In honor of that brave Irish spirit, we give you a recipe with spirit. A wonderful dish for St. Patrick’s Day…or any day!
~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
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Irish Whiskey Steak
Inspired by the ingredients of Irish coffee, my husband and I married whiskey and java in this recipe for an outrageously delicious marinade.
The coffee accents the earthiness of the beef, which stands in contrast to the spirited brightness of the whiskey. The combination creates the kind of complexity that gives beautiful flavor, a finish so good you won’t need steak sauce, just a thick slice of bread to sop up every bit of those sizzling steak juices on your plate...
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Irish Whiskey Steak
Makes 2 servings
1/3 cup Irish whiskey (we like Jameson)
1/4 cup freshly brewed (and cooled) coffee or espresso
4 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 T-bone, rib-eye, or shell steaks (2–3 pounds total)
(1) Whisk together the whiskey, coffee, oil, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper and pour into a shallow dish or pan that is large enough to hold 2 steaks flat (single layer, no overlapping).
(2) Cover the dish, pan, or container with plastic wrap, and marinate the meat for 1 hour in the refrigerator, then flip and marinate for a second hour. During the last 20 minutes, remove the steak from the refrigerator and allow the meat to reach room temperature.
(3) Sauté the steaks over medium-high heat in a heavy or cast-iron skillet or on a stovetop grill pan (that's what you see in my photos). Cook 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or 7–8 minutes per side for medium-well. You can also broil or grill them on an outdoor gas or charcoal grill.
NOTE: If your steak is on the thick side, see "Cleo's Quick Kitchen Hack" below for a restaurant technique on finishing it...
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Prize #1 - Irish Blessing Mug
While we can't give you a bottle of Irish whiskey, we can give you this beautiful bone china "Irish Blessing" coffee mug designed in Galway with Celtic symbols and the words of the old Irish blessing...
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand..."
A Coffeehouse Mystery
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Prizes #2 and #3
We’re also giving away a set of our autographed glossy recipe cards as well as an autographed copy of Roast Mortem, our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery, which pays tribute to New York’s firefighters, generations of whom have been proud descendants of Irish immigrants.
The story follows our amateur sleuth Clare, a middle-aged single mother and coffeehouse manager, who barely gets out of a burning cafe alive. The fire turns out to be arson, set by someone who appears to be targeting the city's cafes.
Looking for clues to the culprit, Clare ends up befriending members of a local firehouse. And when some of these men begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare can see there’s more to this case than simple arson and fears more than New York’s Bravest will end up burned...
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of the book's recipes.
In the course of this mystery, Clare not only exchanges clues with the firefighters, she swaps some great recipes.
The result is a culinary mystery with delicious spins on firehouse favorites. May you read (and eat) with joy!
with a realistic crime novel any better
than Cleo Coyle. . . . a winner."
~ Lesa Holstine,
reviewer to Library Journal and
Mystery Readers Journal