A sauce, typically made of oil, vinegar, spices, and herbs, in which meat, fish, or other food is soaked before cooking to flavor or soften it. Translation: makes food taste great and makes your life easier. Put this collection of recipes into the win column, for make ahead and doing the heavy lifting. While marinades are a real gift for tenderizing lesser cuts, they also can be used on prime cuts to infuse flavor in quick order.
This umami-rich Asian marinade, used here on pork tenderloin, is as close to a signature dish as it comes for me. In a variety of iterations, it got me to the final round of Evian and Gourmet Magazine Healthy Menu Awards, appeared in Great Women Chefs cookbook and I demoed it on the Today Show. It is super easy – dump and stir style – and pops with flavor…ginger, garlic, hoisin, sesame oil, and unctuous fermented black beans. This workhorse works well on chicken, pork, beef, fish and veggies. Or try this chipotle fig marinade, salsa verde, or mango habanero BBQ. I am known for flagrant flavor and these marinades are a true party in your mouth experience.
Nothing goes better with late summer corn and tomatoes than the slightly sweet crisp char that makes a sugar steak. This is a phenomenon (hardly any other word will do) that I never ran across until I ended up with a house on Lake Michigan. I have since heard that...
Plum Glazed Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa
This ‘Taste of the Tropics’ works all year long. Throw the shrimp on the grill in the summer, or broil when it’s too cold outside, while dosing up on the Vitamin C from the zesty tropical fruit salsa. Plum Glazed Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa 1 1/2 cups Peanut Plum...
Asian Marinated Beef with Peanut Dipping Sauce
This spin on a Beef Satay incorporates a marinade and a dipping sauce that both can be used in a myriad of ways. Use the marinade on pork, chicken or even fish and dip away in the peanut sauce with vegetables, eggrolls and dumplings, or use as a dressing on...
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