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13 Clever Ways to Cook with Coffee

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a kitchen that doesn’t have coffee in it. Whether it's beans, grounds, or instant, we love our coffee. It’s great to drink, but why not try cooking with it? Here are some recipes that incorporate coffee in its many forms. We tend to associate coffee with something sweet—it pairs well with chocolates and cream—but skewed savory coffee lends a recipe an earthy, smoky complexity. You’ve heard of coffee ice cream, but what about a coffee bean dip? Didn’t think so.

Rub beef ribs in coarse grounds or brine a chicken in its brew. Coffee proves an essential element in sauces or spice mixtures. That being said, coffee is delicious in desserts, too, so we threw in some sweet recipes as well. Brew yourself a batch to drink, but don't forget to save some for dinner—or dessert!

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Coffee-Marinated Flank Fajitas with Pico De Gallo
Coffee-Marinated Flank Fajitas with Pico De Gallo
Coffee-Crusted Barbecue Beef Ribs

Coffee-Crusted Barbecue Beef Ribs by Mandy @ Lady and pups

Late Night Coffee Brined Chicken

Late Night Coffee Brined Chicken by gingerroot

My Favorite Black Bean Dip
My Favorite Black Bean Dip
Braised Pork in Lazy Cherry Ancho Mole

Braised Pork in Lazy Cherry Ancho Mole by Savory Love

Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce

Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce by Aliwaks

Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Roast

Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Roast by Mylittlejarofspices

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Country Ham Hash with Maple Red-Eye Gravy

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Country Ham Hash with Maple Red-E... by Mary Catherine Tee

Coffee-Infused Braised Lamb Shanks and Beans
Coffee-Infused Braised Lamb Shanks and Beans

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Maida Heatter's Budapest Coffee Cake
Maida Heatter's Budapest Coffee Cake
Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream by Genius Recipes

Vietnamese Coffee Cake

Vietnamese Coffee Cake by Laura Biscaro

Italian or French Plums in Brandied Coffee Syrup
Italian or French Plums in Brandied Coffee Syrup

How do you brew? Let us know your favorite coffee use in the comments.

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Tags: Dinner, Faster, Winter, Weeknight Cooking, Dessert