The purpose of What’s For Dinner? is to provide you a recipe with items on sale this week, with no more than 10 ingredients (not including pantry items), and coming in at under $10 per meal.
Unfortunately, all of these cuts of meat are not what anyone would say are “excellent”. They are everyday, budget-conscious, cuts-of-meat.
However, with a little help, these cuts of meat can go from ordinary to extraordinary. The helper…a rockin’ marinade.
I talked about the power of marinades before, but I thought this week I would share with you some of my favorite homemade marinade recipes for steak, pork or chicken.
Tips for Marinades:
- Use fresh, quality ingredients when possible. Fresh lemon or lime juice and herbs make a BIG difference in the taste of your marinade.
- Make sure to mix you marinade well. I usually make mine in a separate bowl and mix with a wisp.
- Use a ziploc bag. Put your meat in a ziploc bag and then pour in the marinade. Seal and give a little shake. Using a ziploc allows more coverage on the meat.
- Marinade at least 12 hours (sometimes up to 36 hours). Longer is better in my opinion. Make marinades in the evening and put in the fridge overnight .
Red Wine Steak Marinade
1 cup of red wine
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt – like Lawry’s
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 clove of garlic – chopped
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Marinade will cover 2 lbs. of steak.
Ginger Pork Marinade
1.5 teaspoons of fresh ginger
1’/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 jalapeno pepper – seeded and chopped
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Marinade will cover 4-5 pork chops.
John Stamos Greek Chicken Marinade
1 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of white wine
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 cloves of garlic – chopped
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Marinade will cover 3 lbs. of chicken.
PS: Just realized that two out of three marinade include wine…maybe that is why they are so good. 🙂
What about you? What is your favorite marinade? Share it with us via the comments or on the Kansas City Mamas Facebook Page.