Recipe: Coffee & Cocoa Steak

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Although I love experimenting with stir fry dishes in the kitchen, sometimes I like to keep it simple and prepare a delicious meal that’s also really quick! This cocoa and coffee steak recipe is just that. And as a bonus, you probably already have most of the ingredients you need to make it: salt, black pepper, ground coffee, baking cocoa, and thick slices of steak (I like to use prime rib for this, but you can really use any type of steak you want). You’ll also need a broiler pan (shown below).

Cocoa-Crusted BeefPreparation Steps
~ Preheat the broiler.
~ In a large bowl, mix half a cup of ground coffee with half a cup of baking cocoa. Depending upon how much steak you have, this might be too much or too little. You can always start with a quarter cup of each and then add more if necessary. I like an even mixture of coffee and cocoa, but if you prefer one flavor over the other, I’d encourage experimenting with the amounts of each that you mix in. I’ve even made this with ground blackberry creme coffee!
~ Cut the steak into small, thick filets and lay them out on a cutting board.
~ Sprinkle salt and pepper over the filets, flip them over, and sprinkle salt and pepper on the other side.
~ Dunk the steak filets one at a time into the coffee/coca mixture and make sure it is completely coated.
~ Arrange on broiler pan.

Cooking Steps
~ Pop the broiler pan into the broiler.
~ Cook for 7 minutes on each side or until steak reaches desired level (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should be at 145°; for medium, it should be at 160°; and for well done it should be at 170°).
~ Serve. I’d recommend a simple salad or some herb-roasted potatoes on the side.

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