Coffee-Balsamic Marinade

July/August 1998

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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.

"This recipe made a great marinade for steak, although I thought it was a bit sweet. Next time I will decrease the brown sugar to 2 T (I used a Splenda/brown sugar blend) and increase the balsamic vinegar to 4 T. I also used 1 tsp red...
Coffee-Balsamic Marinade

Makes: About 1 cup

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  • 1/2 teaspoon instant-coffee granules
  • 1/2 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
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Dissolve coffee in hot water in a small bowl. Stir in vinegar, brown sugar, oil, garlic, pepper and salt. Use 1/2 cup to marinate beef or lamb. Reserve remaining marinade for basting.


Per teaspoon: 6 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 37 mg sodium; 4 mg potassium.

Exchanges: none

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