Smoked Meatloaf Sandwich

An old friend of mine recently sent me a picture, with words of excitement, of his smoked meatloaf. I always get excited about things like that, and it was funny that he sent it as it was on my list of things to make. With that said, I had recently updated my Weber kettle grill with the Smokenator 1000 (a product review will be posted in the near future). So as I was smoking a pork shoulder using this new accessory, I decided to whip up a quick meatloaf in a small pan, and smoke that as well, just to see how it would go. Holy moly, this friend was right. A perfect smoked flavor on what you know as a classic meatloaf, and one that was super tender and delicious. My wife and I had it for dinner this week, and just fell in love with it. She warmed it up and ate it as a classic meatloaf, and I decided to make a sandwich out of it, and let’s just say they were both phenomenal.

Smoked Meatloaf Sandwich Recipe

If you are busting out the smoker this week, give this one a shot. It was really great.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 3/4 cup of onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed, diced
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • aluminum pan to fit the meat loaf
  • buns, optional
  • BBQ sauce, optional

Start by soaking the bread in the milk, then get a large mixing bowl out and add in the remaining ingredients.

Once the bread is soaked, add the bread to the mixture, and then using your hands, combine to make sure all of the ingredients are nicely incorporated, but not overly mixed.

Add the meatloaf into your aluminum pan, and place into your preheated smoker (mine was stable at around 235 degrees). Cover, and let this smoke for about 2 hours, or until your internal temperature of the meatloaf is at around 165 degrees. Once that internal temperature has been met, carefully remove the pan (careful as it is hot, and there are plenty of juices. I use a couple of pair of tongs to do this.)

How to smoke a meatloaf

 

Once the meatloaf has slightly cooled, remove it from the pan, and cut it into slices.

Again, I made mine into a sandwich, and lightly seared it on a nonstick skillet for a few minutes. I then slathered some of my favorite barbecue sauce on the bottom bun, topped with the smoked meatloaf, and garnished it with a pickle.

The end result is nothing short of amazing, and I’m glad my old friend nudged me to move a bit quicker to make the smoked meatloaf. I used apple wood chips for the smoke, and it left just the right amount of smoke to make this not only a great meatloaf, but an awesome sandwich to boot. Hope you enjoy!

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Yum Woon Sen – Thai Noodle Salad

Don’t you just love hearing new words, like this one, yum woon sen? I do, and what I love even more is trying new things and making them later on, because there are those days where you might crave these types of flavors. Yum Woon Sen is nothing short of flavor. It’s essentially a bean thread salad loaded with fresh herbs, vegetables, and roasted peanuts. You can go the route and add things like minced pork or shrimp, but to me I think leaving those out are just perfectly fine.

If you are looking for a light salad that is packed with great flavors, and one that is a great side dish on a hot summer day, then give this one a shot.

Thai Yum Woon Sen

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bundles of bean thread noodles, soaked in luke warm water
  • 1 whole roma tomato, pulp removed, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 whole shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 Thai bird chilies, stems removed, thinly sliced (add more if you like it real spicy)
  • 2 whole dried shrimp, pounded
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups of hot water

Start by making your dressing for the salad.

To a small bowl, add the juice of the two limes. Add in the fish sauce, and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Next, soak the noodles in warm water for about 10 minutes. These things can be a bit tricky so keep an eye on them. You still want them firm at this stage. After 10 minutes, strain the water, then add in the hot water. Stir the noodles, and let them cook for about 2-3 minutes, just until they soften, but not mushy. You don’t want mushy noodles. TRUST ME.

Once the noodles are softened, strain them and run cold water over of them. Strain again, gently squeezing any excess water from them, and place them into a large serving bowl.

Yum Woon Sen Ingredients

Now let’s make the salad.

Add in the remaining ingredients, with the exception of the dressing, and toss and turn to make sure everything is incorporated.

Now, pour in the dressing, and continue to lightly toss until everything looks great.

Dig in! This salad is so refreshing. It’s sour, it’s spicy, and it reminds me of som tam in a way, in a very good way. So if you are looking for a great salad that is really good on a hot summer day, this is the one! Hope you enjoy…

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Indian Aloo

I’ve told you that lately I have been on the Indian food craze. I must go in spurts on this kind of stuff, whether it be Asian cuisine, American comfort, or Mexican style food, but this whole flavor arena of Indian cooking has got me sold. What I love about much of Indian cuisine is not only all of the earthy spices, but the warmth that surrounds you when eating it. Anything similar to a curry sauce has got me, and this one in particular got me real good. It’s basically a lightly fried potato that gets bathed in an awesome sauce. It’s a great side dish, or heck even a main course.

Indian Dum Aloo

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 20 baby yukon gold potatoes, cleaned
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 whole roma tomatoes
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 whole green chili peppers, stems removed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • rice, cooked (optional)
  • naan, optional
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

Start by adding your potatoes to a pot and fill with cool water. Bring the potatoes to a boil, and cook just until fork tender.

During this time, make the paste, or sauce if you will.

Add the ginger, tomatoes, turmeric powder, and green chilies to a food processor. Pulse until you have a salsa like nice sauce.

How to make Indian Aloo

 

Once the potatoes are cook, strain and set to the side.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat, and after a minute or two, add the canola oil. Once heated, add the potatoes to the skillet, and give the skillet a nice swirl. You going to crisp the skin on these potatoes for about 8 minutes. Once they are getting crispy remove the potatoes to a plate and reserve for later.

To the same skillet add in the cumin and mustard seeds, and let them sizzle for about a minute, stirring along the way.

Next add in your onions, and cook these until they are super tender, but not caramelized, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the cinnamon, garam masala, and coriander powder.

Add in the sauce and continue to stir. Add in your salt, and yogurt and give another good stir. Once the sauce begins to simmer, add in the potatoes, and again stir. Cook for about 10 more minutes to let the flavors meld.

Now you are ready to plate. If you are not already anxious to eat this due to the aroma in your kitchen, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you!

Serve alongside rice or naan, or other warm Indian bread, and shower with fresh cilantro if you desire.

Hope you enjoy!

Indian Aloo
Recipe type: Sides
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 20 baby yukon gold potatoes, cleaned
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 whole roma tomatoes
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 whole green chili peppers, stems removed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1½ tsp salt, to taste
  • rice, cooked (optional)
  • naan, optional
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
Instructions
  1. Start by adding your potatoes to a pot and fill with cool water. Bring the potatoes to a boil, and cook just until fork tender.
  2. During this time, make the paste, or sauce if you will.
  3. Add the ginger, tomatoes, turmeric powder, and green chilies to a food processor. Pulse until you have a salsa like nice sauce.
  4. Once the potatoes are cook, strain and set to the side.
  5. Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat, and after a minute or two, add the canola oil. Once heated, add the potatoes to the skillet, and give the skillet a nice swirl. You going to crisp the skin on these potatoes for about 8 minutes. Once they are getting crispy remove the potatoes to a plate and reserve for later.
  6. To the same skillet add in the cumin and mustard seeds, and let them sizzle for about a minute, stirring along the way.
  7. Next add in your onions, and cook these until they are super tender, but not caramelized, about 10 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon, garam masala, and coriander powder.
  8. Add in the sauce and continue to stir. Add in your salt, and yogurt and give another good stir. Once the sauce begins to simmer, add in the potatoes, and again stir. Cook for about 10 more minutes to let the flavors meld.
  9. Now you are ready to plate. If you are not already anxious to eat this due to the aroma in your kitchen, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you!
  10. Serve alongside rice or naan, or other warm Indian bread, and shower with fresh cilantro if you desire.

 

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Baingan Bharta

I’ve been on an Indian food making deal lately. I’m not sure if my attempt is to start eating more healthy, or if it is to get rid of an array, and large quantity of Indian spices. Who knows, but I’m leaning more on the side of trying to eat more healthy, and I think Indian food, for the most part, is a good example of using great spices that are good for you, as well as getting more vegetables incorporated into the meat. This is a perfect example of this type of dish, baingan bharta.

Baingan bharta is roasted eggplant dip, similar in some ways to baba ghanoush. This one however uses different spices, and really makes it an awesome eggplant curry that is perfectly paired with naan, or other Indian style bread, or better yet served with a small bit of rice.

Baingan Bartha Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole eggplant, medium to large in size
  • 2 whole vine ripened tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 whole red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely diced
  • 2 whole green Indian chili, stem removed, or 1 for less spiciness
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro

The beauty of this is the roasting of the eggplant. Much like baba ghanoush, you can get your charcoal grill going, and place the eggplant directly onto the coals so you get that awesome smoky flavor into the dip.

If you do not have a charcoal grill, you could roast on high heat in the oven until the flesh is nice and charred all the way around the eggplant.

Once the eggplant cools, and trust me you want it to cool, remove the skin, and reserve the rest of the eggplant.

Chop the eggplant into medium sized cubes and set to the side as you prepare the remaining ingredients.

To a food processor, add the tomatoes, green chili, and ginger and pulse until you have a salsa like consistency.

How to make baingan bartha

 

To a large skillet, on medium-high heat, add in the canola oil, letting it come to temperature. Add in the cumin seeds and let them begin to pop, only a few seconds, then add in the bell pepper, and tomato mixture. Give this a good stir and let it come to a simmer.

Next add in the remaining spices, and continue to stir. Once all of the spices are incorporated, add in the chopped eggplant. Let this cook on medium heat, uncovered for about 10 minutes. Everything should begin to thicken, just a bit. Remove from the heat, and let it cool to room temperature.

Now you are ready to serve. Add some of the eggplant dip to a serving dish, top with some cilantro, and serve alongside warm naan or cooked rice.

This stuff is highly addicting. It has all of those great Indian flavors that you would expect, along with some spice from the chilies. Let’s just say my daughter loved this, and I did as well. If you are looking for another great eggplant dip, give this one a try. I hope you enjoy!

Baingan Bharta
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Recipe type: Snacks, Dips, Sides
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Ingredients
  • 1 whole eggplant, medium to large in size
  • 2 whole vine ripened tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ whole red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger, finely diced
  • 2 whole green Indian chili, stem removed, or 1 for less spiciness
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. The beauty of this is the roasting of the eggplant. Much like baba ghanoush, you can get your charcoal grill going, and place the eggplant directly onto the coals so you get that awesome smoky flavor into the dip.
  2. If you do not have a charcoal grill, you could roast on high heat in the oven until the flesh is nice and charred all the way around the eggplant.
  3. Once the eggplant cools, and trust me you want it to cool, remove the skin, and reserve the rest of the eggplant.
  4. Chop the eggplant into medium sized cubes and set to the side as you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  5. To a food processor, add the tomatoes, green chili, and ginger and pulse until you have a salsa like consistency.
  6. o a large skillet, on medium-high heat, add in the canola oil, letting it come to temperature. Add in the cumin seeds and let them begin to pop, only a few seconds, then add in the bell pepper, and tomato mixture. Give this a good stir and let it come to a simmer.
  7. Next add in the remaining spices, and continue to stir. Once all of the spices are incorporated, add in the chopped eggplant. Let this cook on medium heat, uncovered for about 10 minutes. Everything should begin to thicken, just a bit. Remove from the heat, and let it cool to room temperature.
  8. Now you are ready to serve. Add some of the eggplant dip to a serving dish, top with some cilantro, and serve alongside warm naan or cooked rice.

 

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