Besides drinking coffee, what else can we do with it? Why cook with it of course. Cooking with coffee is the most natural thing to do since it is an edible and delicious item at that.
Bake with it!
Using coffee for baking is probably the most commonly known way of cooking with coffee. There are a lot of baked delicacies that call for coffee flavor. While most recipes would use instant coffee for convenience, the use of freshly grounded coffee beans is not unheard of. In fact, it can give just the right punch to cupcakes, brownies, cakes, and breads.
Use it as Meat Rub
Ground coffee mixed with other seasonings like salt, paprika, brown sugar, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and coriander, can make the finest meat rub for delicious barbecue. It can be used for chicken, pork, and beef. Taste the difference between with and without coffee to appreciate the added flavor.
Use it for Sauces and Marinades
Meats can be be made more tasty with the use of sauces and marinades. Adding coffee to the sauce and marinade mixes offers a flavor option that is quite different from the usual mixes. Mixing the coffee granules with peanut sauce, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce, offers an exciting kick to meat for grilling.
Coffee sprinkles can be used for coffee drinks, baked goodies, and varied dishes. Sprinkling ground coffee on top of food and drinks completes the gastronomic experience for many. Sprinkles also function as decorative effects.
Frost Cakes with It!
If you want true mocha flavor, you only get that with coffee. Adding coffee granules to butter frosting mixes is the easiest mocha frosting to make. Mocha frosting can be used in almost all types of cake flavor.
Why Cook with Coffee
When asked why cook with coffee, the best answer will probably be why not. Given the very rich taste of coffee, it would be such a waste not to take advantage of the unique complexity that it can offer to food flavor. There are so many possibilities for this.
While we’re at it, do you know that some people actually cook in coffee pots? Some apparently use it to cook noodles, oatmeal, rice, boiled, eggs, and some vegetable and meat dishes. I haven’t tried this myself but it is good to know that it can be done at least when there are no other available options.