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Coffee-And-Cocoa-Encrusted Sirloin

May 13, 2007

2 tablespoons very finely ground coffee beans (not flavored beans)

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 pound sirloin steak, about 1-inch thick, trimmed of fat

1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat a gas grill to high, or prepare a charcoal fire.

In a pie plate or glass baking dish, combine coffee, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Set aside.

Rub the steak with oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Coat the steak with the coffee-cocoa mixture, pressing it into the meat. Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.

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Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Thinly slice across the grain and serve with collected juices.

Serves 4.

Nutrition information per serving: 214 calories; 7 g fat (3 g saturated); 62 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 34 g protein; 1 g fiber; 140 mg sodium.

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