This is a marinade I turn to again and again when I’m short on time but want to pack a ton of savory flavor into meat. Most likely you’ve got everything in your pantry already: coffee, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil, garlic.
Ideally I’d use a two-pound flank steak but the marinade works well with most beef. Be sure to allow the meat to marinade two to four hours; I’ve been known to prep this after breakfast for grilling that night. Use zippered freezer bags for convenience if you like.
Coffee Balsamic Marinade
2 teaspoons decaf coffee, ground (you can use regular if you prefer)
½ cup hot tap water
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
- Pour into a zippered freezer bag or covered bowl large enough to hold the meat.
- Marinade at least two hours, preferable longer.
- Grill or broil meat according to your tastes, discarding excess marinade.
Adapted from an old recipe from Tavolo.