10 Surprising Things to Do with Coffee

Coffee makes the world go 'round -- but it doesn't have to be limited to a drink! Go way beyond the coffee mug and opt for one of these coffee-infused dishes. Whether you like coffee with bold flavor or mild undertones, everyone could use a little java in their day.

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    Coffee, Reconsidered

    Be your own barista with a collection of caffeinated ways to perk up your whole day. Your morning cup of Joe is only part of the story.

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    #1: Add to Saucy Sandwiches

    This sandwich is made memorable by a strong cup of joe. Simmering the coffee with ketchup and Worcestershire sauce adds a unique kick to the beef-and-cheese ensemble. Hollow out your bread for a makeshift bowl so you won't miss a single drop of this worth-the-mess meal. 

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    #2: Energize a Smoothie

    Your blender will be brimming with nutrient-packed fruits and veggies, but all you'll taste is a sweet, chocolaty smoothie laced with delightful hints of almond and coffee. This energizing drink is good for grabbing on the go.

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    #3: Pour over Cabbage

    Here's a healthy side dish that just might steal the show. The scrumptious recipe utilizes bold coffee, salty bacon, and sugary molasses. Mmmm ... maybe you can skip the main dish.

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    #4: Caffeinate a Roast

    Coffee is just one flavor in this bounty of beef, vegetables, and seasonings. The slow-cooked aroma will compete with your coffeepot for your favorite kitchen smell.

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    #5: Spike Syrup

    OK, we cheated just a little here: The java in this recipe isn't the drip from your brewer; it's a splash from your liquor cabinet. Coffee liqueur-infused syrup adds bitter undertones that balance this rich brunch option.

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    #6: Braise Pot Roast

    This isn't your average pot roast recipe. Switch out regular potatoes for sweet potatoes, and add 1 tablespoon of instant espresso to the broth to make a pot roast your family won't soon forget.

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    #7: Poach Pears

    Try a perfectly sweet pear as an indulgent side dish or dessert. A cup of coffee, sprinkle of cocoa, and splash of coconut milk make these juicy pears light yet sumptuous. Add to the affair with flecks of toasted coconut or grated chocolate.

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    #8: Knead into Burgers

    Between bold coffee, hints of horseradish, and hot pepper sauce, this burger packs punches while retaining a sophisticated taste. Still not sold? Crisp pickle slices and fried shallots add oh-so-satisfying crunch.

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    #9: Marinate Steak

    Hearty slices of steak love to soak up a rich cup of coffee. Complement the bitter coffee flavor with fresh corn relish and cilantro for a wholesome, flavorful meal.

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    #10: Sprinkle over Snacks

    Indulge in a caramel-chocolate mix with a coffee kick. A sprinkle of instant espresso coffee powder might not do much to wake you up, but what it lacks in caffeine it makes up in rich flavor.

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    Bonus Recipe: Add Grounds to Jamaican Jerk

    It's hard to compete with the herbs and spices that make up Jamaican jerk seasoning, but 2 teaspoons of ground coffee make a fine effort. Adding robust coffee gives depth of flavor without detracting from the tropical heat.

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    Lattes That Will Make You Forget About Those Red Cups

    These lattes and coffee drinks made easily at home will make you forget all about those controversial red cups! The winter season can be celebrated however you please with these simple and delicious coffee delights that anyone can make and everyone will love!
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