the butcher’s inferno meatloaf [bacon-wrapped chorizo and beef meatloaf]

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When I found out the Butcher was stomping his way into the Nexus, I was over joyed. Thankfully, the wait is over and you can now enjoy everyone’s favorite meat-crazed demon in Heroes of the Storm!

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What a fitting mount! Let’s hope Billie doesn’t end up grilled after this game...

He’s one of the most memorable bosses from the Diablo series, and when I first started playing Diablo III, I thought the Act I fight against him was pretty awesome.

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You basically run the risk of being completely engulfed in flames if you can’t kill him before his enrage timer.

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Toasty!

You would think that since he’s always surrounded by fire, he’d be pretty good at barbecuing. Do you think they have BBQ competitions in Sanctuary and the Burning Hells? Hmmm

Anyway, since I don’t have a BBQ grill, I decided to create a different type of meaty treat. It’s a spicy little meatloaf full of FRESH MEAT! VEGETABLES BAD. MEAT GOOD!

And because The Butcher lives in such a sizzling place, I decided to add a little heat with some fresh jalapeño peppers. Of course, that is only Torment I level spice… If you wanna bump it up to Torment VI, add in some habañero. But if you want to go to Torment X, I suggest you try getting your hands on some crushed Ghost Chili Peppers and some Trinidad Scorpion Chilies.

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon of cumin
  5. 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
  6. 1/2 cup of ketchup
  7. 1 egg
  8. 5 cloves of garlic, diced
  9. 1 cup of bread crumbs
  10. 1 onion diced
  11. 1 bell pepper, diced
  12. 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
  13. 1 lb of chorizo, casing removed
  14. 1 lb of bacon
  15. 1 lb of ground lean beef (I used 90/10)

BUILD ORDER

Prep time for this recipe is about 45 minutes. Total cook time is 1 hour 10 minutes. This makes about 5 servings.

OPENING

  1. Set a pan on medium heat and add in your olive oil.
  2. Sweat your diced onions and garlic.
  3. Remove and set aside. You’ll want them to cool before adding them to your meat mixture.

MID GAME

  1. In a bowl, combine your chorizo and ground beef.
  2. Season lightly with your salt, pepper and cumin. Since the chorizo is already spiced, you don’t need to add that much more seasoning.
  3. Add in your worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Stir to combine.
  4. Add in your egg and bread crumbs. Stir to combine.
  5. Add in your diced bell pepper and jalapeño peppers and stir. You may have to use your hands at this point to make sure the mixture is thoroughly combined.blog_infernomeatloaf_mix

LATE GAME

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Remember, this dish has chorizo AND bacon, so there will be a A LOT of fat and oils! Make sure your dish is properly lined to reduce clean-up!
  3. Pour your meat mixture onto the baking sheet and form it into a loaf.
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  4. Now comes the fun part: create a bacon weave over your meatloaf! If you don’t want to create a bacon weave, you can wrap the bacon around the meatloaf in any way you’d like.
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  5. Place the meatloaf in the oven and cook for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature hits 160°.
  6. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Eat!

GG WP!

Now you’re ready to serve this meaty meal to your fellow Nephalems in Sanctuary or your team of Heroes in the Nexus! Just make sure you don’t let Tyrael get to this… You know how he is about eating.

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“Being a mortal is very complicated”

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Aww yes….FRESH MEAT.

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See you in the Eternal Conflict!

burning hells popsicles [peach old fashioned popsicles]

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The weather has been heating up which means that summer is upon us! You know what will cool you down in the heat? POPSICLES!

So, I invited an honorable guest to help me create these frozen delicacies… And let me tell you, he sure knows a thing or two about how to deal with the heat!

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Tiny bourbon for a tiny Lord of Terror.

I must imagine that it must get pretty damn hot in the Burning Hells, and I would imagine that Diablo likes to enjoy a good cocktail or two while he’s plotting the demise of the Nephalem. I always knew he was an Old Fashioned kind of demon.

For this recipe, instead of going with something spicy to burn your mouth , I decided to go with a different type of burn: BOOZE!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. 1 oz of bitters
  2. 3 oz of bourbon
  3. 1 cup of cherries, pitted
  4. 2 cups of orange juice
  5. 1 peach, chopped
  6. OPTIONAL: sweetener of your choice*

*These popsicles are a little bit on the tart side, if you want it to be sweeter, feel free to add 1/2 tablespoon to each of the mixtures before freezing.

BUILD ORDER

Total prep time for this recipe is about 20 minutes. Total idle time is about 8 hours (or 5 – 6 hours if you make this without the alcohol).
This makes about 6 popsicles.

OPENING

  1. Combine your chopped peach and 1 cup of orange juice in a blender. Add in 1/2 of your bitters and bourbon.
  2. Blend the mixture and set aside.

MID GAME

  1. Combine your remaining orange juice, bourbon, bitters and cherries in a blender.
  2. Blend the mixture and set aside. The cherry mixture should be less viscous than the peach mixture.

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LATE GAME

  1. Begin pouring in your orange and peach mixture into each popsicle mold. You’ll want to fill it up to 2/3 of the mold.
  2. Top off each mold with the cherry mixture. Using a chopstick or knife, poke the cherry mixture into the peach mixture. This will cause the cherry color to bleed into the orange color.
  3. Let chill for 8 hours.blog_burninghellspop_pops
  4. Remove the popsicles from the mold.
  5. Eat!

GG WP!

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Since this recipe does contain alcohol, I do recommend making these popsicles right before you sleep since alcohol takes a much longer time to freeze. As a result, they’ll also defrost faster once you take them out, so eat them quickly!

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If you don’t like alcohol, or if you want to make this kid-friendly, this recipe works great without the bourbon and bitters. You’ll just need to add a little bit more orange juice.

Now, go forth and enjoy the warm weather, Nephalem!