast – Create red eye gravy typically served on ham or grits in the south for breakfast. Red eye gravy is made by adding coffee to the pan and stirring with a wooden spoon and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Cooking with coffee is a great way to use up extra coffee! We hope our list has inspired you to breathe new life into your leftover coffee. After all, we could all use an extra caffeine kick.