Trusted ally in the process of waking up, or small end of meal ritual, coffee is an integral part of daily life thanks to its versatility. Excellent as a drink, it can also be used in surprisingly tasty ways as an ingredient in cooking imaginative and refined savory combinations, particularly in partnership with white meats and fish. But what is the best way to use coffee in cooking and indulge your imagination at the stove? We will be finding out together by going on a taste journey through a selection of unusual and refined savory recipes. Seeing is believing.
Coffee in cooking: a few rules to start with
Using coffee in savory recipes can bring very pleasing outcomes especially when you try out new combinations, but to ensure good results it is important to keep in mind a few simple rules.
For example, in order to make the various preparation phases of the recipes easier it can be useful to re-grind the coffee powder, so as to make it finer.
Another very important aspect concerns the harmonization between the coffee and the foods you want to combine it with: as a general rule, for more robust flavors such as game or red meats, the ideal combination would be with a dark roasted coffee, which has a more intense flavor, whereas for fish and first courses a coffee blend with a lighter roasting is recommended.
Coffee throughout the meal
Once you have learnt the basic rules for using coffee as a secret cooking ingredient, you can let your imagination run wild, creating and trying out personal, exclusive ideas to wow your guests. To take the first steps in the sophisticated world of coffee dishes, we recommend these four traditional recipes which marry perfectly with the strong, robust flavor of the drink: from the dressing for the linguine to the dough of the tagliatelle, via chicken and shellfish, without neglecting the inevitable appetizer.
Bacon gratin with coffee
Bread for bruschetta
Sweet Tropea onions
With these simple ingredients, it is possible to prepare an impressive starter: just place two slices of bacon on the crusty bread, dust with the ground coffee and garnish with Tropea onions.
Linguine with coffee sauce
Ingredients for 4 people
11.29 oz of linguine
2 spoons of cream cheese
1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1 tall espresso coffee (you can choose a delicate blend from those suggested by Filicori Zecchini)
6.76 fl oz of milk
1 handful of pistachios
Salt and pepper
1. Cook the pasta. While you are waiting for the pasta, in a saucepan heat the milk and the cream cheese. When the mixture is well blended, add the coffee. After a few minutes, remove from the heat.
2. Drain the pasta and stir in the pan with the mixture of coffee and cream. Add the pistachios, Parmesan and pepper and stir well.
3. After letting the sauce thicken for a few minutes, the linguine will be ready to serve.
Tagliatelle with coffee
8.82 oz of flour
1 fl oz of olive oil
3 shots of espresso
8.82 oz of cream
1.76 oz of butter
1. Prepare the dough for the tagliatelle: the method is the traditional one, forming a fountain of flour on the work surface. Add the eggs, salt and oil working them into the mixture using a fork. Use your hands to knead the mix adding the coffee a little at a time. When the pastry reaches an elastic consistency, it is ready to be cut.
2. While the tagliatelle are cooking in boiling salted water, you can proceed with the preparation of the sauce. To do this simply melt the butter in a saucepan and add the cream.
3. Once you have drained the tagliatelle, you simply need to incorporate the sauce, cover with chopped chives and serve.
Chicken marinated in coffee
8.82 oz of chicken
5 shots of espresso
Celery, carrot and onion to sauté
Salt and pepper to taste
1. First of all, prepare the marinade by adding the pink peppercorns to the coffee. If you prefer a slightly more spicy flavor you can also add cardamom and cinnamon.
2. Cut the chicken up into bite-size pieces and leave them to marinade in the coffee overnight.
3. Dry off the chicken pieces and cook in a saucepan with some oil, taking care to brown the pieces evenly on all sides.
4. Filter the marinade using a sieve and put to one side.
5. Prepare the base for your dish by chopping and sautéing the celery, carrot and onion, then add the chicken and gradually add in the vegetable stock and milk. Leave to cook for around 20 minutes.
6. Add the marinade and a pinch of salt.
7. Serve with sesame seeds and pink peppercorns.
Shrimp with coffee
15.8 oz of shrimp tails
Half a teaspoon of coffee powder
1 clove of garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1. Peel the shrimp tails, leaving on the end tail fins.
2. Remove the dark gut of the shrimp using a toothpick.
3. In a pan lightly brown the garlic and add the shrimp tails, dusting lightly with the coffee powder and sautéing on a high flame for about a minute.
4. Remove from the heat, take out the garlic pieces and add salt and pepper to taste.
Chocolate cake with coffee
Having given you some mouth-watering ideas for savory recipes using coffee, we would like to round off our selection with a classic: the dessert. Italian traditional cooking offers a wide variety of ways to use this well-loved drink in desserts of all types. Those who love tarts can try their hand with the two tasty recipes suggested in the blog, or they can try this Chocolate cake with coffee. Let’s see how it is prepared.
7.05 oz of Filicori Zecchini dark chocolate
5.29 oz of sugar
3.53 oz of butter
2.12 oz of flour for desserts
1 fl oz of espresso
3 medium eggs
1. Prepare the coffee.
2. For the mixture, chop up the dark chocolate and melt it in a bain-marie.
3. Cut the butter up into pieces and add it a little at a time to the melted chocolate while it is still over the heat. When the butter has melted, remove the mix from the heat and leave to cool.
4. Separate the egg yolks from the whites and then beat the yolks together with half of the sugar.
5. When the mixture has become frothy, blend in the chocolate using a whisk or food blender. Add the coffee and the sieved flour.
6. In another bowl beat the egg whites until stiff and add a pinch of salt. Then, using a wooden spoon, add all of this to the chocolate, egg and sugar mixture.
7. Pour the mixture into a 9-10 inch lined cake tin and put into a pre-heated oven at 356°F oven to bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
8. Once it has finished cooking, switch off the oven and leave the cake in there to cool, then transfer to a serving plate.
With this mouth-watering recipe we bring our review to a close. Have you decided how to use your imagination and coffee in your cooking? To help you make your recipes take a look at the various different blends available in our shop online!