Chef Time!

Chef Time!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Could This Get Me That Nomination?

Maybe this will get me a nomination for the James Beard Award?? One can only dream.

Your favorite coffee can make an economical cut of meat delicious…   

Grilling is a cooking process that often overly dries thinner or less expensive cuts of meat. But the coffee marinade imparts a wonderful, earthy character to the meat while also plumping it up, keeping it moist throughout the grilling process. Sure a fat T-bone will retain its moistness, but cuts like that are far from economical for large families on a budget. As an experiment, I grilled my top round coffee-marinated steak alongside a rib eye steak treated only with dry rub. The top round was half the price, but tasted twice as good, thanks to its little bath in bean juice. So save that coffee…and grill with joy!

Coffee-Marinated Steak  
Steaks for grilling or broiling (I use top round)
Coffee, freshly brewed and cooled
Salt & Pepper Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Scallions or shallots (optional)
Favorite steak dry rub (optional)

Go for an economical cut. (I use top round steak.) Pound the steak out with the spike side of a meat hammer. If you don’t have a meat hammer, then put your steak in a plastic bag and pound it with a regular hammer or the back of a ladle, and prick it all over with a fork. This starts the tenderizing process. (It also does wonders for venting frustration. Who needs therapy when you can pound meat?)
Place your steaks in a glass or plastic container and pour enough cold coffee over them to cover. You can use any kind of coffee. Choose one you would enjoy drinking and brew it up fresh. Just make sure you allow the coffee to cool completely before pouring it over the raw meat.
Add a tablespoon of salt (I use coarsely ground sea salt), a dash of pepper, and (optional) a couple of diced scallions or shallots along with a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Cover the container with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 to 3 hours. No longer!
Pull the steaks out of the container and discard the liquid. Do not rinse, simply apply a favorite dry rub.
There are many dry steak rubs available in your grocery aisle. Cook your coffee- marinated steaks on a charcoal or gas grill, or broil the meat in the oven, and…


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