Posts Tagged ‘wet rub’

Orange Marm-inade

July 1st, 2009 by Justin | Comments Off | Filed in Marinades, Sauces

To be honest, it’s been a good while since I made this so the ingredients are a little fuzzy, but I think it’s about right.  Turns out very rich to be a very rich marinade, good for red meats.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 small jar orange marmalade
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 tsp sage

Mix and go!  I scored my steaks to allow the larger chunks of goodness from the marmalade to get trapped in between and to increase the surface area of meat that could absorb the flavor of the marinade.  Also, scoring will keep your meat incredibly tender if you’re forced in to pan frying your meat like I was (it was a late dinner).

Marinates 3 to 4 steaks.

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Garlic-Basil Pesto

April 19th, 2009 by Justin | Comments Off | Filed in Rubs, Sauces

I’ve had a mortar and pestle sitting around for quite a few months now but haven’t really used it much.  So today, after a long couple weeks of work and not doing much cooking of my own, I decided to experiment while cooking dinner for Sherelle and I.

I came up with two offerings, both sauces: a garlic power house and a surprisingly sweet complement to chicken.  This is the first of two mortal and pestle sauces.

Ingredients

  • Package of fresh basil, minced
  • One clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lemon

Combine all in a mortar and pestle with approximately one tablespoon each of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and a squeeze of lemon.  Work mixture until a paste is formed.

Can be applied directly to prepared chicken, fish, vegetables, pastas, etc, or used as wet rub for grilled fish and chicken.  You can also make this in bulk and use to bolster red and other sauces.

I’m a huge fan of garlic, but just to warn you, this combination creates a very strong garlic flavor that I know not everyone is keen to, so use your discretion when cooking for the garlic shy or someone you plan on kissing anytime soon.  All that said, anyone can enjoy its full flavor when applied thinly.

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