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12 Ways To Cook With Coffee That You Probably Haven't Tried Yet

Because coffee should be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.

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1. Perk up your greens with a flavorful coffee vinaigrette.

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Sherry vinegar, instant espresso, honey, and olive oil create a peppy dressing that wakes up any tired salad. Get the recipe here.

2. Make a flavorful (and caffeinated) rub with it.

A rub of ground coffee, paprika, cumin, herbs, chili, and garlic is great for adding a caramelized crust to any grilled meat. Get the recipe here.

3. Turn it into a butter and slather it on everything...

Spread it on biscuits, or melt it over steak for an unexpected pop of flavor. Get the recipe here.

4. Or you could turn it into a jelly.

This unexpected jelly is great for topping toasts or glazing roasted ham (think red-eye gravy). Get the recipe here.

5. Make coffee-spiked waffles to kickstart your morning.

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These waffles get a flavorful boost from instant espresso powder. Top them with the coffee jelly from above and you'll be ready to take on the world! Get the recipe here.

6. Make bacon infinitely better.

Because bacon coated in a sticky glaze of espresso and maple syrup beats regular bacon any day. Get the recipe here.

7. Blacken fish with it.

Coating fish in spices and blackening them on the grill is a great way to add a ton of flavor. This coffee-based blackening seasoning is great for steaks, chicken, and shrimp. Get the recipe here.

8. Use it as a mixer in your cocktails.

Coffee is a go-to mixer for many classic cocktails. This Dark Moon recipe uses both cold-brew and coffee liqueur for a double hit of flavor. Get the recipe here.

9. Spike your hot fudge with it.

Because we all know that chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven. Get the recipe here.

10. Turn it into gravy for a southern-style breakfast.

Ham drippings and coffee might sound like a weird combination, but this classic gravy is a delicious way to start your day. Get the recipe here.

11. Add some brew to your barbecue with an unexpected marinade.

Using coffee as a marinade is a simple way to add a rich depth of flavor to any cut of meat. Get the recipe here.

12. Turn leftover cold brew into a delicious dessert.

This pie packs serious flavor with cold brew AND coffee extract. You can find coffee extract at specialty food stores, or online. Get the recipe here.

Need a pick-me-up? Grab a bag of coffee and get cooking!