VIDEO: Takashi’s Apple Marinade Recipe

To add a little fall inspiration to your meat, throw some apples into the mix. Takashi shows us how.

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Grilling season might have already peaked this year, but the secret weapon of marinades is actually right on time. To add a little fall inspiration to your meat, try adding apples into the mix. According to Takashi Inoue of Takashi in the West Village, an “apple’s acidity [actually] helps meat absorb the marinade.” So if you, like Takashi, enjoy using some of the tougher cuts, you can use an apple-based marinade to soften the meat.

One of the specialties of Takashi is utilizing every beef cut imaginable. Inoue starts with particularly good meat from local purveyors like Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and cooks in yakiniku style, a Japanese-based version of Korean barbecue that Inoue learned from his grandmother growing up in Osaka.

To learn how to make Inoue’s marinade, watch the video above or follow the full recipe below. He uses short rib but encourages using almost any beef cut with this recipe.

Read more about Dickson Farmstand Meats July-August 2011 issue. Earlier this year, we also covered Takashi in our May-June 2013 edition.

Takashi’s Easy Apple Marinade Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sake or white wine
8 oz. orange marmalade
1 apple, cored and quartered
1 oz .grated garlic
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon red chilli powder
3 tablespoon crushed sesame seeds
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 lb boneless short rib (Kalbi) thinly-sliced, about a quarter to half-inch thick
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Blend all ingredients except the beef and the vegetable oil in a food processor until well combined. Pour marinade into large stainless steel bowl. Add the thinly sliced meat to  the bowl and massage gently for about 10 minutes, ensuring meat is coated evenly. Heat vegetable oil in a grill pan on medium-high heat. Add beef pieces in batches, grilling until caramelized, about 1 minute each side. Serve with rice.

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Ali Rosen is the Founder and Host of Potluck Video, a site for food, drink and travel videos. Prior to Potluck Video, Ali created The Daily Meal Video Network for TheDailyMeal.com. In this role she hosted, shot and edited over 900 videos including the series 'At the Chef's Table,' featuring in-depth interviews with chefs including Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Rene Redzepi. Prior to The Daily Meal, Ali was an on-air reporter for NY1 and worked in production at NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams. She is originally from Charleston, SC but now calls New York home with her husband Daniel and dog Phoebe.