Most cuts taste great with just a pinch of salt and pepper, but take your U.S. beef steak or roast to new flavor heights with a special marinade. Use our marinade tips and recipe to help take your next meal to another level.
EASY STEPS TO A PERFECT MARINADE
There are two reasons you might want to use a marinade: to help add flavor or to tenderize. While the two different types of marinades may contain similar ingredients, the key is the length of marinating time. If you’re just looking to add flavor to tender steaks, you only need to marinate for 15 minutes to 2 hours. If you’re looking to tenderize cuts, you’ll want to marinate for 6 to 24 hours.
STEP 1 When marinating beef, always marinate in the refrigerator, never at room temperature.
STEP 2 Combine in medium bowl 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon peel, 4 teaspoons minced garlic and 1 teaspoon pepper.
STEP 3 Allow 1/4 to 1/2 cup of marinade for every pound (454 g.) of U.S. beef.
STEP 4 Marinate in a food-safe plastic bag or in a non-reactive container such as glass or plastic. Turn or stir the beef occasionally to allow even exposure to the marinade.
STEP 5 Before cooking, remove U.S. beef from marinade and pat dry with a paper towel to promote even browning and prevent steaming.
STEP 6 If a marinade is to be used for basting or as a sauce, reserve a portion of it before adding to the beef. Marinade that has been in contact with uncooked meat must be brought to a full rolling boil for at least one minute before it can be used for basting or as a sauce.
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