You know that jar of marmalade that’s been in your cabinet forever? Well, if you’re sick of staring at it and wondering if you’ll ever find a way to use it, we have some suggestions. There are a lot of ways to incorporate marmalade into a savory dish, and it will inject a bright citrus flavor into your meal without the pain of zesting or juicing. Scroll through for our five favorite marmalade dinner hacks. No marmalade? No problem. These ideas will also work well with most other preserves.
1. Turn it into a sweet and savory glaze for roasted meat. Beef or pork tenderloin may look and taste impressive, but they’re actually super easy to make and great for feeding a crowd. To take tenderloin up a notch, use marmalade in a scrumptious sauce. You’ll want to thin it out with a little vinegar and some stock or soy sauce, season it, and brush it over the roast before cooking. Try it with this recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Orange Marmalade Glaze. (via Simply Recipes)
2. Upgrade your ho-hum sandwich. Marmalade brings out the best in toasty sandwiches. Add a layer to bread, top with the rest of your fillings and second slice of bread, and cook in a buttered skillet for a few minutes on each side. We love it on a turkey sandwich, or this *yummy* Grilled Cheese. (via Confessions of a Chocoholic)
3. Whip up a tasty salad dressing. Marmalade lends that perfect amount of sweetness and acidity to leafy greens. Sub it into recipes that call for honey or maple syrup (and balance the seasonings accordingly), or try it in this delicious Grilled Chicken Salad With Goat Cheese, Roasted Beets, and Orange Balsamic Dressing. (via Yes to Yolks)
4. Amp up your dinner with a dipping sauce. On days that call for comfort food, homemade chicken nuggets hit the spot (and the dipping sauces could be our favorite part). This Crispy Coconut Chicken With Spicy Honey Orange Sauce is a slightly more sophisticated version, so you can still feel like you’re adulting. The ingredients are pretty wholesome too. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)
5. DIY a marinade for your next grill session. Forget about jarred grilling sauces — use marmalade or preserves as the base for your own marinade. The sugar content helps create a nice caramelization, just be careful not to let it burn. Check out this Hawaiian Chicken Skewer recipe, which mixes marmalade with other tasty ingredients like soy sauce and ginger. (via FoodieCrush)
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