Versatile Marinade

Ever have one of those days when you not sure what flavour you feel like.  This little recipe came about when I opened the cupboard and added a bit of this and a bit of that to make a marinade for chicken portions and decided it would work well with lamb, pork and beef too.

Chicken Marindade

Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

30ml brown sugar
30ml soy sauce
30ml brown spirit vinegar
30ml tomato paste
5ml lime juice
125ml water
2.5ml ground ginger
1ml cayenne pepper or more if you like a kick

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients together.
  2. Marinate protein for minimum 1 hour.
  3. Braai (barbecue) or roast protein basting with the marinade.
  4. Reduce marinade if necessary.

 

Thyme Marinade

Pete and I braai quite often, actually very regularly and having lived in Mauritius for a period of 2 and a half years, we had to get accustomed to eating a lot more chicken than red meat due to the astronomical cost of meat which meant I had to get adventurous on  occasion for a new flavour  for a chicken braai (barbecue) plus one of the few fresh herbs available on the island is thyme.  This marinade turned out nicer than I had anticipated. 🙂

Thyme Marinade

Ingredients

250ml white wine – I used chardonnay
125ml oil
125ml cup brown sugar
60ml tomato paste
2 garlic cloves crushed
20ml fresh thyme leaves

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Marinate chicken pieces for an hour before cooking or braaing (barbecuing)
  3. Baste chicken with marinade during cooking.
This marinade is sufficient for at least 12 pieces of chicken.

7 Herb Mutton Marinade

This is another very versatile marinade and is super delicious on lamb loin chops.  Enjoy this with my Rustic Potato Cakes and for good measure have a 7 Layer Salad on the side.

7 Herb Mutton Marinade

 

Ingredients

1 tbsp marjoram
1 tbsp sage
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp thyme
1 tbsp parsley
1 tbsp mint
½ cup dry red wine
2 medium onions grated
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ cup cooking oil
¾ cup tomato sauce
4 tsp vinegar
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and set aside for a few hours before using to baste your mutton chops.

 

Submitted by:  Ivor Smit, Pretoria

Chicken Marinade

Just like the Meat Marinade, this is especially nice when you braai (barbecue) your chicken.  The coals add a nice smokey flavour to the chicken and marinade.  A super tasty accompaniment to this meal is my  Noodle Salad alternatively try this delicious Pasta Salad

Chicken Marinade

 

Ingredients

½ cup cooking oil
½ cup vinegar
1 tsp mustard powder
6 tbsp tomato sauce
½ tsp dried sweet basil
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves chopped
Few shakes Worcestershire sauce
Blob Mrs Balls chutney

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and use to marinate your chicken pieces.

 

Submitted by:  Ivor Smit, Pretoria

Meat Marinade

This marinade is especially nice when you braai (barbecue) your steak.  The coals add a nice smokey flavour to the meat and marinade.  A super tasty accompaniment to this meal is my Potato Bake alternatively for a healthier option try a Green Salad.  

Meat Marinade

 

Ingredients

80ml Worcestershire sauce
80ml soya sauce
80ml tomato sauce
80ml sunflower oil
2-3 garlic cloves crushed

Juice of 1 lemon including some of the flesh

Method

  1. Blend all the ingredients together and set aside for a couple of hours before using to marinate your steak.

 

Submitted by:  Ivor Smit, Pretoria