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Greek Inspired Marinade for Beef

Greek Marinade

I’ve never understood why anyone would buy a marinade at the grocery store. For starters, they are expensive. They often contain preservatives and other ingredients that are difficult to pronounce. You can also make your own marinade in five minutes or less at home with a few basic ingredients (most of which you probably have on hand anyway).

When I mix my marinades I like to use my Pyrex Glass 4-Cup Measuring Cup. It is large enough to act as a mixing bowl, I can use the markings to measure the liquid ingredients, plus it has a handle and a convenient pour spout to make using the marinade a no-brainer.

Greek Inspired Marinade for Beef
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Recipe type: Sauces & Marinades
Cuisine: Greek
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 large lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl
  2. Whisk together until thoroughly blended.
  3. Pour marinade over the meat and refrigerate, allowing it to marinate for 4-5 hours.
  4. Remove from the refrigerator and allow meat to return to room temperature before cooking.
Wait until just before cooking to salt the meat, as salt will draw the moisture from the meat making it dry and tough.


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