Marination of a Nation
When it comes to building flavour in a dish, countries around the Globe have all being doing the same thing for Centuries. Soaking food (predominantly meat and seafood) before cooking, to help tenderise and enhance the natural flavour before cooking. Different countries use different ingredients, but they all share a common goal: To. Make. Food. Taste. Better.
A good marinade can elevate even the most humble of proteins, and it’s the perfect way to build layer upon layer of flavour. You only need to sample my Spanish Chicken Skewers with Fino Sherry to see what I mean!
As a home cook, It’s essential to have a variety of marinades up your sleeve. They’ll really simple to get going and help you out down the track, they’ll also add a tonne of flavour to your food. Marinades are versatile too! They can double up as salad or hot vegetable dressings which can transform side dishes into taste sensations – just remember NEVER to use a marinade in this way that’s had meat or fish soaking in it. That’s unsafe! Just keep a little fresh marinade aside if you plan on doing this. Another thing to remember, marinating seafood doesn’t require 24 hours – 30 minutes will suffice. But for truly great flavour in meats like Beef, Lamb, Goat, Chicken, Pork, Duck and Rabbit, the longer the better.
My 18 Delicious Marinades from Around the World are the combinations I use all the time for roasting and grilling at home, they’re a great way for you to transport yourself to any country you feel like, all without leaving your kitchen! Sio, where will you travel today?
Do YOU have a favourite marinade you use all the time? Let me know in the comments below and I might just add it to the list.