Synopses & Reviews
Hungarian Paprika Yogurt Marinade
"Makes about 1 1/2 cups; enough to marinate 2 1/2 pounds of pork or veal chops or 2 pork tenderloins"
Hungarian paprika is well worth the price--it has far more character than common supermarket paprikas. Like other spices, paprika loses potency over time, so don't buy more than you will use in a few months. Store the containers in a cool, dark, dry place such as a cupboard and not on a decorative spice rack in the center of the kitchen.
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 small onion, chopped
3 tablespoons Hungarian or other high-quality paprika
3 garlic cloves, minced
in a small bowl, stir together all ingredients. Place the meat in a shallow glass or ceramic dish. Add the marinade, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.
Triple Mustard Sauce
"Makes about 3/4 cup; enough for 1 to 1 1/2pounds of meat or fish"
This is both a sauce and a condiment for beefsteak, lamb chops, burgers, and tuna steaks.
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dry mustard, such as Coleman's
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
3 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoons tarragon or white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried
In a small bowl, stir together the Dijon and dry mustards, mustard seeds, and pepper until dry mustard is dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients. Let stand at least 15 minutes before using. (Can be made 3 days ahead and refrigerated.)
When ready to use, set aside 1/4 cup mustard sauce. Use remainder to brush on liberally during last 7 to 10 minutes of cooking. Brush onreserved sauce as soon as meat or fish is removed from grill.
What's the secret to perfect barbecues? Marinate, marinate, marinate. Unmarinated food is never as tender, juicy and mouthwateringly delicious as food that has been soaked in a subtle sauce before being seared over open coals.
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Grilling is one of the best ways to add flavor to food without adding fat. As evidenced by the explosive demand for fancy grills, fuels and flammable additives such as mesquite and hickory, today's backyard barbecuing has outgrown shriveled hotdogs and charred chicken. For the legions of Americans hungry for the perfect barbecue, Marinades is the final, most important ingredient.
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About the Author
Melanie Barnard is a food writer and monthly columnist for Bon Appetit magazine. Her many cookbooks include Parties, Cheap Eats, Low-Fat Grilling, and Marinades.