I saw the above picture when I was perusing for recipes. Salivating yet? When I saw this picture, I knew I had to make it. I mean, just look at it! Meat, cheese, barbecue sauce… all of these things are delicious. This recipe, much like all Ambitious Kitchen’s recipes, had to be delicious. After cooking and biting into the cheesy goodness, oh my goodness, it was just that…delicious!
This recipe was rather simple to make. After mixing all of the ingredients (minus the cheese) into a bowl, put half of the mix into a bread loaf pan. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Then add the second half of the mixture. Paint the top of the loaf with some more barbecue sauce, put it into the oven, and voila! It’s done!
I have never had an Ambitious Kitchen recipe that didn’t go well. She thinks of recipes that I never would have thought to make, and they are all simple and wonderfully delicious. This recipe is a perfect example. The barbecue sauce was the main flavor, so make sure that you have one that you like. The one I used was “Texas True” from Whole Foods and is a vinegar based sauce. The meat was perfectly cooked, and the cheese was oozy and added a nice texture.
I paired the meal with Qupé 2013 Syrah from the Central Coast of California. It has a screw top and doesn’t need to breathe for more than 15 minutes before it is ready to drink. This one is initially full of cherries and blackberries, and then finishes with spice and dried flowers. It is more fruit forward, with spice at the end. It has a medium body, and is rather smooth and easy to drink for such spice. It’s color is gorgeous; magenta in the light and plum in the dark.
I paired these two together because I thought the spicy fruit of the wine would go well with the barbecue sauce. I thought that the medium body would also be able to withstand the vinegar based sauce. I thought wrong. If anything, the wine only made the barbecue sauce more vinegary and the wine’s spicy notes more spicy. It wasn’t good. I set my wine aside, drank my water, and enjoyed my food and my wine..separately. 1 grape.
Wine: Qupé 2013 Syrah, Central Coast, California ($18.99? from Dominion Wine and Beer)