Grilled Horseradish Meatloaf Sandwich - Even people that say they don't like meatloaf, like meatloaf when it's done right on the grill. Tonight we gather the ingredients for yet another meatloaf recipe. This time we need 1 lb. of ground bison, 1/2 of a chopped onion, 1/2 cup oats, 1 egg, a tablespoon each of chile sauce, dijon mustard and prepared horseradish, 1 teaspoon of Milwaukee Avenue seasoning and salt and pepper.
Mix all of the ingredients well in a large bowl until completely incorporated,
Form the mixture into a long thin loaf.
Now it's time to apply the glaze which is 1/2 chile sauce mixed with 1/4 each of dijon mustard and prepared horseradish. Mix well and brush on to the meatloaf.
Get a grill going with a two zone fire; one side at a medium heat and the other side cool. Place the meatloaf on the cool side of the grill.
Cover and cook the meatloaf over indirect heat for 40 minutes until it is nicely browned. then place it directly over the coals to get a little crust on it.
We bring the meatloaf inside and get a griddle going to medium heat then squirt a little olive oil on it. We slice the meatloaf in 2" pieces and flatten slightly to roughly the size of the garlic bread and place on the griddle. Once the interior gets a little crust on it, we top with a heaping amount of freshly shredded dill havarti.
We finish off the meatloaf slices in a 375 degree oven for about 5-7 minutes until the cheese melts which is just enough time to knock out the garlic bread. Add a little more olive oil to the griddle as well as to some rustic slices of Italian bread then we also sprinkle with garlic powder. Place the bread slices on the griddle until golden brown. The cheese on the meatloaf should also be nicely melted at this time and can be removed from the oven
Now we build. Spread some sweet hot mustard on the garlic bread and top with the cheesy meatloaf patty and a large fried onion ring.
The final touch is a squeeze of a homemade spicy red bbq sauce and this open-faced sandwich is ready to be inhaled. It was such a great combination of flavors and the meatloaf itself turned out super moist and flavorful.
Schlafly Kolsch - Previously unavailable in the Chicago area, the St. Louis microbrewery Schlafly has finally started distributing a portion of their line up to these parts. Today we paired up the meatloaf with their light and crisp kolsch. This lager pours a dark yellow and effervescent with a thick white foamy head. The aroma is tart and bitter like a Pilsner but the taste is much smoother and more muted than your typical tangy and astringent kolsch. What you do get is a fairly sweet malt forward beer with a crisp bite on the finish. We loved it with the meal as it cut right through the rich and hearty meatloaf with ease and provided a nice light compliment to the heavier fare.
Blue Snaggletooth "Beyond Thule" - One of our favorite things is when we listen to an album for the first time to feature it on these pages and it winds up being the soundtrack of our week or longer. Such is the case with this incredible new release "Beyond the Thule" from Ann Arbor's Blue Snaggletooth. The album features three key things; a perfect guitar tone that is infectiously dirty, a tight rhythm section that keeps the groove chugging along throughout and killer soaring vocals that will have you singing along to nearly every tune. The album starts off with "Reptiles" and right away that guitar sound will grab you by the throat and pull you in. The frenetic paced song is also really catchy reminding us of Bad Wizard right down to the vocals. One of the best tracks on the album is the heavy, building "Sleeping Mountain". The chunky riff and groove will have your head banging immediately. The great vocals just makes the song that much better. "Serpent and the King" has a little darker feel to recalling a little of the NWOBHM sound with Paul Stanley on vocals. It's another stellar track. There's a cool little southern stoner/sludge feel to "Silver Goddess" then a funky edge to "Gawkers". A cool early Iron Maiden-esque riff kicks off "All You See". It's a huge number that needs to be played loud. The band pulls out some serious blues chops on "Nameless Cults". The album ends with "Transmutation" and there is no pulling off the gas pedal here if anything they rip the doors clean off in this frenzied track. The solo on this track just smokes too. "Beyond Thule" was an awesome album after the first spin but it somehow just keeps getting better and better after each successive listen.