Intrigued by coffee cuisine? You can indulge your own culinary interests and try at home what food enthusiasts and well-seasoned cooks know already.
Put on your chef hat and apron. Read about the creative recipes of famous chefs of the world. Watch videos about their cooking and, above all, go ahead and experiment. There are so many well known chefs, cooking teachers, and cookbook authors to recommend that the list is almost endless. Here is a short list,
Expert in Louisiana cuisine with an extra kick. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse makes coffee a part of his regular repertoire. This chef shows how to discover the many ways coffee enhances the flavor of drinks, appetizers, main entrees, desserts and after-dinner beverages.
Emeril’s coffee recipes include: Emeril’s Kicked Up Coffee Drink; Baby Back Ribs with Coffee Bourbon Barbecue Sauce; Coffee Nocello Glazed Ducks; Tiramisu with Chocolate Dipped Coffee Beans; Chicken Mole with Coffee Extract; Chocolate Coffee Flan; Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake;Coffee Ice Cream Sandwich, and Spice-Rubbed Rack of Lamb with Coffee-Vanilla Sauce among others.
Food Network’s celebrity chef with a best-selling Mesa Grill Cookbook featuring recipes that bring flavors and ingredients in amazing ways. Bobby Flay’s southwestern style of cooking is intensely-seasoned and chile-laden. One of Bobby Flay’s best recipes is a sweet and smoky beef and rib rub that blends coffee grounds, brown sugar, coriander, oregano and chili powder. This recipe is legendary in coffee cooking circles. Check it out sometime. The coffee in this recipe plays off the deep and earthy flavor of the beef but preserves a unique smokey, spicy, fragrant and a bit bitter taste that makes your taste buds sing!
Other Bobby Flay’s recipes include: Spiked Iced Chicory Coffee; Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak; Coffee Rub Filet with ancho chile powder; Keawe Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Kona Coffee Barbecue Grilling and Dipping Sauce, and Grilled Chocolate Coffee Steak, among others.
Very well known chef with several appearances on PBS in several television cooking shows, including Jacques Pepin Celebrates and Fast Food My Way. Pepin’s many cookbooks include Happy Cooking, Simple and Healthy Cooking, The Short-Cut Cook, A French Chef Cooks at Home, La Technique, La Methode, and others.
Coffee recipes featured recently on his website: Coffee Balsamic Glaze and Fudge Coffee Brownies.
Other chefs cooking with coffee include,
Wolfgang Puck: A famous Austrian television chef and author of cookbooks such as Wolfgang Puck Adventures in the Kitchen and The Wolfgang Puck Cookbook: Recipes from Spago. Wolfgang uses coffee in his cuisine extensively, especially in beverages and desserts.
Julia Child (1912-2004): Attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school after World War 2 and introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American public in television programs, such as The French Chef which premiered in 1963. Julia’s Gingersnap-Mocha Truffles are delicious!
Terry Conlan: Executive Chef at Lake Austin Spa Resort includes a terrific recipe featured by Epicurious called Coffee-Crusted Sirloin with Jalapeño Red-Eye Gravy. Try it sometime!
Ke’O Velasquez: Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Ke’O Velasquez did not attend public school. Ke’O was home schooled. He attended Hawaii Community College and simply developed a cooking bug which eventually launched his career into the hospitality industry. His cooking has a unique island style which wins reluctant cooks and diners easily. A favorite recipe featured by the Food Network is Kona Coffee Crusted Rack of Lamb.
Guy Fiery: This chef is an American restaurateur, author, television personality, and game show host. He is widely known for his television series on the Food Network. Favorite coffee recipes: Java Crusted New York Steak with Stout Glaze; Coffee Bananas Foster Dessert, and Coffee Liqueur Ice Cream Pie.
The list goes on and includes Mario Batali, Paula Dean, Rachael Ray, Jacques Torres, Chef Jeffrey Blank and many others. In the end, the conclusion is quite simple. Coffee is for far more than drinking. Coffee lends itself to creative cooking ways that delight the palate and invite diners to go for seconds! Of course, to get the best results use freshly roasted quality specialty coffee preferably roasted to order from a gourmet coffee source.
Lastly, remember that a good meal is not complete without a good beverage to accompany it. Coffee gives a meal that extra zing and finale that makes the moment special. It should not matter if it is a meal at home or at a commercial establishment. Be creative with coffee in your kitchen. Have fun with the beans and the brew!