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How To Cook Bison Stew Meat

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

Bison stew meat is a flavorful and tender cut that lends itself perfectly to hearty and comforting dishes like stews and braises. Follow this simple cooking guide to prepare a delicious dish and learn how to cook Bison Stew Meat to perfection:

Bison Stew Meat

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bison stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or cooking fat

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced

  • 2 celery stalks, sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups beef or vegetable broth

  • 1 cup red wine (optional)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley or rosemary) for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preparing the Meat:

    • Pat dry the bison stew meat with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This will aid in browning and prevent steaming.

    • Season the meat generously with salt and pepper.

  • Browning the Meat:

    • Heat the vegetable oil or cooking fat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

    • Working in batches, add the seasoned bison stew meat to the pot, ensuring not to overcrowd. Sear the meat on all sides until well browned, about 4-5 minutes per batch.

    • Remove the browned meat from the pot and set it aside.

  • Sautéing the Vegetables:

    • In the same pot, add the diced onion, sliced carrots, and sliced celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

    • Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

  • Building the Stew:

    • Return the seared bison stew meat to the pot with the sautéed vegetables.

    • Pour in the beef or vegetable broth, and red wine (if using), ensuring the meat is covered by the liquid.

    • Add the bay leaves and dried thyme.

    • Bring the mixture to a simmer.

  • Simmering the Stew:

    • Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid.

    • Allow the stew to simmer gently for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the bison stew meat becomes tender and easily flakes apart.

    • Stir occasionally and skim off any foam or fat that rises to the surface.

  • Adjusting Seasonings and Finishing Touches:

    • Taste the stew and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper as needed.

    • If desired, garnish with chopped fresh herbs like parsley or rosemary for added flavor and freshness.

  • Serving the Bison Stew:

    • Remove the bay leaves from the stew before serving.

    • Ladle the hot bison stew into bowls and serve it with crusty bread or over a bed of mashed potatoes or cooked grains.

Enjoy the comforting flavors and tender texture of your homemade bison stew. This hearty dish is perfect for cozy evenings and will surely impress your family and friends with its rich taste.


Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the size and desired tenderness of the bison stew meat. Adjust the cooking time accordingly and ensure that the meat is cooked to your preference.


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