Next time you're about to toss a half-pot of leftover coffee down the drain, consider using it in your next dinner recipe. Yes, dinner. Cooking with coffee brings out rich, smoky, robust, and earthy flavors in savory dishes. Try some of our favorite main dish recipes enriched with coffee, and you'll never look at that morning cup the same way again.

1. Standing Roast Beef

This special-occasion roast is marinated in coffee for more than eight hours to add an earthy, smoky flavor, earning it a solid 5-start rating from Allrecipes reviewers.

2. Roast with Gravy

For this braised beef recipe, the meat is seared until browned, then cooked low and slow in brewed coffee until it's fork-tender.

Roast with Gravy | Photo by Meredith

3. Slow Cooker Barbequed Pork for Sandwiches

Boneless pork roast, strong coffee, beef broth, and a shot of whiskey mingle together for a few hours in your slow cooker. Magic ensues.

Slow Cooker Barbequed Pork for Sandwiches | Photo by naples34102

4. Washabinaros Chili

This top-rated chili gets its kick from coffee, beer, chili peppers, and wasabi.

Washabinaros Chili | Photo by Meredith

5. Gabe's Coffee-Crusted Hanger Steak with Apple, Fennel, and Herb Salad

This coffee + spice rub enhances the flavor of steak, pork, and chicken. Here, it's used on a grilled hanger steak that's served up with a crisp, colorful salad.

Gabe's Coffee-Crusted Hanger Steak with Apple, Fennel, and Herb Salad | Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

Can't get enough coffee? Neither can we:

• Check out this article on Desserts for Coffee Lovers, just for you.

• And a bonus of cooking with coffee besides the caffeine buzz? In small doses, coffee is actually good for you. It is chock-full of antioxidants, and has been shown to boost memory and metabolism. Plus, there's no denying that delicious taste.

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