A marinade is a combination of oil, acid and seasonings that will tenderize and flavor any cut of meat. The acid, usually wine, vinegar or a citrus juice breaks down the tough fibers in the meat, making it more tender. The oil absorbs flavor from the seasonings, melds them, and carries the flavoring into the meat. It also helps to keep the meat moist and juicy.
A good marinade will help you create that truly special dish, but marinades do not have to be complex. One of my first marinades was a bottle of Italian dressing. (Add one part Worcestershire sauce to 4 parts Italian dressing for an incredible spicy chicken marinade.)
Secrets of marinating-
Try these marinade recipes to get you started. They are good with chicken or meat.
Balsamic Vinegar Marinade
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1/2 Tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, minced
Use these recipes to get you started, then experiment with your own flavor combinations.
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