Sunday, 17 January 2016

Clearing out the marinades and sauces

Do you find your cupboards and fridge get cluttered up with part-used bottles of marinades and sauces? I do - there are often bottles in gift packs and goody bags, and everything else gets used but the marinades and endless barbecue sauces linger on. To be honest, I prefer to make my own marinades, not only do I know exactly what's gone into them, they also tend to have more flavour, and I can ring the changes each time I make them. And when it comes to sauces, tomato ketchup, classic brown sauce and sweet chilli can't be beaten!

However I had half-jars of two marinades in the fridge. They were actually ones I'd been sent to review, but I was so unimpressed with them that I agreed with the PR that it was better not to post my review. However as I hate waste, I wanted to find ways to use up the remains of the jars, so here are two meals I produced using them - you could use any kind of spicy barbecues sauce or marinade for either of the meals.

For the first dish, I used an Asian style barbecue sauce. I marinated some thinly sliced frying steak in a few spoonfuls of the sauce for a couple of hours, and then stir fried it with some spring onions, adding a tin of mixed bamboo shoots and water chestnuts and a generous splash of soy sauce.

I served this with rice and the Asian style semi pickled salad which I blogged about the other day.

The second marinade was a Jerk seasoning. I marinated two on-the-bone chicken breasts overnight in it.  I took two sweet potatoes and cut them into wedges, then tossed them with 1tbs sunflower oil and 2 tsp Cajun seasoning (also left over from a gift box!) then roasted them with the chicken in a hot oven for 40 minutes.

I served these with corn on the cob with chilli-lime butter (soften a knob of butter and beat in chilli flakes, grated lime zest and a little lime juice) and a salad of red onion, red chicory, little gem lettuce and mustard and cress.

I'm sharing this with Kitchen Clearout at Madhouse Family Reviews.


Unknown said...

Will try these recipes look great a good way to use leftover sauces

Unknown said...

the stew looks wonderful... I have so many jars of stuff in the cupboards I need to do a big blow-out clear-out.

Cheryl Pasquier said...

Well, you may not have thought much of the marinades but these both look utterly delicious - I'm feeling hungry now ! Thanks for linking up xx #KitchenClearout