Cooking With Coffee: How to Host a Coffee-Inspired Dinner Party

Cooking With CoffeeWho says coffee is only for drinking? There are plenty of ways to make this liquid gold the starring ingredient of your meal. We’ve recently tried a bunch of cooking with coffee recipes to put together this full dinner menu—guaranteed to please the coffee lovers in your crew.

The Menu

Arugula Salad with Coffee Vinaigrette

Chicken (or steak, pork chops, or tofu) marinated in coffee

Chewy Irish-Coffee Blondies

The Recipes

  • Top a simple salad of arugula, cherry tomatoes, and toasted walnuts with this coffee vinaigrette for a subtle touch of joe.
  • Use this morning’s leftover coffee to create a marinade that will keep the buzz going throughout the rest of the evening. This coffee marinade can be used on chicken, steak, pork chops, or tofu. Just make sure you have at least two hours – and up to 24 hours – to marinade the meat or tofu.
  • You’ll knock your guest’s socks off when you finish the meal with Martha Stewart’s Chewy Irish-Coffee Blondies. These delish bars are the ultimate balance of Irish whiskey and coffee, making them the perfect way to end the night.

Of course it wouldn’t be a dinner party without some appropriate drinks. Pair the meal with a robust red wine – obviously look for something with hints of coffee – and finish it all off with a fresh pot of brewed coffee.

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