Once a month my blogger buddies and I publish our recipes that were developed on 4 randomly chosen ingredients, very much like a grilling bloggers version of the Food Network’s own “chopped”. The only rules to this exercise are that the protein must be cooked on the grill and everything else is pretty much fair game (pun intended).
This month’s ingredient list was:
Meat: Ground Beef
Veggie: Winter Squash
When I first saw this ingredient list I thought to myself “How am I going to grill ground beef??!!!” However, the more I thought about it, the more I thought “Meatloaf!”. So that’s what I did.
First of all, I’ve heard so many great things about quinoa that I was excited to try it out. As far as grains go, Quinoa is the bomb because it is a “complete protein” and also high in iron, fiber, amino acids and is also gluten free! Wow, why have I not tried this before?!
For the squash:
While most meatloaf recipes are made with bread crumbs, I substituted the bread crumbs with the cooked quinoa.
Cook the quionoa according to directions. For additional flavor, substitute the water for chicken broth.
Mix the beef with the quinoa and the rest of the ingredients. Take a little additional rub and sprinkle on the top. Add additional sage leaves on the top of the meatloaf.
Meanwhile, slice the acorn squash and drizzle with olive oil. Add the curry, brown sugar and sea salt.
Bake the meatloaf for about an hour on a medium heat grill for about an hour, or until the internal temp reaches 170 degrees.
Serve with hot sauce. You will love the sweet and savory taste of this meatloaf!
All the other recipes developed by the “On Our Grills” bloggers:
Into the Flames
Rob launched Into The Flames in the summer of 2010 as a way to share his passion for cooking, eating, and exploring food.
His October Challenge Recipe:
Nibble Me This
Nibble Me This is Chris Grove’s blog about his misadventures in live fire cooking. ”I have no culinary training….I’m just entertaining myself with fire and food”.
Chris’ January Challenge Recipe:
No Excuses BBQ
The No Excuses BBQ website was started in January of 2009 as a way to record the author’s goal of cooking outdoors at least once a week throughout the year and showing the results to the world. Somewhere along the way things got out of control…
No Excuses BBQ’s January Ingredient Challenge Recipe: