Citrusy Wine Marinade for Meat or Mushrooms

This recipe was adapted from Ray Lampe’s recipe, Big Bad Marinade, in his cookbook, “Flavorize”.  This marinade offers BIG flavor from the combination of a BIG red wine, fresh-squeezed orange juice, soy sauce, a BIG amount of garlic and black pepper. Using one of our premium, high-polyphenol EVOOs imparts additional BIG flavor and allows for the high-heat of the grill without the smoke and rancid taste of an inferior, old olive oil. Try this marinade with pork or lamb or go vegetarian and marinate giant portabella mushroom caps. Makes enough marinade (2.5 cups) for about 4, 10-oz steaks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup full-bodied red wine
  • 1/2 cup TAO olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, we use Bourbon Barrel Bluegrass Soy Sauce
  • 6 to 12 garlic cloves, root ends removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 dried bay leaves, ground to powder
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, stripped from the stem
  • 2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

 

 

Directions:

  1. To make the marinade: In the pitcher of a blender, combine the wine, olive oil, orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, rosemary, ground bay leaves, pepper and salt. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds until thoroughly combined. Add onion wedges and place in refrigerator covered (or in plastic zip bag) for up to 12 hours ahead of cooking. Or, start marinating immediately.
  2. Marinate: place meat or mushrooms in a nonaluminum, shallow pan or a plastic zip bag. Pour over the marinade and cover the dish or close the bag and marinate for 2 to 8 hours in the refrigerator, turning once.
  3. Set BBQ grill for a medium-high-heat (or, pre-heat the broiler for indoor cooking). Grill or broil the steaks about 3 inches from the heat to medium rare, which is about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to a platter and let meat rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Grill onion wedges while meat rests, and then serve with meat.
  4. If grilling portabella mushrooms, grill with onion wedges and cook to desired doneness (about 4-5 minutes.)
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