Coffee and Cooking: Amish Pot Roast

While coffee is probably one of the most common beverages in our world, presumably being consumed by millions of people every morning, coffee can play more roles than that of a beverage. In fact, coffee is often used as an ingredient in baking and cooking.

One recipe including coffee as an ingredient that has made the rounds on the internet is one called “Amish Pot Roast”. While you are sure to find many variations on this recipe if you search, the recipe found below is standard recipe based on Google’s top hits for “Amish Pot Roast”. It is straight forward and sure to become a family favorite. Especially for anyone who is a “meat and potatoes” person.

Ingredients
• 3-4 lb. beef roast (rump)
• 1 tbsp. oil
• ¼ c. soy sauce
• 1 c. coffee
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 garlic clove minced
• ½ tsp. oregano
• 2 onions, sliced

Instructions
1. Sear roast in 1 tablespoon oil on all sides in heavy Dutch oven.
2. Pour sauce over meat.
3. Put half of onions on meat, the other half in sauce.
4. Cover and roast 4-5 hours at 325 degrees.

Experiment with the amount of coffee. Some recipes call for instant coffee rather than regular grounds. Many people elect to include carrots and potatoes to the recipe so you’ve got a “one pot meal”. You can add these veggies straight to the pan with the roast, though 4-5 hours is a long time for carrots and potatoes. You can also substitute a round or tip roast if you prefer – with the price of beef these days you may want to buy whatever is on sale. Remember that in cooking spices are all “to taste”. If you want a bit more garlic or want to leave out the Bay leaves, go for it! Make the recipe your own.

Cooking with Coffee

Ever consider making a dry rub with finely ground coffee. Mix in your favorite spices, maybe some chili powder, some sugar, salt, and pepper. Simply sprinkle over the steaks and pat it in. Let rest at room temp for about half an hour. Either broil or grill the steak 4-6 minutes each side for medium-rare (or preferred doneness).

Here are some suggested amounts:
3 TB finely ground coffee
1 TB chili powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper

If you have a favorite ingredient, you can add it as well or substitute any of the above for your favorite (just leave in the coffee!)

Have you coffee and eat it too …

Jody Victor‘s crew found a website (food52.com) that has regular contests featured a contest “Your Best Recipe with Coffee.” Adding coffee to just about any meal, they had entries that looked mouth-watering. Imagine a roast beef rubbed with coffee and cocoa, or coffee noodles with a poached egg and bacon coffee compote. Besides the many desserts, there were many entrees incorporating coffee in them.

Check it out:

https://food52.com/contests/235-your-best-recipe-with-coffee

Hankering for a warm dessert?

Here is a standby recipe for a warm mocha pudding cake dessert that the Victor crew just loves in the winter. It is very easy recipe that is done in the pan so there isn’t much clean up either! Bonus!

Mocha Pudding Cake

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa, divided
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanila extract
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups boiling strongly brewed coffee
Whipped cream or ice cream

Procedure:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, granulated sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa, baking powder, and salt in 9-inch square pan. Add milk, oil, and vanilla and whisk until smooth. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. sprinkle over the batter. pour the coffee over all. Don’t stir!

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake part comes out clean. Cool for five minutes. Spoon out into a bowl and top with whipped cream or ice cream.
Makes 9 servings. (270 calories, 4.1 grams fat, 2.8 grams protein, 55.2 grams carbohydrate)

Thai Iced Tea Float by HonestlyYUM looks just that!

HonestlyYUM has what looks like a most delicious spin on a root beer float. This float is made with Chai tea and homemade condensed milk ice cream. Check out this link to get the full recipe beautifully illustrated with color pictures of the process for making the Chai tea and ice cream.

HonestlyYUM Chai Iced Tea

~ Jody Victor