Gourmet Marinades & Sauces: My Lazy Gourmet Recipes!

by on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I grew up in a family that believed in exactly 2 ways to flavor chicken: salt and pepper. Har har. Actually, there was ONE marinade my Mom got hooked on using when we grilled chicken breasts, and that was Italian Salad Dressing. Which is basic and good, but eventually kind of boring. So, as you can tell, I didn’t grow up with tons of variety in marinades or moderating the flavors of meat all that much – but I’m kind of a lazy foodie. What that means is that I love fancy, new food things but I’m not really pro-active about creating it. I found a nice short-cut in some marinades and sauces by Tavern Direct Gourmet Marinades.

These are gourmet marinades, which means I don’t have to mix a lot of stuff or do a ton of stuff to get a heightened taste experience.

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They sent me three items to review. Let’s get to the nitty gritty, okay?

Tavern Trio Gift Box $19.00

Tavern Direct 1870 Steak Sauce: I tend to prefer ketchup to steak sauce, but I do like A1. This steak sauce wasn’t quite as sweet as I prefer. But I had my Dad try some and he really liked it, saying it was “yummy.” It’s gourmet, but still under $10. What’s nice is that this doesn’t just have to go on steaks, it can work well on chops, burgers and veggies. Look below for my recipe for more on how this works. “Tangy tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and worcestershire mingle with onion, garlic and a splash of lemon/lime.”

Old Vine Cabernet & Fire Grilled Garlic Marinade: I.love.garlic. This isn’t too strong, but it’s got a strong garlic taste to it. This has “mellow California cabernet vinegar and lightly roasted garlic is infused with select herbs and spices.”

Golden Ginger Teriyaki: My favorite of the three! It’s soy sauce gone wild. There’s also lemon, red wine vinegar, ginger, honey, and spices. It’s sweet and really delicious.

Lazy Gourmet Recipe Idea for Scallops using Old Vine Cabernet & Fire Grilled Garlic Marinade:

Pan sear scallops that you marinaded for just 1 hour. Pair this with asparagus that you flavor with salt, pepper, and the juice from a lemon. The lemon will work nicely with the marinade. This was completely inspired by this post. But I endorse it, I think this is a great way to make scallops taste a little different than by just using butter.

Lazy Gourmet Recipe Idea for Chicken using Golden Ginger Teriyaki:

Marinate the chicken for at least 5 hours, then grill it and cut it up. Put it in a romaine salad with crisp rice noodles, shredded carrots, onions and toasted almond slices. Drizzle the marinade and toss the salad before putting the chicken on top.

My totally lazy but super delicious gourmet marinades sauces recipe using the Tavern Direct 1870 Steak Sauce.

What you’ll need for this recipe:

3 pats of butter
1 drizzle of olive oil
3 Large Potatoes
1/2 a Green Pepper
3 Slices of Red Onion
2 Cooked Steaks
Tavern Direct 1870 Steak Sauce
4 Mushrooms
10 Cherry Tomatoes

Heat your pan and add oil. Once it’s hot, add in chopped potatoes. Everything else gets chopped up – except for the cherry tomatoes. After the potatoes have been cooking in a pan on the stove for about 13 minutes, you want to start adding the other ingredients. Potatoes just take longer! Make sure to add items in the order that I’ve listed them. The green peppers need a bit more time to cook than the onions. Add in about 2 tablespoons to taste of the steak sauce, and let it coat everything. The very last thing you put in is the cherry tomatoes, which you only want to sweat a little and get them hot without bursting. Serve it on a plate, without any garnish, and with an ice cold drink.

So, why did I add the sauce instead of using it to dip into? Because this way it’s not super concentrated, and instead of using just salt or garlic powder as I sometimes do, I was able to up the ante of the flavor in a new and interesting way. It is a very unfussy meal, and it’s really pretty colorful, too. The sauce infused easily into the potatoes, onions and mushrooms very easily but you still get the color from the green pepper and tomatoes.

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