Coffee Encrusted Steak
Damn. It went fast, but I think it was a big hit. It is a fairly simple recipe. I made a dry rub with ground coffee. Any coffee will do. I used a fairly dark, fine grind Vietnamese coffee. I mixed the coffee with ground cashews, a little sugar, salt and pepper.
Turn on your oven to 400 degrees.
The next thing I did was dry off the steak with some paper towels. This is really important because you want to sear the steak- not steam it. I then added some sunflower oil to a pan and got it smoking hot.
I put the steaks into the coffee mixture and patted it on until it adhered. In retrospect, I would recommend you only put the coffee rub on the sides and on one side of the steak. A little flour on the other side would seal in the flavor.
Put the steaks in the pan with the coffee side first until you get a nice sear- this takes 1 or 2 minutes. Then flip the steaks and throw them into the oven for 10 minutes or until done to your preferred doneness.
Be sure to take the steaks out of the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes or so before serving.