Saturday, March 6, 2010

Twice and Still Nice

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Is it really Saturday already? This week flew by which was surprising—I thought for sure it would drag by due to the fact that it’s the kick-off of spring break! I get 10 days off which is great, and when I go back it’ll be 1/4 of the school year left—time flies! Today won’t be a relaxing Saturday—I need to finish packing and  take care of all the last minute things around the house. I leave for Boston tomorrow morning from the local airport and return on Thursday, so posting may be somewhat scarce! If you have spring break, what are you going to do?

So awhile back, I posted about my first eating encounter with buffalo. I really developed a taste for it and couldn’t wait to try it in some more recipes. Substituting it for beef was my goal since I am not the biggest fan of  beef flavor. And since we’ve finally fired up the grill—helloooo spring fever!---what better meal to make then good ol’ grilled hamburgers? Bison burgers that is! Just a notebison is a bit drier due to the fact that it is very lean, but it still makes a superb burger. And you know me, I don’t like eating the same meal twice, so I decided to turn the burgers into a whole other dish—I am satisfied with both—try em out!

Grilled Bison Burgers

Makes 6-7 patties

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb ground bison meat
  • 1/4 c Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s seasoning
  • 6-7 whole wheat buns
  • Optional toppings: Caramelized red onions, sliced pickles, skillet fennel apples. (1 thinly sliced braeburn apple, 1/2 tsp oil, 1 tsp fennel seed---sautéed 4 minutes or until soft)

Directions:

  • Put ground bison in a bowl, mix with breadcrumbs, and Lawry’s seasoning.
  • Warm grill to low heat, place on the grill--cook to desired doneness, flipping once.
  • Meanwhile, prepare toppings—toast buns on grill if you want.

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Italian Butternut Bison Shepherd’s Pie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 bison burger—crumbled
  • 1/2 c fresh button mushrooms
  • 1/4 c roasted red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 c tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1/2 c cubed butternut squash
  • 2 Tbsp  c milk
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Spray two 3 cup custard cups with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In medium bowl crumble bison burger. Add button mushrooms, tomato sauce, roasted bell pepper, and Italian seasoning.

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  • Divide evenly among custard cups.

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  • Slice parsnips into 1 inch slices. Put cubed butternut squash and parsnips in microwave safe bowl—microwave for 4 minutes or until fork tender. Add veggies, Worcestershire sauce, and milk to food processor or Magic Bullet. Pulse until a mashed potato consistency is formed.
  • Divide mixture in half, and spread evenly on top of bison mixtures. Top with feta cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until top starts to brown.

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Have a great weekend!

12 comments:

Jenny said...

I have actually never jumped on the buffalo train but i'm very intrigued. These burgers sound great!

Yay spring break :) enjoy the down time, love! xo

Krista said...

We LOVE bison at my house. I usually do burgers or chili, but shepards pie sounds fabulous, too.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I adore the leaness of bison. The burger and Italian shepard pie looks delish!

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Kris said...

I used to love bison before I stopped eating meat. It's so nice and lean!

Erica said...

Hope you have a FABULOUS time on your trip! We just got back from a trip....I can't believe tomorrow is Sunday already, yikes! I think Josh would really like bison...I need to get him some to try. I've missed ya girl

Kerstin said...

Mmmm, I've never cooked with bison, but I like it and should get my hands on some! Both dishes look so tasty!

Jessica said...

We'll be having bison burgers sometime this week - really like them! I made the peanut buttery bars, they are super and i can't stop eating them!

Kim said...

I love your idea for a buffalo shepard's pie. It looks so delicious. I hope you have a wonderful spring break. I've always wanted to go to Boston. It looks like such a fun city to explore. Have lots of fun:D

Sook said...

Oh what a fantastic idea!

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