I signed up to be included in a challenge that Larry from The BBQ Grail came up with, where each month a bunch of idiots with grills (I use the term idiot mostly referring to myself) take a common list of four ingredients that actually may have nothing in common.
For my first challenge, I think I hit the jackpot! The ingredients are:
- Potatoes. I can do potatoes!
- Peas. Peas are one of my all time favorite veggies, no problem there
- Melon. I like melon, but I’m starting to wonder what to do with this… Here’s a hint: I copped out on this ingredient a bit!
- Tofu. I have no problem with… wait… did I read that right?… Tofu?!?!?
Ok, so I’m stuck with the list, just like everyone else. I’ll make the best of it!
I started with a brick of very firm tofu, and I did what I’d heard tofu-heads say to do. I drained t and put it between paper towels with a cast iron skillet for a weight, for about 30 minutes. I think sliced it into 8 slabs. My hopes weren’t high, but I put a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper on it, and put it on the grill.
I will say that the tofu grilled well, over a medium heat fire, and it took grill marks really well. While the tofu was grilling away, I added potato cubes that I’d partially cooked already, coated with olive oil and salt and pepper. For the peas, I used snow peas, lightly coated with olive oil.
Once everything was done, I plated the grilled ingredients along with some basil chimichurri sauce I whipped up. How I copped out on the melon was I just put cubes of melon as a side dish, with a bit of fleur de del salt.
The results look pretty decent…
After trying the tofu, my wife and both figured we could do without grilled tofu for a while. A long, long, long while. We did try it. That’s about all I can say.
I haven’t checked out next month’s challenge, but I hope tofu isn’t included!
And other entries in this months challenge are:
Larry Gaian of The BBQ Grail – ENTRY HERE
The BBQ Grail website was created in 2007, initially to document the author’s quest to find the perfect backyard BBQ experience. Since that time The BBQ Grail has become one of the more popular BBQ blogs on the internet and is listed on Alltop.com as one of the top BBQ blogs.
Paul Haight of No Excuses BBQ – ENTRY HERE
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…
Chris North of Nibble Me This –ENTRY HERE
The Nibble Me This website was created to share Chris’ misadventures in live fire cooking. ”I have no culinary training….I’m just entertaining myself with fire and food”.
Kristina Vanni of “The Daily Dish” – ENTRY HERE
Kristina has been writing “The Daily Dish” for www.BetterRecipes.com for the past two years. The blog covers a wide variety of recipes, but firing up the grill truly lights up her passion for food! She was named ”America’s Next Pork Personality” by Guy Fieri for one of her grilled pork dishes, won the outdoor grilling division of the National Beef Cook-Off, and her winning grilled lamb-burger took her all the way to the land Down Under with Meat and Livestock Australia. The “4-Ingredient Challenge” is a fun and exciting way to get creative on the grill!
Bob Fukushima of Bob’s Brew & Que – ENTRY HERE
Bob started Bob’s Brew and ‘Que in August of 2009 with the intent of sharing his views on food and drink. Originally focused on BBQ and Homebrew, it was inevitable that the influences of his upbringing in the San Francisco Bay Area and it’s wealth of ingredients as well as his heritage as an American of Japanese ancestry would help focus his blog, as it has his approach to food and drink.
Marc Van Der Wouw of Grill Adventures - ENTRY HERE
Grilladventures by broadcastmarc is started on march of 2010.I started the BBQ thing when I was 30,before that we eat a lot outside.have fun,but when the kids came in our life We start serious cooking.Most of it is realy healthy I think;-)The grill has a special place in my heart,We love to do things outside..Everything I make is an adventure,and sometimes we use the books.We try to grill as much as we can year round.
Jerry Russell of Cooking by the seat of my Pants! – ENTRY HERE
Cooking by the seat of my Pants began life as a way to document our culinary misadventures. Since then it has become our way to encourage people to cook without boundaries or recipes. To just get in the kitchen and cook something from the heart