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EdSails

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Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Thu, 03/10/11 1:57 PM (permalink)
The other day I picked up a couple of nice rib eye steaks.
 
 
As I thought about it, I decided I didn't want to do the same old sea salt and ground pepper on it this time. Over the last few years I'd seen several shows and recipes that made a coffee-based rub for meats. That intrigued me, so I looked to see what I had. I started with a few scoops of Costa Rican coffee beans in the coffee grinder. I ground it pretty fine, more like an espresso grind. In my handy little mixing bowl I put the coffee, some paprika, some ancho chili, a few shakes of chipotle, sea salt, black and white pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
 
 I let it sit for a bit while the steaks warmed up from the fridge and then coated them generously with the rub. I let the steaks sit and mingle flavors with the rub while I started the next part of the meal.
 

 
I had a bag of small Yukon gold potatoes that I thought would go perfect with the steaks. Since I was grilling them, I prepared the potatoes for the grill too. First, I quartered the potatoes and placed them on a big sheet of foil. Then I added some olive oil, a few grinds of pepper, some sea salt and a healthy dose of ground cumin. I folded and sealed the package and it was ready to go.
  
I got the gas grill nice and hot on a few burners and placed the potatoes on them. I turned the package a few times just to try to keep from burning the potatoes. After 20 minutes or so, I lit an end burner, put it to low and moved the potatoes over it.
  
 
The steaks went on the hot burners and I was cooking.
 

 
In the meantime, I made a simple salad--------baby lettuce mix, grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas and scallions, etc.
 

 
After 4 minutes I rotated the steaks 90 degrees to try and get that nice diamond pattern. Another four minutes and I flipped them over and followed the same procedure on the other side. I kept the lid up------didn't want any flareups to ruin these!
 

 
After a bit I turned the heat down to finish cooking them. Even in the dimly lit dark outside, you could see they had a nice crust and a good pattern on them.
 

 
A couple presses with my finger for doneness and they came off to rest.
 

 
Now ---the ultimate test. Upon first taste, I was shocked. I had expected it to be a really overpowering rub. It was not. Instead, the steaks had just a subtle heat from the chiles and the coffee taste was slight, complementing the meat well. I probably could have used another spoonful of coffee to make it more assertive, but the balance was nice and I was very happy with the meat.
 
 

 

 
A successful exercise and a delicious meal. With a glass of Curran Sangiovese 2005, it made a delicious meal. I'm a firm believer in a coffee rub on steaks now!
 
 
#1
    Greymo

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    Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Thu, 03/10/11 3:03 PM (permalink)
    Your steak looks great and  I am going to try a rub such as you made.  I usually  just use Montreal steak seasoning and olive oil as a rub  but yous  sounds  well worth trying.
     
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      fishtaco

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      Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Thu, 03/10/11 3:30 PM (permalink)
      I've done BBQ sauce with coffee, but have yet to try this.
       
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        MellowRoast

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        Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Thu, 03/10/11 4:23 PM (permalink)
        Now that looks super-dandy to me.   Beautiful steaks and salad, too.
         
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          ann peeples

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          Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Thu, 03/10/11 7:57 PM (permalink)
          Everything looks and sounds fantastic! Just curious as to what your salad dressing was.
           
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            1bbqboy

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            Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Thu, 03/10/11 8:11 PM (permalink)
            Ed, where are the vegetables? And you call yourself  a Californian?
             
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              leethebard

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              Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Thu, 03/10/11 9:36 PM (permalink)
              What a GREAT Idea...will try this...fulllboodied!!!
               
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                EdSails

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                Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Fri, 03/11/11 12:35 AM (permalink)
                Bill-----there's a whole salad there!
                Ann----I must confess, it was El Torito Cilantro Pepita Ceasar Dressing. Pretty good actually!
                 
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                  BT

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                  Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Fri, 03/11/11 2:02 AM (permalink)
                  EdSails

                   Bill-----there's a whole salad there!
                   

                   
                  I don't see any iceberg lettuce . . . you can stay in CA (for now, but don't push it).
                   
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                    brisketboy

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                    Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Fri, 03/11/11 10:51 AM (permalink)
                    This looks truely awesome and I think I am going to try this myself since I am a total steak lover. I want to try the potatos that way as well.
                     
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                      chewingthefat

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                      Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Fri, 03/11/11 11:20 AM (permalink)
                      Fantastic looking,everything, great pics!
                       
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                        ann peeples

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                        Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Fri, 03/11/11 12:08 PM (permalink)
                        That dressing sounds great, Ed.I like anything ceasar!
                         
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                          EdSails

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                          Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Fri, 03/11/11 10:10 PM (permalink)
                          BT


                          EdSails

                          Bill-----there's a whole salad there!


                          I don't see any iceberg lettuce . . . you can stay in CA (for now, but don't push it).

                          Well....I know they wouldn't use it in Jocko's!
                           
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                            Scarlett

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                            Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Sat, 03/12/11 3:53 PM (permalink)
                            I love food art - I can't wait to try it.
                             
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                              sk bob

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                              Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Sat, 03/12/11 10:00 PM (permalink)
                              great looking steak & potatos,ED.
                              I've been mulling over trying the coffee rub since I've heard about it a while ago.
                              the wife doesn't like coffee but loves the smell of it.
                              I think I'll try it without telling her. surprise surprise..
                               
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                                agnesrob

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                                Re:Coffee and Steaks---it's not just for breakfast anymore Sun, 03/13/11 7:05 AM (permalink)
                                Beautiful dinner Ed! That's it steak for dinner tonight done on my grill!!
                                 
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