November 12, 2012 • 09:09:17 a.m.

Sunday Supper: Instant coffee adds java jolt to steak

By AP Food Editor J.M. HIRSCH (AP)

Bourbon java steak tips (P Photo/Matthew Mead)

Most of us have to be suffering from a pretty mind-blowing caffeine withdrawal migraine before we’ll reach for instant coffee. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy some, because while instant coffee makes a generally lousy cup of java, it can do astounding things for your cooking.

While instant coffee may not do wonders in your morning mug, it can effortlessly add tons of depth and flavor at the dinner table. That’s because coffee – even the instant variety – packs one of the most complex flavor profiles of any food, an amazing balance of acidity, bitterness, sweetness and earthy notes.

While tasty on their own – or with cream and sugar – those flavors also can heighten the impact of other ingredients in a dish much the way salt does.

Bourbon Java Steak Tips

Start to finish: 30 minutes active
(plus marinating)

Servings: 4

1 cup bourbon

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup instant coffee granules

1/4 cup soy sauce

4 cloves garlic

1-inch chunk fresh ginger

2 pounds sirloin steak tips

3 large yellow onions, chopped

In a blender, combine the bourbon, brown sugar, coffee granules, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Puree until smooth, then transfer to a large zip-close plastic bag. Add the steak tips to the bag, close the bag, then turn to coat the meat with the marinade. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

When ready, heat the broiler with an oven rack 6 inches from the heat.

Remove the steaks tips from the bag. Add the onions to the bag, close, then turn to coat. Transfer the onions and the marinade to a large roasting pan.

Set the onions under the broiler and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, set the steak tips over the onions, then return to the broiler.

Broil for 5 to 6 minutes, then turn the tips and broil for another 5 to 6 minutes. Let the meat rest for several minutes, then serve with onions spooned over them.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 730 calories; 200 calories from fat (27 percent of total calories); 22 g fat (8 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 165 mg cholesterol; 42 g carbohydrate; 50 g protein; 2 g fiber; 1,450 mg sodium.


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