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Hot Chocolate Blackberry Marinade

Author: Juli


  • 1/2 cup oregano leaves - peeled from the stem
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1,5 tsp pepper
  • 2 T red vine vinegar
  • 1 cup 15-20 blackberries
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 T sweet soy sauce
  • 2 -3 T cacao powder


  • Give the garlic, salt and 1 T olive oil in narrow mixing bowl or mortar and mix or pestle until you have a pale white and smooth mixture
  • Add the remaining 1 T olive oil, salt, pepper, vinegar and oregano and mix/ pestle again until you have a thick mixture - the oregano should not be leafy anymore
  • Now add the cherries and pestle or blend again until you have a smooth marinade
  • At last add he Sriracha and cacao powder and stir in until well incorporated


For this recipe, as well as almost all my marinades I recommend to use a mortar or hand-held blender. If you follow this step by step instructions the marinade turns out much smoother and creamier and less chunky in my experience. If you don't care you can just thow everything in a food processor and blend until smooth. But it gets way creamier when you follow the above description.
To marinade the meat I always use a freezer bag. I pour all the marinade in a large bag, add the meat and let marinade at room temperature for 1 h or in the fridge up to 24 h.
The recipe is enough for 1 kg beef, if you don't need all the marinade at once just freeze the remaining for later use