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I adore bison, it so low in fat and good for you and has a wonderful taste. This recipe has a wonderful tangy taste from the marinade mixed in with the pepper that comes through from the sauce. I served mine over buttery mushrooms and topped the steaks with asparagus wrapped in bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                Ingredients

4 Bison steak fillet (could use a less expensive cut.)

Marinade

1 330ml bottle brown beer
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
5 tablespoons lime juice, fresh
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco brand pepper sauce

For the Sauce

1/2 cup white wine
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper (Makes the sauce very peppery, add less if you want.)
21/2 Cups water
1 Teaspoon chicken stock granules
1 Teaspoon beef stock granules
1 Heaped teaspoon cornflour
1/2 cup whipping cream

Method

1. Mix beer, sugar, lime juice, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, oil, ginger and hot pepper sauce in large bowl or storage container to blend. Place steaks in marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. Bring white wine, chopped shallot and crushed peppercorns to boil in a pan, simmer until mixture is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

3.Add water, both the stocks and simmer until reduced to 11/2 Cups, mix a little water with the cornflour and pour into sauce, stir until mixture thickens, add cream stir to combine.

4. Remove steaks from marinade either BBQ or grill steaks until desired doneness. About 4 minutes a side for medium rare, If grilling move the wrack further away from the heat than you would have it for steak and if BBQ’ing make sure heat is lower than what you would have it for a steak. Cooking times will also be less for bison than steak. Bison meat has little or no fat and should be cooked no longer than necessary or it will toughen up.

If you want to serve it over mushrooms, here are the amounts you will need.

500-600g Mushrooms, Chopped (A mixture Swiss brown, oyster, shiitake, button etc.. whatever is available.)
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Clove garlic, crushed
11/2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped.

In a pan, melt butter, add garlic and mushrooms cook until soft and browned, stir in parsley.

To serve place several spoonfuls of mushrooms on plate top with steak, I also topped mine with asparagus spears, and drizzle sauce over.

All photo’s taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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Since we live near France and they are very big on their wild game from birds to meats, I buy a lot of different kind of meat as it is not to overpriced and it is something you can afford to do once a week during gaming season. Obviously the bison I buy is shipped in from Canada, we don’t see buffalo wandering over the mountains here and my jaw would hit the floor if I ever did.We are lucky though because every thing else is farmed locally. I will try just about anything once although the French have me beat, Horse is a very common meat, just like beef and lamb, and I have to say I just can’t bring myself to try it. I know it’s quite a hypocritical thing to say as I don’t mind eating chicken or beef or lamb which are cute when there young, but the thought of killing a horse and cutting it up for food just seems wrong.

Ingredients

600g Bison round roast (I was only cooking for 2 you will need 1.4-1.8kg for 4-6 people.)

All other ingredients are for 4-6 people
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
1/2 Cup orange juice
1/2 Cup marmalade (Generous Half cup)
1/2 Cup Balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
1 Teaspoon thyme

For the gravy

2/3 Cup red wine
1/4 Cup Madeira
1/2 Teaspoon beef stock granules (my stock is quite dense so you may have to adjust amount depending on what you use.)
11/2 Tablespoons Bisto gravy granules

Roast Garlic Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

Olive oil
500g Brussel sprouts
3 cloves garlic, crushed
6 Slices pancetta, chopped (discard any bits which are predominately fat)

Method

1. Melt butter in a pan, add shallots and cook until soft and browned. Add orange juice, marmalade, vinegar, pepper, sugar and thyme.

2. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer about 25-30 Min’s stirring occasionally, to thicken and reduce liquid amount. Remove from heat and set to one side, this is going to be the glaze for the meat. You can make this ahead of time if preferred and store in fridge until needed.

3. Heat a small amount of oil in a pan sear buffalo roast on both sides, transfer to a roasting tin and add half cup of water. I like to roast my meat in a very slow oven for a few hours and then turn it up to slow-moderately slow. Buffalo is very lean and to have perfect tender buffalo it should be cooked low and slow.

4. I begin brushing roast with glaze about an hour into cooking and continue to brush with glaze every 20 Min’s or so until cooked.

5. As a general guide line it should be about 125 Fahrenheit for rare and about 138 Fahrenheit for medium-rare when meat thermometer is inserted. You should also let the roast rest about 15 Min’s before carving.

6. If you are someone who can only eat well done meat then I would suggest finding a crock pot roast recipe where the meat is cooked all day and just falls apart and you don’t have to worry about overcooking. Buffalo steaks or roasts, should never be cooked well done you will get the same result as with any other meat you overcook, it will have the same palatability as an old boot.

7. While roast is resting, Place roasting pan over burners on stove leaving all the juices in pan, there should be quite a bit of liquid from water and glaze, leave this as it gives the gravy a lovely flavour. Add both the wines and beef stock stir over heat for a couple of minutes to deglaze, scrape up any brown bits. Add bisto granules and stir until mixture boils and thickens.

For the Sprouts

1. Leave any small sprouts whole and halve the medium ones, place in oven dish drizzle olive oil all over them and add crushed garlic mix to combine sprouts, oil and garlic. Place chopped pancetta over top of sprouts dividing equally.

2. Bake in 200c oven for about 20-25 Min’s until sprouts are browned on edges and tender. Add a few tablespoons of water and mix scraping up any brown bits, serve immediately.

To serve: Carve roast, place a few slices of meat on each plate top with gravy and serve with sprouts and sweet potato mash on the side.

All photo’s taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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I have never cooked bison before, but the local supermarket has been selling bison, wild boar, ostrich and many other game. I came home and asked my husband if he had tried it, he said he had had bison burgers once and said they were gorgeous. Since I was not about to mince up 2 nice looking steaks I went on line to find out how to cook it. It is pretty much the same as steak except slightly lower temperatures as it is very lean meat and you can over cook it. Anyway I cooked it last night and it was very good, I have also bought ostrich steaks, so keep checking for my post for that. I have cooked ostrich several times and I really like it.

Ingredients

Marinade

11/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 Dessertspoon Thai fish sauce
6 Sprigs fresh thyme
2 Cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 Cup dry white wine
pepper to taste

Sauce

Olive oil
11/2 Tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
1/2 Cup dry white wine
11/2 Teaspoons balsamic Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Chicken stock, concentrated ( powder, cube, past etc.. I use a very dense stock so you may have to adjust amount depending on what you use.)
11/2 Teaspoons sugar
11/2 Teaspoons cornflour
Reserved marinade

Method

1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a storage container or a Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight.

2. The next day remove steaks from marinade and strain marinade into a bowl and set to one side.

3. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan to a medium high heat, add steaks to pan and cook for 1 minute each side to sear. Turn heat down to medium and cook for a further 5-6 minutes a side for medium rare. ( My steaks were about 1 inch thick probably 3-4 minutes a side for 3/4 inch)

Cook longer for more well done steaks, just remember the meat is very lean and will toughen up if over cooked.

For the sauce

1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add shallots and saute until soft. Add wine, vinegar, stock, sugar and reserved marinade. Cook until mixture is quite hot, mix a small amount of water to cornflour. Pour cornflour into pan and stir until mixture boils and thickens serve immediately over steaks.

I served mine with mashed sweet potatoes and garlic buttered vegetables

To serve slice steaks into strips and arrange on plate and pour sauce over.

All photo’s taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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