How do you take your coffee?
~We like ours pretty strong, especially if it’s flavored coffee.
How do you brew your coffee?
~We’re still using a coffee maker. I haven’t jumped on the Keurig ban wagon yet. It just seems like a waste, making one cup at a time. And, have you seen the prices of the k cups? ridiculous!
One of my flusters with using a coffee maker is I always get a little jittery before I finish the pot, so I end up with leftovers. A couple of months ago, to bust that fluster I came up with a list of 31 Unique Uses for Coffee and not one drop of coffee has gone to waste since.
Creating that list made me think of ways that I could use the leftover coffee in my cooking. Since I would normally just throw out the leftovers, it’s considered a FREE ingredient, which could be used to create a Feed 4 for 5 meal.
One of our local stores was having an awesome sale on whole fryer chickens this week, only $0.79 per pound. This was the perfect ingredient to try using my leftover coffee with.
I decide to make a brine, poultry loves to be brined.
With my leftover hazelnut coffee, some salt, sugar and a few complimentary spices I created a really aromatic brine.
It smelled amazing!
After I washed the bird I placed it in a gallon size freezer bag.
Once the brine cooled I poured it over the chicken, removed the excess air from the bag, sealed it and placed it in the refrigerator overnight.
*I’m going to try freezing one in the brine and see how that turns out. I’m sure it will be just as yummy.
The next day I removed the chicken from the brine, dried it off and roasted it.
While the chicken is beginning to roast, prepare your vegetables for roasting.
Lay the vegetables out, in a single layer, on a baking sheet. Then place in the oven with the chicken.
Serve the roasted Hazelnut Chicken with the roasted vegetables and biscuits and you’ll have a meal that feeds a family of 4 for only $3.97.
The hazelnut flavoring was amazing with the chicken, it’s now one of my favorite ways to serve chicken.
6 pound whole fryer chicken, washed and dried ($2.37)
1/3 cup salt (free)
3 tablespoons sugar ($0.03)
½ teaspoons crushed red pepper ($0.02)
3 cloves garlic, minced ($0.06)
1 teaspoon ginger, grated ($0.03)
1 cinnamon stick ($0.10)
2 cups hazelnut coffee, strong brewed (free)
2 cups water
4 medium potatoes, cut in ½ -inch chunks ($0.28)
5 large carrots, cut in ½ -inch chunks ($0.30)
1 medium onion, cut in eighths ($0.08)
2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.04)
3 tablespoons olive oil ($0.30)
Salt and pepper
In a saucepan, combine salt, sugar, red pepper, 3 cloves of
garlic, ginger, cinnamon, coffee and water. Boil until the salt and sugar have
dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
Place the chicken in a gallon size freezer bag and add the
cooled coffee brine. Remove air and seal bag. Refrigerate and let marinate for
at least 4 hours.
Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Remove chicken from brine, pat dry and place in a roasting pan.
Discard leftover brine.
Cook the chicken for 15 minutes at 425 degrees on the middle
In a large bowl, toss potatoes, carrots, onions and 2 cloves
garlic in olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper.
Arrange the potatoes and carrots in a single layer on a baking
Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and place the
potatoes and carrots on the bottom rack of the oven.
Cook the chicken and potatoes for 45-minutes to an hour
(internal temperature of chicken should be 165 degrees).
Biscuits according to directions.
let it sit for 15-20 minutes before carving.
vegetables and continue baking for 15 minutes.
oven and cook for 12-15 minutes.
vegetables and biscuits.
- Chicken – ($0.79 per pound) purchased on sale. You’ll only use 1/2 of the chicken for this meal. The other half can be refrigerated or frozen for another meal. Save the carcass, it’s great for soups.
- Sugar – (4 pounds for $1.79) purchased from a discount grocery store. *Buying in larger quantities lowers the cost even more.
- Crushed Red Pepper – (1.79 ounces for $1.00) purchased for the Dollar Tree.
- Garlic – (1 head for $0.49) purchased from chain grocery store.
- Ginger – (1 pound for $3.99) purchased from chain grocery store.
- Cinnamon – (4 ounces for $1.59) purchased from a wholesale store.
- Hazelnut Coffee – (free) I used the leftovers from our morning coffee.
- Potatoes – (10 pounds for $1.99) purchased from a discount grocery store. 1 pound of potatoes yields about 3 medium sized potatoes.
- Carrots – (1 pound for $0.50) purchased from a discount grocery store, on sale. 1 pound of carrots yields about 6-8 medium sized carrots.
- Onions – (3 pounds for $0.99) purchase from a discount grocery store. 1 pound of onions yields about 3-4 medium onions.
- Olive Oil – (12 ounces for $2.39) purchase from a discount grocery store.
Use your leftover chicken to make: