I have talked to Megan Patrylick every day since I was 14. I’m totally not exaggerating either. Since we met in 9th grade biology we’ve run in different social circles, gone to different colleges, and ended up on opposite sides of the Southeast. But seriously, I have talked to her at least pretty much everyday. And sometimes multiple times a day. As a result, I’m often influenced by the things she’s doing (though I will never not ever wear leopard print no matter how many matching bra and underwear sets she buys me). Recently she’s been on a Whole Foods kick (something about their Greek salad), and last week found a chipotle blackberry marinade. That Megan is marinading at all is a big deal seeing as in high school she broke her microwave by trying to dry her sneaker in it.
I had been trying to figure out something to do to spice up our chicken and grilled chicken salad nights, and I thought that I would experiment with making my own blackberry chipotle marinade. And it was SO delicious and SO easy. My only issue with it was that the seeds from the blackberries made a disconcerting crunch while you were eating the chicken, but that’s really just a tactile issue. I might press the blackberries through a fine grain strainer next time. It was also pretty spicy, so I sweetened it with honey. If you wanted to make it sweeter, you could just leave out the cayenne. I leave you with one related Megan anecdote. One time sitting at our dining room table, my brother Reid and I spent the better part of an hour trying to convince Megan that if you crossed the equator, you would not explode. I have never seen Reid look so incredulous. And that is why I love Megan and will continue to talk to her everyday.
Blackberry Chipotle Marinade
1 package of fresh blackberries
1 tsp chipotle
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp honey
Salt & pepper
Rinse your blackberries. Combine everything in a blender. Use half of the sauce to marinade your meat for at least one hour, and then use the rest as a sauce. If you want your sauce to be sweeter, add more honey.