Bourbon is a fantastic partner for soy sauce, and the combination makes a delicious quick-fix marinade that works with all sorts of meats and vegetables. Try it with red meat, skinless poultry, oily fish such as salmon, and hardy vegetables such as broccoli or portobello mushrooms. Best of all, there’s no need to worry about marinating overnight, since the strong flavors need only 30 minutes to a couple of hours to work their magic.
½ cup Jim Beam® Bourbon
2 shallots, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ tablespoon canola oil
Put the bourbon and shallots into a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and simmer for 3 minutes, until the shallots have softened. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients until well blended. Let cool completely. This marinade will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Pat your meat or vegetables dry. Place them in a nonmetallic bowl and mix with the marinade until well coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes, stirring the ingredients into the marinade occasionally. If you prefer, you can combine the ingredients with the marinade in a resealable plastic food bag. SImply ensure you squeeze out as much air as possible from the bag and seal it well before leaving it in the refrigerator to marinate. Discard the marinade when ready to cook.