3 Traeger Treat Recipes
( Sneak Peak: Outdoor Kitchen Remodel)
It’s summertime and the temperature (and the grills) are HOT!! It is one of my favorite seasons to spend ALL my time outdoors playing, eating, entertaining, and enjoying the warm weather and sunshine that seems so far away during a Michigan winter.
What could make it even better? A perfect outdoor kitchen or at least a great grill to work in while preparing some awesome (sometimes healthy) outdoor dinners, treats, and even drinks (yes, you read that right!) You can actually make some tasty drinks on the grill!!
The answer to all that is YES, PLEASE!!
Currently we are working on an outdoor kitchen that needs some desperate updating.
Lots will need to happen to remodel this space, but imagine the end result! A brand new facelift and this outdoor kitchen will be ready for cooking, entertaining, and more. Stay tuned for updates on this outdoor remodeling project.
Now for GRILLING! Every outdoor kitchen needs a great grill!
Recently a new type of grill was introduced onto the scene called the Traeger. https://www.traeger.com
This is a wood pellet grill that has the capability to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and bbq (WOW!) What more could you ask for in a grill? Plus, it leaves an awesome wood flavor in your food. The Traeger is simple to use and has features very similar to cooking in a convection oven. The idea is to “set the grill and then fix yourself a nice cocktail and let the magic happen! Sounds perfect to me, and added bonus, easy cleanup and you are not heating up your kitchen.
I connected with a friend who LOVES to cook and especially loves to try new recipes on the Traeger. I asked her to share a few recipes with all of us newbies who thought grills were just for hamburgers and steaks. She has tried making pies, drinks, side dishes and more!
Here are a few favorites:
Smoked Grapefruit Margarita:
Makes 6 cocktails
3 Grapefruits, halved
1 Jalapeno, halved
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
4 limes, juiced
4 oz agave syrup (more or less depending on taste)
2 oz Mezcal
4 oz Repasado Tequila
2 oz orange liquor
Set Traeger to 180F and place the grapefruit halves cut side down directly on the grates and smoke for 1 hour. Flip the grapefruits over (cut side up), and add the jalapeños to the grill and turn the heat up to 300F for 20-30 minutes. Remove the grapefruit and jalapeños from the grill and let cool completely (you do this the day before and put them in the fridge overnight).
In a shaker, place the jalapeños, rosemary, and granulated sugar and muddle. Add lime juice and agave to the shaker, top with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain mixture into a pitcher and set to the side. Juice the cooled grapefruit halves and add juice to the pitcher. Add Mezcal, Tequila, and orange liquor. Stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges. YUMMY!!
SMOKED SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE:
3 large sweet potatoes
⅔ cup maple syrup
½ cup butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beater
½ cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat Traeger to 275F. Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork and place on the grill. Bake for 1-2 hours or until the potatoes are completely cooked through (you might want to place them on a baking sheet once the sugars start caramelizing to keep your grill clean). You want the insides of the potatoes mushy and caramelized as much as possible.
Remove the potatoes from the grill and allow them to cool enough to handle easily. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop the insides into a large mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the marshmallows to the mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the mixture until well combined and no lumps remain. Pour into a medium sized casserole dish and put the marshmallows on top. Place onto the preheated grill at 350F and bake for 30 minutes.
And finally for all my Gluten Free peeps out there!
GLUTEN FREE STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP:
3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
3 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
½ Lemon, zested and juiced
½ cup granulated sugar
4 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup GF flour blend
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
½ cup melted butter
Preheat the Traeger to 350F. Place lemon zest, sugar, and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add strawberries, rhubarb, and stir until all the fruit is covered with the sugar/cornstarch mixture. Add lemon juice and stir to combine. Dump the filling into a 12 inch cast iron pan, dutch oven, or extra large baking dish and set aside. For the topping, add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add melted butter and stir to incorporate. Sprinkle the topping over the filling. Place the pan on the Traeger and bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
You can find these recipes and more on her instagram page https://www.instagram.com/mitten.bbq.gh/
So get out there and start grilling up some tasty treats! Summer doesn’t last forever (unfortunately).