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Red Wine and Coffee Marinade


Yields about 2-1/2 cups, enough to marinate 2-/2 lb. food

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 118

The wonderful thing about this marinade is that you’re likely to have most of the ingredients on hand. It doesn’t contain added salt, so remember to salt your food just before grilling. This marinade is especially good for steak or pork.

  • 1 cup brewed espresso or very strong black coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 cup full-flavored red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, or Zinfandel
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, grated on a rasp grater
  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Coarsely ground black pepper

In a medium nonreactive bowl, whisk the coffee, wine, olive oil, garlic, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, and 2 tsp. pepper until well blended.

Make Ahead Tips

The marinade will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per 1 Tbs., Calories (kcal): 35, Fat (kcal): 2.5, Fat Calories (g): 25, Saturated Fat (g): 0, Protein (g): 0, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2, Carbohydrates (mg): 1, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 25, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

This marinade is simply outstanding. With basic ingredients yet an incredible depth of flavor. I will admit to being hesitant about the cinnamon at first. It seemed to overpower the marinade. But...once we grilled the steak...oh my..the flavors were just perfect. Thank you Elizabeth Karmel - you are a true grill goddess!

Family was not impressed at all with this recipe. Not a good use of espresso, wine and mostly the steaks.

It sounds delicious. Now I have a new eating adventure for this weekend.

Spectacular. Perfect complement to a good steak, can't wait to see if it is as good with pork

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