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Coffee — the secret ingredient in roasted pork recipe

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In this image taken on Jan. 28, 2013, cherry-topped coffee-roasted pork tenderloin is shown served on a platter in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo: Matthew Mead)

By J.M. HIRSCH

Associated Press

First published Feb 20 2013 01:01AM
Updated Feb 20, 2013 10:23AM

Coffee has become my new favorite ingredient when roasting meat.

It’s an effortless way to add gobs of flavor to whatever I am making. All I do is add whole coffee beans to whatever spice blend I am using as a wet or dry rub, then grind it to a powder and apply to the meat. The coffee provides deep, rich flavors with just a hint of acid. It’s a combination that works wonders for roasted meat.

I’ve tried the spice-coffee combination called for below on both beef and pork tenderloins; both were fantastic. You also could use it on chicken breasts or thighs for a "blackened" chicken.

The seasonings can be applied to the meat right before roasting. But if you have a little extra time, the flavor is even better if you rub the spices on the meat, then refrigerate it for several hours before roasting. And if you’d rather use these flavors in a wet rub, don’t hesitate to add a little olive or canola oil to the blend.

If you’re looking for a simple and speedy dinner, make the roasted pork tenderloin in this recipe and serve it as is with a side salad or some roasted vegetables. Or for something party-worthy (perhaps an Oscars viewing party), slice it, slap it on rounds of baguette, then top with a dollop of cherry jam. For the latter variation, the pork can be served warm or room temperature.

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