I can't take any credit what-so-ever for this idea, but I can pass along my version. This is a super simple marinade that should be in your repertoire if it is not already. It is great for beef, pork and chicken. Also, it can stand up to a variety of cooking techniques such as grilling, broiling, or roasting. The flavor is bold and pronounced but not overwhelming so it is absolutely a family friendly recipe. The flavor profile of the balsamic and mustard together is incredibly complex and therefore very impressive to dinner guests. The best part is that the meat only has to marinate for 30 minutes, but can marinate for 24 hours. (Or longer. I once forgot about a couple chicken breasts. They had been sitting in the marinade for almost 3 days, and they were absolutely delicious.)
Balsamic Mustard Marinade
1/4 C balsaminc vinegar
2 Tbsp dijon or deli-style mustard
2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried rosemary (1 Tbsp if using fresh)
1/2 tsp dried thyme (2 tsp if using fresh)
This amount of marinade is good for up to 2 lbs of meat. Pierce meat with the tines of a fork or a knife. Salt and pepper the meat. Place in marinade making sure all surfaces are coated (a large resealable bag is great for this.) Marinade for 30 min up to 24 hrs. Shake off excess marinade and broil, roast, or grill until meat is done.
Enjoy! And let me know what you think!
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