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Best Steak Marinade Recipe – Healthy Delicious by Gordon Ramsay

rosemary-balsamic marinaded steak tips with butternut squash and Brussles sprouts on a plate


Say goodbye to boring steak. The best steak marinade is made with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, rosemary, and garlic for tons of flavor. A must for easy weeknight dinners!

rosemary-balsamic marinaded steak tips with butternut squash and Brussles sprouts on a plate

The Best Steak Marinade Recipe

Marinades are a lifesaver on busy nights or when I just don’t feel like cooking – Monday, I’m looking at you! Our local butcher always has some great selections of marinaded meats, but it’s also super easy to make your own recipe for steak marinade. 

This rosemary balsamic marinade is hands down the best steak marinade I’ve ever made. Balsamic vinegar and fresh rosemary enhance the beefiness of steak without overpowering it. Plus the sugars in the marinade caramelize as the steak cooks, giving you an amazing charred crust with super tender meat. 

The marinade does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to infusing a piece of meat with tons of flavor. All you have to do it heat it up and make an easy side dish to go along with it. 

Roast cauliflower with lemon and pomegranate or roast acorn squash are both great options. If I’m really feeling lazy, I also love the frozen butternut squash cauliflower risotto from Trader Joes. Or you can use the marinaded meat to make a skillet meal, like the steak tips recipe with fall vegetables pictured above. 

If you spend five minutes mixing up an easy marinade on Sunday night, you’ll have a stress-free Monday night dinner ready to go. Or freeze your meat in the marinade for an easy dinner whenever you feel like it. We already have taco Tuesday and pizza Friday – I think we should make marinade Monday a thing! Who’s with me? 

steak tips in a bag with marinade

What is a marinade?

Marinades are more than just an easy way to boost the flavor of your favorite meat. They also contain acidic components that tenderize meat by weakening its muscle structure. This means you can cook tougher cuts of meat more quickly! 

Common acids are fresh citrus juices, wine, vinegar, or cultured milk products like buttermilk, yogurt, and sour cream.

This steak marinade uses balsamic vinegar. 

How to make a marinade

Marinades are similar to vinaigrettes, and you can actually use your favorite vinaigrette as a marinade! 

To make your own recipe for steak marinade, you’ll want to use 1 part acid to 2 or 3 parts oil. Then add seasoning to taste. 

Mix everything together and give it a taste – before you add the meat – to make sure it tastes good to you. The smaller your garlic and herbs are chopped, the more flavor they’ll impart! In general, you’ll need about ½ cup marinade for every pound of meat. 

To make the best steak marinade, you’ll need:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Minced garlic
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

How long to marinate beef

How long you need to marinate your meat depends on the size of the meat and what you’re looking to achieve. 

If you simply want to add flavor to small pieces of stir fry meat, you might only need 15 minutes. To tenderize the meat, you’ll need to marinate the meat for 6 to 24 hours for the best results. 

Be sure to marinate your steak in the fridge – don’t leave it on the counter. You’ll also want to use a non-reactive container like glass or plastic. 

You can also freeze the meat in the marinade for longer-term storage. With a freezer filled with different options, you’ll always have something easy to throw on the table! Just defrost it the night before and make grilled steak, or throw the frozen steak in your slow cooker or instant pot.

ingredients to make the best steak marinade

Best Steak Marinade Recipe

Best Steak Marinade Recipe

Say goodbye to boring steak. The best steak marinade is made with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, rosemary, and garlic for tons of flavor. A must for easy weeknight dinners!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large pinch crushed red pepper
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds steak

Instructions

  1. Combine the oil, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, rosemary, garlic, and red pepper in a large zip-top freezer bag. Season to taste with black pepper.
  2. Add the steak. Seal the bag and give it a good shake to coat the steak with marinade. Refrigerate for 6-24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Before cooking, remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. For longer-term storage, transfer the bag to the freezer.

Nutrition Information

Yield 4 Serving Size 1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 437 Total Fat 38g Saturated Fat 8g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 27g Cholesterol 55mg Sodium 163mg Carbohydrates 9g Net Carbohydrates 9g Fiber 0g Sugar 8g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 15g

Nutrition value will vary depending on how much ofthe marinade is discarded. These calculations are for the whole recipe.



EASY FUDGE RECIPE – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

EASY FUDGE RECIPE - Butter with a Side of Bread


Easy Fudge recipe that is made with chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes, no candy thermometer necessary. This chocolate fudge recipe only requires six ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. Delicious fudge recipe that turns out perfectly every time.

Easy Fudge recipe is one of the most unique fudge recipes that I’ve ever tried. There are so many different fudge recipes and most of the ones I’ve tried have been very similar – chocolate, sugar, sometimes marshmallow. A lot of times you have to boil the mixture to a very precise temperature to be able to get it to the exact right consistency. Not this recipe!

Easy Fudge recipe that is made with chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes, no candy thermometer necessary. This chocolate fudge recipe only requires six ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. Delicious fudge recipe that turns out perfectly every time.

This chocolate fudge recipe has two different kinds of pudding in it and you only have to boil the mixture for 1 minute before adding the remaining ingredients and mixing together. The fudge only takes a couple of hours to set up in the refrigerator and is absolutely delicious too!

Easy Fudge recipe that is made with chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes, no candy thermometer necessary. This chocolate fudge recipe only requires six ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. Delicious fudge recipe that turns out perfectly every time.

Ingredients in Easy Fudge recipe

-butter

-chocolate pudding mix (cook & serve, NOT instant)

-vanilla pudding mix (cook & serve, NOT instant)

-milk

-powdered sugar

-vanilla extract

Making chocolate fudge recipe

How to make Easy Chocolate Fudge

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the pudding mixes and milk. Continue to stir and bring the mixture to boiling, letting it boil for 1 minute. The mixture will start to thicken quite a bit and won’t look very smooth, but that’s ok!

Remove the pan from heat and add the powdered sugar. Use an electric mixer to beat in the sugar until the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla and mix just until combined.

Pour the mixture into a buttered 8X8 pan. Chill for about 2-3 hours or until fudge sets and can be cut into squares.

Easy Fudge recipe that is made with chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes, no candy thermometer necessary. This chocolate fudge recipe only requires six ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. Delicious fudge recipe that turns out perfectly every time.

Easy Fudge Recipe

Easy Fudge recipe that is made with chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes, no candy thermometer necessary. This chocolate fudge recipe only requires six ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. Delicious fudge recipe that turns out perfectly every time. 

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Course: Candy

Cuisine: American

Keyword: easy fudge recipe

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3.4 oz box cook & serve chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 3 oz box cook & serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 4 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the pudding mixes and milk. Continue to stir and bring the mixture to boiling, letting it boil for 1 minute. The mixture will start to thicken quite a bit and won’t look very smooth, but that’s ok!

  • Remove the pan from heat and add the powdered sugar. Use an electric mixer to beat in the sugar until the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla and mix just until combined.

  • Pour the mixture into a buttered 8X8 pan. Chill for about 2-3 hours or until fudge sets and can be cut into squares.

Can you freeze chocolate fudge?

Yes! Freezing fudge is easy. Just double wrap it in plastic wrap or parchment paper, then store it in an airtight container. Will stay fresh for 3 months. Thaw and cut into squares to serve.

How long does Fudge last?

If stored in an airtight container on the countertop, fudge will stay good for about a week. It does slowly dry out, so I recommend enjoying it within 4-5 days.

Easy Fudge recipe that is made with chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes, no candy thermometer necessary. This chocolate fudge recipe only requires six ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. Delicious fudge recipe that turns out perfectly every time.

When to Serve chocolate fudge

Fudge is perfect for parties, or gifts, especially during the holidays! I like to add this fudge to goodie plates and give them out to neighbors during Christmas time.

Easy Fudge recipe that is made with chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes, no candy thermometer necessary. This chocolate fudge recipe only requires six ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. Delicious fudge recipe that turns out perfectly every time.

Easy Fudge recipe that only has six ingredients, no candy thermometer required! This delicious chocolate fudge recipe has two kinds of pudding in it and only takes a few minutes to make!

BEST HOMEMADE CARAMELS RECIPE – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

BEST HOMEMADE CARAMELS RECIPE - Butter with a Side of Bread


These Homemade Caramels will absolutely melt in your mouth! Incredible from scratch recipe for Homemade Caramel made with heavy cream and butter.

I love the holidays! One of my favorite parts is making all sorts of wonderful treats that I only make once a year. I’ve decided to share my creations with you all each day and first on the list was the homemade caramels.

Homemade Caramels: Butter with a Side of Bread

How to Make these Homemade Caramel Candies

If you’ve never made caramel before, don’t be afraid, it’s actually really easy. You just need the ingredients, a large saucepan, and a candy thermometer. Well, a candy thermometer isn’t required, but it’s certainly very handy!

A couple of tips on making caramels:

  • Line your pan with foil, then spray the foil. Taking the caramel block out of the pan is a breeze after it’s cooled!
  • Don’t feel like you have to stir the mixture continuously. it’s OK to let it boil for a few minutes in between periods of stirring. I did the morning dishes while mine cooked!
  • When cutting the caramels, err on the side of smaller pieces, especially if you have small children. My kids love caramel, but I find sizes much larger than a penny are too big.

Products that will help you re-create this recipe at home:

Homemade Caramels: Butter with a Side of Bread

Does Homemade Caramel Need to be Refrigerated?

Your homemade caramel candy does not need to be placed in the fridge as it can do just fine on the counter at room temperature for up to 2 weeks if kept in an airtight container. I recommend wrapping each piece in wax paper, rolling up the ends and keeping them together in a Ziploc bag.

Does Homemade Caramel go Bad?

Eventually, your candy will no longer taste as good as it once did when it was fresh. As it’s exposed to more air, you may find that it dries out or becomes more hard. While you may not get sick from eating an aged piece of caramel, you should avoid eating pieces that are too old as it just isn’t as enjoyable.

Homemade Caramels: Butter with a Side of Bread

The Ingredients Needed for Homemade Caramels

-2 cup white sugar

-1 cup packed brown sugar

-1 cup of corn syrup

-1 cup evaporated milk

-1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream

-1 cup butter

-1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Homemade Caramels: Butter with a Side of Bread

How to Make Homemade Caramels

In a medium-sized pot, combine everything with exception to the vanilla.

Monitor the heat of the mixture with a candy thermometer while stirring occasionally.

When the thermometer reaches 245 degrees, remove it from the pot.

Stir in the vanilla and then transfer to a greased 12×15 pan.

Let the mixture cool completely.

Once cooled, cut the caramel into small squares and wrap them in wax paper and store in an airtight container such as a Ziploc bag.

HOLIDAY BAKING: HOMEMADE CARAMELS

These Homemade Caramels will absolutely melt in your mouth! Incredible from scratch recipe for Homemade Caramel made with heavy cream and butter.

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Course: Candy, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Homemade Caramel

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Servings: 40

Calories: 174kcal

Author: Butter With A Side of Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 pint 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a medium size pot, combine everything except the vanilla.

  • Monitor the heat of the mixture with a candy thermometer while stirring occasionally.

  • When the thermometer reaches 245 degrees {240 degrees is also called soft ball stage, I like to cook mine to 245 degrees}, remove pot from heat.

  • Stir in vanilla.

  • Transfer mixture to a greased 12×15 pan and let the mixture cool completely.

  • When cooled cut the caramel into small squares and wrap them in wax paper for storage.

Notes

High Elevation: Cook caramel to 10 degrees less!!  If you live above 4,000 feet, you’ll need to cook it to just 235 degrees F for it to be the perfect consistency. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 331IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

What Do I Do If My Caramel is Too Soft?

If your homemade caramel is too soft, it means that you didn’t heat it to the correct degrees. You can either reheat the mixture until it reaches a few degrees higher than it was originally or you can eat it as is and mark it as a lesson learned for next time.

Can You Freeze Caramel Candy?

Caramel freezes well, but you’ll want it to come to room temperature before eating so you don’t break a tooth or lose a filling, haha. You may also notice that as the caramel thaws it might begin to “sweat” this is sugary water excreted from your caramel which may make it into a mess to eat, but it’s still perfectly fine. Remember to have each piece of caramel individually wrapped inside an airtight container so that they don’t all form together in the freezer.

What Happens If You Cook Caramel Too Long?

You do not want to overcook your caramel but you also shouldn’t rush the process. If you cook your caramel too hot or too long you’ll end up with a harder and more brittle end result and we want soft and chewy caramel, not a peanut brittle texture. Also, remember that the caramel continues to cook a small amount even after it’s been removed from the heat.

How to package homemade caramel

After you cut caramel into small squares, you can wrap them in wax paper and twist the ends to secure it. For years and years I cut the small 4-5″ squares of wax paper myself. A couple years ago I discovered that you can purchased them already cut! See Cut Wax Paper Squares Here. I’d say that’s $7 well spent. One package should last you 3-4 years as well, depending on how much caramel you make.

Check out these delicious caramel recipes that are sure to satisfy those tastebuds.

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