It’s hard to believe that autumn will be here soon – although, to be fair, the way the weather has been in the UK recently, it feels like it already is! I do love autumn though, and look forward to those warming comfort dishes that make an appearance at this time of year. I can’t wait to try out this interesting recipe that I have to share with you today, courtesy of Lyons Coffee.
As the weather cools off, why not try this comforting dish that the whole family will enjoy? A twist on a traditional Mexican chipotle pork, the addition of coffee fuses perfectly with the marinade and creates a subtle, unique flavour.
Pork in Coffee-Chipotle Marinade with Vegetable Rice
A chipotle (chi-POHT-lay), or chilpotle, which comes from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli (meaning “smoked chili”), is a smoke-dried jalapeño. It is a chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Mexican-American, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern dishes.
A chipotle’s heat is similar to that of the Espelette pepper, jalapeño, Guajillo chili, Hungarian wax pepper, Anaheim pepper, and Tabasco sauce. – Wikipedia
This recipe uses chipotle paste which can be found in most supermarkets these days – try the World Foods, or the Herbs & Spices aisles. It also uses Lyons Coffee Bags which I was recently sent to try out. So far we’ve only used them for a regular cup of joe – and it is good coffee. It reminds me of the coffee we drink on holiday in Florida!
I’ve used coffee in sweet dishes (coffee and walnut cake is my husband’s favourite!) but not thought to use coffee in a savoury recipe before. But then, it does makes sense to me to use coffee in a Mexican dish, to enrich and compliment the flavours – much like how the Mexicans use chocolate in chilli con carne.
We love Mexican and Tex-Mex food in this house, so I’ve actually got everything in the store cupboard for this recipe – just need to buy the pork and I’m good to go!
- 1 large pork fillet (approx 550g), cut in half
For the pork marinade
- 2 Lyons Coffee Bags No3
- 100ml boiling water
- 1-2 tbsp chipotle paste from jar
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 clove of finely chopped garlic
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
For the vegetable rice
- 1 tsp vegetable or light olive oil
- ½ chopped red onion
- 1 diced pepper
- 1 diced large tomato
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- Pinch of turmeric
- 250g long grain rice
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 450ml boiling water
- 2-3 tbsp sweetcorn
- Few sprigs of fresh, chopped parsley
- Steamed green vegetables to accompany
- Pour 100ml boiling water into a measuring jug, add the Lyons Coffee Bags, stir and squeeze them, then leave to brew for four minutes.
- Place the pork fillet, the coffee and the marinade ingredients into a large, sealable plastic bag, or a dish with a lid. You can leave the Lyons Coffee Bags in for extra flavour. Seal the bag or dish and place in the fridge for at least four hours.
- Preheat the oven to 190ºC/170ºC fan/Gas 5.
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan with a drop of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
- Remove the pork from the bag or container (keep the marinade in the fridge for later) and place into the hot pan. Sear the meat, using tongs to turn until it’s brown all over. This will only take a minute or two.
- Transfer the meat to a roasting tin and pour over a spoonful of the marinade, then cover with foil and roast for 25 minutes.
- Whilst this is cooking, you can prepare the rice. In a large frying pan or sauté pan with a lid, fry the onion in the oil for 3-4 minutes, then add the pepper, tomato, oregano and turmeric. Cook for another minute or two.
- Add the rice and stir, then pour the hot stock and two spoonfuls of the marinade over the rice. Discard the rest of the marinade. Reduce the heat to minimum and place the lid onto the pan (or a double layer of foil) and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the sweetcorn and season then replace the lid. Turn off the heat and leave for 5-10 minutes to absorb the rest of the liquid.
- Check whether the pork is cooked – if not, return to the oven for a further 5 minutes, then remove and leave to rest for 5 minutes, keeping it covered.
- Transfer the rice to a large serving dish. Slice the pork and arrange over the rice then scatter with the parsley.
- Serve with steamed green vegetables.
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Lyons Coffee Bags are perfect for on the go. Quick and easy to use, the individually foil wrapped Coffee Bags contain 100% fresh, ground coffee and can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Simply add freshly boiled water and brew for three-four minutes to taste. More information available at lyonscoffeeuk.com
Lyons Coffee Bags are priced at £2.60 for a box and available to buy at Tesco, Ocado, Nisa, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
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