Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cooking with Smart & Final's New Coffee line: Ambiance

Coffee Marinated Sirloin Steak

I'm trying a new coffee brand from Smart & Final, Ambiance, that is being released to the public this January.  One of their new flavors I'm trying is French Roast.  It is a dark roast coffee which really isn't my thing but my husband likes it.  He travels often so I needed to find another way to use this coffee.  I didn't want the coffee to go stale so I decided to try a new recipe that uses brewed coffee in a marinade. Here's the  recipe I'm trying: Coffee Marinated Sirloin Steak, where the marinade adds creaminess to the steak.  An added bonus – the coffee’s acidity tenderizes the meat as well.

 I'm trying it tomorrow night.  Since I work during the day, I plan to make the marinade tonight and have my husband add the steak in the afternoon.  When I looked through the ingredient list, I was pleasantly surprised because the ingredients (except for the steak)  can be found in most households so this would also make a great cost-saving recipe!  The only ingredient that you may not have on hand is fresh ginger.  When I was running errands today, I stopped at the grocery store and purchased it.  Ginger is very inexpensive, the cost for two inches was just 33 cents!

I have been looking for recipes using coffee and the site where I found this recipe is:  The recipe was originally posted in The Canadian Press.

So, without further chatter from me, here's the recipe:

 Coffee Marinated Sirloin
Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours (20 minutes active)

Servings: 4

1 1/2 cups cold coffee
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons honey
1/2-inch chunk fresh
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Four 8-ounce bottom sirloin steaks (or other tender, broiler-friendly cut)
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

In a blender or food processor, combine the coffee, pepper flakes, peanut butter, honey and ginger. Puree until smooth, then taste and season with salt and pepper.
Pour half of the marinade in a baking dish. Set the steaks in the baking dish, then pour the remaining marinade over them. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

When ready to cook, preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the steak, in batches if necessary, and sear until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Transfer the steaks to the prepared baking sheet. For medium-rare, broil for 7 to 8 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted at the thickest part of the steak reads 135 F.
Let the steaks rest for 10 minutes before serving.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Im a vegetarian but I can suggest this recipe to other meat lovers! :)

Jodi Rall