Savory Steak Marinades with Red Wine

You know that your steak tastes fantastic with a glass of bold red wine. But did you know that putting red wine in a marinade can add flavor and make your steak more tender? Transform the Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Farms Signature Gift Box with Red Wine into an amazing marinade for your steak with these tips.

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Marinade Basics

The first thing you should know when preparing red wine steak marinades is how to achieve a good balance. A great marinade packs your steak with flavor while also tenderizing the meat. The basic rule of thumb for the mixture is to use one cup of acid, 1/2 cup of fat, two tablespoons of herbs, and two tablespoons of salt.

Start by choosing your acid, which, in our case, is red wine. Add the wine to a storage bag, then mix in your fat, such as olive oil or grapeseed oil, a bit of spice, like chili powder or allspice, and your herbs, including garlic or cilantro. Mix the ingredients together, and place the meat in the bag for a few hours.

Putting it all together

Now that you know the basics, you can perfect any marinade. For a good place to start, opt for a simple steak marinade. First, combine wine and vegetable oil in your bag. Then, add in a little extra boost of acid with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. For the herbs, mix in oregano, cumin, and garlic. Finish with a dash of sugar and some salt and pepper.

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If you like your steak a little zesty, spice your marinade up with a bit of mustard. Try combining your red wine with olive oil, a spoonful of our Sweet Hot Mustard, a couple sprigs of fresh rosemary, some coarsely chopped garlic, and salt and pepper.

With a red wine marinade, you can make your steak more tender, more delicious, and more memorable than ever before. Marinate our Pfaelzer Famous Filet Mignon at home to taste for yourself how well red wine and steak really go together.

Unique Seasonings for the Pfaelzer Brothers Ultimate Burgers

With our Pfaelzer Brothers Ultimate Burgers, you get 8 oz. individually packaged filet patties with all of the juicy flavor you crave in your burger. While all you really need to make these burgers amazing is a nice sear and maybe a slice of cheddar, part of the fun of eating burgers is adding your own unique flavor. Create a burger that is perfect for you with these seasoning ideas.

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Spice it up

The right seasonings can add a little zip or really bring out the hearty beef flavor of the meat. To create a perfectly balanced burger with just the tiniest hint of sweetness, try adding a few tablespoons of our Sweet Hot Mustard. If you are looking to go spicy, a bit of Sriracha is always a good option.

Herbs are another way to add depth of flavor. Thyme, for example, gives your burger a pleasing woody taste. If you really want to highlight the beautiful beef flavor, steak sauce, with notes of vinegar, dried fruit, tomatoes, and pepper, or sweet and tangy Worcestershire are perfect.

Make it even more juicy

Some burger additions add moisture, making the meat juicier. Egg, for example, binds the meat together and gives the burger a nice texture. Two more options for adding juiciness and extra flavor are bread crumbs, which give you a toasty note, and onion, which provides a bit of sweetness.

Add something unexpected

If you are looking for a more earthy flavor, try dried mushrooms. Red wine will add peppery notes, sesame oil gives you a bit of nutiness, and capers will fill your burger with bursts of saltiness.

No matter what you put in your Ultimate Burger, you know that it is going to be amazing. Order your Pfaelzer Brothers burgers, steaks, and seafood today to make your next barbecue the best one yet.

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Sweet Hot Corned Beef & Cabbage

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, it is time to dress in green, decorate your home with shamrocks, and make a big pot of corned beef & cabbage. If you’ve never made your own corned beef, you may find that it is easier than you thought. Impress your guests with the authentic flavors of this Sweet Hot Mustard Corned Beef recipe using our Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard.

Prepare your beef

Although traditional corned beef is boiled, baking infuses the beef with tons of extra flavor. The recipe is so simple, you can easily try it both ways.

Start by removing the corned beef from the package. If you are baking the beef, just toss the spice packet, you will be adding plenty of flavor. As corned beef can be salty, you may want to boil the meat before baking to draw out some of the excess sodium.

After you have removed the beef from the water, place it with the fat side up on a piece of aluminum foil. Then, dot the beef with cloves and cover it with a nice layer of our Sweet Hot Mustard and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Wrap the beef in foil, and roast for two hours or until tender.

If you choose to boil the beef, simply add the spice packet to the water and simmer until cooked through. Before serving either version, add an extra touch of mustard.

Make your cabbage

Baked corned beef pairs wonderfully with sauteed cabbage. In a large pan, cook onions and garlic. Then, add thinly sliced green cabbage, and don’t touch it until the cabbage has begun to brown. When your veggies have a nice caramel color, give them a flip and and add salt and pepper to taste.

For a more traditional version, boil your cabbage. After removing the beef from the pot, simply add the cabbage and boil until tender.

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The bold and delicious flavor of our Sweet Hot Mustard adds a nice zesty note to your traditional St. Patrick’s Day feast. To make any holiday celebration more memorable, bring home some Hickory Farms today.