Monday, August 30, 2010

Bison Burgers

     Several years ago on one of our road trips John and I stopped into a unique food shop near Fredericksburg Texas, whittingtons jerky.Their specialty is Meat Jerkys, and they have all kinds. John had in the past made homemade jerky in his food dehydrator but I was not a jerky eater and never thought I would become one. 

     This jerky was tender, delicious and full of flavor. We tried several varieties and left with a pound of their buffalo jerky. This was right about the time Buffalo was reemerging in popularity and becoming more available in local markets. 

   On the strength of the excellent flavor of the jerky we immediately returned to our local grocery store and purchased a pound of ground bison. We prepared it as we would a classic burger but it cooked a bit faster and the flavor was just delicious. We were hooked. Its now quite a common thing for our guests to be fed bison burgers, bison stew and bison steak when sharing dinner at our house. If you haven’t tried it please give it a try. Bison is so much easier to find then it was years ago. We generally pay $4.99 to $5.99 a pound for the ground bison and it is worth every penny. 

     I like to serve this with oven baked sweet potato fries. Peeled and cut like  french fries tossed in a bit of oil and sprinkled with S&P (there are countless great sweet potato recipes to be found.Tonight I add some summer corn, seasonal and sweet

Bison     $5.00
Buns       $2.00 We like whole wheat buns. Sometimes I bake them and sometimes at certain times of year we find treats like hatch green Chile burger buns
Roasted green chiles to top the burgers $ .75
Sweet Potato  $1.00
corn 2 ears   $.40

Total $9.15

TIP OF THE DAY: We all tend to get in a rut with the selection of our proteins. Try something new next time you’re at the meat counter. Step out of your comfort zone. There is a recipe out there for practically anything you can think of so experiment and have some fun

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