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Coffee-Balsamic Marinade

  • 10 m
  • 10 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“You might not think of coffee as a marinade ingredient but it adds depth and flavor that's not duplicatable. Richly flavored meats like beef and lamb work best with this marinade.”


    • ½ teaspoon instant-coffee granules
    • ½ cup hot water
    • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons crushed black pepper
    • ¾ teaspoon salt


  • 1 Dissolve coffee in hot water in a small bowl. Stir in vinegar, brown sugar, oil, garlic, pepper and salt. Use ½ cup to marinate beef or lamb. Reserve remaining marinade for basting.
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