It may sound a little odd, but coffee adds a wonderful deep savoury flavour to sauces. Coffee beans develop their rich, complex flavours and aromas through a long fermentation, drying and roasting process that can be used in many different ways. Try using instant coffee in sauces and dry rubs for something a little different.
1 small sweet potato, washed and cut into 2cm cubes
1 green capsicum, core removed, cut into 2cm dice
½ red onion, peeled, cut into 2cm dice
1 teaspoon instant coffee
2 tablespoon BBQ sauce
2 pork chops
Crumble feta to serve (optional)
- Cover sweet potato in a pot with water and bring to the boil, cook for 5-6 minutes or until just tender. Drain and set aside.
- Heat a fry pan with a drizzle of oil over medium high heat. Cook pork for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through, remove and keep warm.
- Return the same pan to the heat, add vegetables including sweet potato and season well with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing regularly for 5 minutes or until onion has softened and sweet potato is browned on all sides.
- Divide vegetables between plates, return pork to the pan over medium heat with sauce to glaze before serving., scatter with feta.
- Finely ground coffee can be used however, it will not dissolve as instant granules will.
- Adding the sauce at the end of the cooking as a glaze prevent it from burning before the pork cooks through
- White potatoes can be used in place of sweet potato
- Red, yellow or orange capsicum (peppers) can be used in place of green
- Chicken breast can be substituted in place of pork