CANTON, Mass. (December 9, 2005) - In an effort to bring holiday cheer to Dunkin' Donuts customers, Dunkin' Brands Executive Chef Stan Frankenthaler has developed six wonderful holiday dishes including coffee as a key ingredient. Stan developed these unique culinary creations specifically for the colder months during the holiday season.

"Coffee can be enjoyed in more ways then a beverage, and the flavor of coffee pairs wonderfully with many classic holiday dishes. Being that the holidays are around the corner we wanted to give our loyal customers some creative ways to add another dimension to their holiday gatherings and festivities," said Dunkin' Brands Executive Chef Stan Frankenthaler.

Stan has crafted six delicious recipes that can be served together as a full meal or alone as a singular dish:


Espresso with Warmed Eggnog

For an 8-oz serving (1 mug)

3/4 cup Golden Eggnog
1/4 cup minus 1 tablespoon Dunkin' Donuts espresso (approximately 1 shot)
2 tablespoon spiced rum (optional)
Cinnamon (optional)

Heat eggnog in a microwave-safe container for about 1 minute. Add the shot of espresso and the warmed eggnog to your mug. If desired, add spiced rum. Stir and dust with cinnamon.

Scallops with Bacon, Baby Spinach with Warm Coffee and Balsamic Glaze

16 oz sea scallops
1 package bacon, sliced
3 tablespoon shallots, thin sliced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Dunkin' Donuts original blend coffee, brewed
2 cups baby spinach

Cut bacon strips in half, wrap scallop in bacon half and hold in place with toothpicks. Set aside.

Heat large skillet (medium heat). When hot add 1 tablespoon oil. Sear scallop and bacon in small batches till cooked thru, (about 5 min. per batch) -set cooked scallops aside on plate.

Remove pan from heat; discard all but 2 Tbsp of rendered oil. Add thin sliced shallots and stir. Add brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Add balsamic vinegar and coffee and stir. In a stainless steel mixing bowl toss warm vinaigrette with baby spinach and 2 tablespoon oil.

Arrange spinach on salad plates and top with 4-5 scallops (remove toothpicks before serving), serve immediately.

Serves 4 people.

Sirloin Steak with Coffee Rub

4 each 10-12 oz sirloin steaks

Coffee Rub:
1/4 cup ground Dunkin' Donuts original blend coffee, ground
1 tablespoon cumin seed - cracked
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon coarse cracked black pepper
2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine ingredients for coffee rub in a mixing bowl. Rub steak on all sides. Marinade steaks 2-24 hours in refrigerator until ready to cook. Lightly oil before grilling. Heat grill to medium high flame. Cook steaks 4-5 minutes per side or to internal temp of 120 degrees for medium.

Pork Loin with Coffee and Soy Glaze

1 4-5 pound pork loin
1/2 cup Dunkin' Donuts original blend coffee, ground
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 cup hot pepper jelly

Put the pork loin in a shallow roasting pan. Mix the remaining ingredients in mixing bowl. Rub marinade over pork loin. Turn pork. Refrigerate and turn loin in marinade after 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400. Place loin on baking pan (discard remaining marinade) and roast for 15 minutes on 400 degrees. Lower oven heat to 350 degrees and continue roasting for 20 minutes. Internal temperature should be at 145 degrees. Let loin rest 15 minutes before slicing.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds red bliss potato
3/4 cup whole milk
4 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
12 cloves fresh garlic, roasted
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat oven at 350 degrees.

 

Roast Garlic:
Wrap peeled garlic cloves, rubbed with olive oil, in aluminum foil. Bake 10 minutes in oven at 350 degrees. Carefully open foil and cool/mash with back of spoon in a bowl and set aside.

Wash potatoes and place in stock pot filled with water. Cook potatoes till tender (easily pierced with a fork). Strain water, and while potatoes are still hot mash with a potato masher. Add all remaining ingredients and stir to slowly incorporate.

Serves 4 people.

Cafe au lait Ganache Tart

16 oz dark chocolate (Guittard Chocolate recommended)
3/4 cup Dunkin' Donuts French Vanilla coffee, brewed
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 pint fresh strawberries
4 each baked puff pastry shells, cooled and centers removed
1 pint whipped cream

Melt chocolate in stainless steel bowl over a hot water bath. Whisk brewed coffee into pre-melted hot chocolate. When chocolate and coffee mixture is smooth with no lumps (if lumps occur, heat chocolate mixture in microwave for 10 seconds to bring temperature up again in appropriate vessel) add cold unwhipped heavy cream to chocolate mixture and whisk smooth. Reserve on the side. Wash and dry strawberries, remove stem and dice into 1/4 inch cubes. Place 3 strawberries in each pastry shell. Evenly distribute the chocolate mixture between the four shells, taking precaution not to over-fill. Top with whipped cream before serving.

*Ganache can be made in advance, and rewarmed the day of service.


About Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Dunkin' Brands, Inc., Headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts, franchises more than 12,000 Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins and Togo's shops worldwide. With over 143 years of combined franchising experience, Dunkin' Brands' mission is to thrill customers, enrich stakeholders and build powerful brands. Dunkin' Brands is also a pioneer in developing and practicing a complementary day part strategy, which combines two or three of its brands under one roof. For more information, visit www.dunkinbrands.com.

About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, today Dunkin' Donuts is the number one retailer of coffee-by-the-cup in America, selling 2.7 million cups a day, nearly one billion cups a year. Dunkin' Donuts is also the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world and sells more donuts, coffee, bagels and muffins than any other quick service restaurant in America. Dunkin' Donuts has more than 5,800 stores in the United States and 29 other countries. For more information, visit www.dunkindonuts.com.