Well maybe an overstatement, as I am still looking for the BEST one…LOL. In the interim I tried this one and was quite happy with it overall. Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated as I approach 14000 views on this blog!! Thanks to all of you have stopped by… here is the result with chicken thighs…
Best Chicken Marinade Ever
- 6 Chicken breasts or 3.5 lb. chicken
- 2 tsp Garlic powder
- 2 tsp Rosemary, dried
- 1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard
- 1/8 cup Lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Soy sauce
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp Black pepper, ground
- 3/4 cup Brown sugar ( I cut this back to 1/4 cup so not so sweet)
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Olive oil, extra virgin
- Combine all ingredients, except for chicken, in a large Pyrex measuring cupor mixing bowl and whisk together.
- Remove a half a cup of marinade and reserve for basting the chicken later.
- Place chicken in a large, Ziploc bagand pour marinade over the top. Close securely.
- Marinate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
- Preheat grill to medium high heat and lightly oil the grates.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off.
- Grill chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
- Baste the chicken occasionally with the reserved marinade.
- Remove chicken from grill and tent with foil. Let chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before serving
Someone in the house is not a fan of turkey at Thanksgiving, so I scoured Pinterest for this wonderful roast beef recipe, which turned out to be delicious! This is definitely one of those KISS recipes – Keep It Simple Stupid! That someone in the house really enjoyed it…serve some horse radish alongside it! As always, the words in red reflect my changes to the original recipe.
Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Crusted Roast Beef
Author: Slow Cooker Gourmet Serves: 6-8
- 2 pound eye of round beef roast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 or more stalks fresh rosemary
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic or more
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 cans of beef broth
- Rub roast all over with olive oil
- Chop three stalks of rosemary leaves and combine with garlic, sea salt and pepper
- Rub around the outside of the roast to form a crust
- Preheat a skillet to 400 degrees
- Add roast and sear on each side until lightly browned (4-6 minutes)
- Deglaze pan with balsamic vinegar and transfer all contents to slow cooker
- Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours OR cook on high for about an hour
- Pour one or two cans of broth around the roast and more rosemary stems to taste
- Cook for another 30 minutes and check with a meat thermometer depending on the doneness you like.
- Remove and let rest for 15-30 minutes then slice to serve
Good use of leftover pork loin roast!
Sesame Noodles with Pork by Stacey Snacks
- 1/2 box linguine (8 oz.)
- leftover cooked pork tenderloin (I used half a tenderloin, about 1/2 lb.), shredded
- handful of cilantro
- 1 carrot, cut into ribbons w/ a vegetable peeler
- handful of chopped scallion or chives
- sesame seeds
- canola oil for the frying pan
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp or squirt of Sriracha sauce (or hot chili sauce)
In a large heavy skillet, heat the canola oil and cook your garlic only 2 minutes until fragrant and transfer to a bowl.
Add the rest of the sauce ingredients to the garlic and whisk together. Set aside.
Cook your pasta and drain. Add the pasta back into the skillet (you may need to add some more canola oil) and toss around with tongs.
Add the leftover pork and pour the sauce over the noodles and pork to combine, tossing to heat thru.
Empty the contents into a big bowl and add the carrots, cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds and mix together. You can refrigerate and serve cold, but we liked it warm like Lo Mein noodles.
This recipe would be great with mashed sweet potatoes. The sauce is awesome… Check out Canadian Living for more great recipes!!
Pork Chops with Balsamic Sauce
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp. dried Italian herbs
- pinch salt
- 4 pork loin centre pork chops
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- 3/4 cup sodium reduced chicken stock
In small bowl, mix together oil, Italian seasoning and salt. Brush over the chops.
In non stick skillet fry chops over medium heat until browned and just a hint of pink remains inside (about 4 minutes per side). Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Drain off fat from pan. Add balsamic vinegar to pan. Simmer over medium heat for 30 SECONDS. Whisk cornstarch into the stock and add to the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up any brown bits. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened (about 1 minute). Return chops to pan, heat through, turning to coat.
Serve with the mashed sweet potatoes.
Trying to come up with a dinner without too much meat and found this one on Pinterest (a great site BTW). Simple to put together with some baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. The glaze was very flavourful.
Filet Mignon with Balsamic Glaze
(makes 4 servings)
• 2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon (set aside) butter
• 4 filet Mignon steaks
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• salt to taste
• 2 shallots
• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
• 1/4 cup dry red wine
• 2 tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
1. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel. Pepper and salt both sides of each steak to taste. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons butter, then add the fillets to the pan and allow to sear for 4 minutes, then flip and let sear for another 4. Four minutes resulted in a medium well meat. Next time I would try three and three or less! I like medium rare.
2. Transfer the filets to a plate, and keeping the burner on medium high. Melt the last tablespoon butter then add the shallots and saute for 3 minutes. Add the wine and vinegar to deglaze, using a spatula to scrape off the browned bits. Add the rosemary. Bring the mixture to a boil, and season with salt to taste. Turn the heat down to medium and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
3. Return the fillets to the pan and cook to desired doneness, flipping halfway through. Plate the steaks with steamed vegetables and potatoes, then spoon the reduction over top of the steaks.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes
Crock Pot Orange Chicken
• 1½ pounds boneless chicken, cut in 2-inch chunks or slivers
• ½ cup flour
• ½ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
• ½ cup milk
• 1 egg
• 2 TB olive oil (I prefer peanut oil)
• 1 TB kosher salt
• 6 ounces (1/2 can) frozen orange juice concentrate (no pulp), thawed
• 3 TB brown sugar
• 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
• 3 TB ketchup
• 6 ounces (other 1/2 can) orange juice concentrate
one green onion chopped
1. In a small bowl mix egg and milk.
2. In a separate bowl, mix your flour and panko. In 5-10 piece batches, soak chicken chunks in milk mixture then in flour mixture, Repeat this twice.
3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil on the stove and brown your chicken on all sides. You will not be fully cooking the chicken, just giving it a nice coat. Place the chicken pieces into your slow cooker
4. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1/2 of the orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt, and ketchup. Add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter taste. Pour sauce evenly over the chicken, and carefully toss to coat.
5. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 3 to 4*. Serve warm over the rice of your choice.
6. Just before finishing add the remainder of the orange juice and continue to heat.
Sprinkle with chopped green onions.
I found that this recipe was actually done in a little over 1 ½ hours on LOW. Maybe its because I am at sea level…LOL
This recipe is quick and tasty…
Glazed Balsamic Chicken (Canadian Living)
• 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
• 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
• 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
• 2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil (do NOT use olive oil as it heats too quickly)
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) crumbled dried sage or rosemary
• 1 cup (250 mL) chicken stock
• 2 tbsp (30 mL) balsamic vinegar
• 2 tsp (10 mL) liquid honey
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh parsley
• In shallow dish or plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken and turn or shake to coat.
• In large nonstick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium heat; fry chicken, turning once, until no longer pink inside, 12 minutes. Remove to plate and keep warm.
• Add remaining oil to pan; cook garlic and sage just until golden, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with any remaining flour; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in stock, vinegar and honey; cook until thickened enough to coat back of spoon.
• Return chicken and any accumulated juices to pan, turning to coat; cook until chicken is glazed, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with parsley.
Costco Dilemma again…what to do with those double sized packages of stuffed ravioli? KISS to the forefront!!!
Tomato Ravioli http://www.myrecipes.com
1 package of stuffed ravioli from Costco (mine was spinach and chicken)
1 pound of cherry tomatoes
2 shallots cut into wedges (or use green onions)
3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 Tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar
Chopped fresh basil.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
Cut tomatoes in half and spread on a cookie sheet sprayed with a little cooking spray, sprinkling with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Toss. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Watch em!!
Add 2 Tablespoons more oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to the tomatoes and stir. Continue baking 5 to 10 minutes.
Cook ravioli according to the package directions. Drain well. Toss with the roasted tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil. Serve.
NB…you can dress this dish up a notch by cooking 8 to 10 raw shrimp, slicing them in half horizontally and rimming the platter of raviolis…
This wasn’t the recipe I intended to follow, but it turned out great! Instead of the mushrooms on the skewers, I grilled two marinated portobellos beside the kabobs! Since I only had smaller shrimp I made do, but I would have preferred the larger ones… If you are a friend on Facebook, you saw the photo… Check out Kramer’s Culinary Blog by clicking on the link below.
Herb and Garlic Seafood Kabobs Kramers Culinary Blog
Herb Garlic Marinade
- 4 gloves of garlic, peeled
- 2 tsp chopped rosemary
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 tsp thyme
- ¼ chopped onion
- juice from ½ lime
- ½ cup olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 8 large shrimp peeled & divined
- 8 large scallops
- 8 slices of bacon
- 8 oz baby bella mushrooms
- 6 oz red pearl onions, peeled
- 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1 inch dices
- 2 zucchini, sliced length wise
- 2 yellow squash, sliced length wise
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
- For the marinade combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend thoroughly until creamy. Set a side.
- Wrap scallops with bacon. If the bacon is to wide simply cut it length wise in half.
- Prepare rosemary skewers by striping of the leaves of the sprig, but leaving about 2 inches on the tip or use well soaked wooden ones.
- Assemble seafood kabobs the way it’s shown at the bottom of the page under “Lining Up”.
- Smother herb garlic marinade over the entire seafood kabob on both sides. Rest kabobs on a plate covered with plastic wrap and keep cool.
- Marinate the zucchini and yellow squash including the left over vegetables such as the mushrooms & onions with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Grill vegetables for about 3 minutes on each side over medium to high heat.
- Grill seafood kabobs on high heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Allow kabobs to rest in a warm spot for a few minutes than serve immediately with the grilled vegetables. Serve with Chipotle tomato mayonnaise. They were just fine without the Chipotle Mayonnaise!
Lining up skewers – tomato, onion,shrimp.scallop,pepper,shrimp.scallop, mushroom, tomato
Remember to soak your wooden skewer sticks for several hours!!
This is a great BBQ recipe while you can still cook outdoors.
Steak with Blue Cheese and Sage
2 minced cloves of garlic
2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 (2 lb/1 kg) strip loin grilling steak, 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick
1/2 cup crumbles gorgonzola or bleu cheese, (2 oz/60 g)
In large bowl, whisk together minced garlic, 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the chopped sage, 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil, vinegar and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper. Add steaks and turn to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 8 hours.)
We like to butterfly the steaks so there is a pocket in which to put the bleu cheese….
Place steaks on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and cook, turning once, until medium-rare, about 10 minutes, or to desired doneness.
Transfer steaks to platter; sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese and remaining chopped sage. Tent with foil and let stand for 5 minutes.
Alternatively, if you have butterflied the steaks, just before plating, place 1/4 of the blue cheese and a little more sage inside the steak and then close it to melt. If you do this at the beginning, the bleu cheese will run out all over the BBQ!