During Memorial Day weekend when we were at the Chuck wagon Gathering, I picked up a free booklet with some chuck wagon recipes contributed by the exhibitors. Of course I don't have a Dutch oven or any place outside to set a hot bed of coals to cook over but I was able to adapt Kim and Bob's Hot Coffee Steak (Running M Ranch, El Reno, OK) for my oven. Hmmm, coffee and steak? It turned out surprisingly well!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix a tablespoon each of salt, pepper and fresh coffee grounds.
Coat steaks well on all sides with the coffee ground mixture.
Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet and sear steaks on all sides.
Place steak in a casserole dish and pour hot coffee to cover the bottom, covering about half of the steaks. Place in oven until cooked to desired doneness. I believe for medium well ours cooked for about 25 minutes, maybe a bit longer.
Yum...and VERY tender.
In case you do have a Dutch oven handy, here's the original recipe.
Ingredients; Rib eye steak, fresh ground coffee, pepper, salt, chopped jalapenos, lard, hot coffee
Coat steaks well with mixture of fresh ground coffee, pepper, salt and chopped jalapenos. Melt 2-3 Tbs. of lard or shortening in Dutch oven over hot coals. Add steak and sear on all sides. Remove half of the coals to use on top of lid. Pour in enough hot coffee to cover bottom of oven. Put on lid and add coals to top. Add hot coffee as needed. Cook to preferred doneness (5-10 minutes for medium rare). Let stand five minutes before serving.
Have you ever cooked over hot coals with a Dutch oven? I wouldn't mind trying it sometime!