Germany is surfing a heat wave right now. I speak of hitting 100°F / 38°C. It is so hot here, I feel like I am melting! You can’t do anything but eating ice cream or drinking smoothies during the day.
The very good thing about the heat is that the fruit is riping in a blink of an eye and you get all those lovely berries to unbelievable prices. Last week my recently retired father-in-law went cherry picking and gifted us to a pound of sweet yet firm, most perfect cherries. A few were eaten straight away, a few went to our lunch boxes and a few went into the newest marinade craze. I was toying around with a counterpart to the thyme I had left from my spiced butter and biting in those cherries I knew what had to happen.
I really love the use of fruit in a marinade. I’ve experimented with peach and strawberries in my marinades so far and loved every single bite. And now the creamy combination of herbs and cherry with a little spice provided by the pepper just takes the summer feeling to a whole new level. The marinade smells amazingly sweet and reminds me a bit of summers afternoons in my grandma’s backyard.
Cherry Thyme Marinade
- 1/3 cup thyme leaves - roughly peeled from the stem
- 3 T olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1,5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 T red vine vinegar
- 1/2 cup ~ 12 pitted cherries
- 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 2 T olive oil, salt, pepper, vinegar and thyme and mix/ pestle again until you have a thick mixture - the thyme should not be leafy anymore
- Now add the cherries and pestle or blend again until you have a smooth marinade
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.
This marinade goes along best with beef
After grilling let a little a decent chunk of the Lemon Thyme Butter melt on the hot meat
Okay guys now I have some work to get done and later I indulge in the best part summer has to give me: enjoying the evening on the balcony, the hubby by my side, chilled beer in hand and the grill gently roasting our cheeseburgers. Pure bliss!
Have a good Sunday friends and enjoy the summer