Category: Bison

Jucy Lucy – Texas Style

The Jucy Lucy was invented in Minneapolis, Minnesota, either at Matt’s Bar or the 5-8 Club, which location is still up for debate (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jucy_Lucy).

A Jucy Lucy is a cheeseburger having the cheese inside the meat patty rather than on top. A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty.

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground bison
  • 3 tbs kosher salt
  • 3 tbs fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tbs Worcestershire sauce (Try Me – Wine & Pepper brand suggested)
  • 3 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 shots vodka (Absolut Peppar recommended)
  • 1 medium white onion finely minced
  • 4-8 finely chopped jalapenos (as needed)
  • As needed, and to taste
    • Havarati (Jalapeno or Habanero)
    • Jack (Jalapeno or Habenero)
    • Spreadable extra sharp cheddar (Black Diamond preferred)
  • 1/2 lb Cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 8 onion buns
  • 16 slices pancetta
  • garlic butter spread

Directions:

Patties

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sirloin, pork and bison. Add onion, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, basil, cayenne, crushed red pepper, cumin seed, tomato sauce, brown sugar and vodka. Mix all ingredients thoroughly (I use my hands and just get dirty with this step). Once meat is well mixed, separate into 1/2 pound portions.

On wax paper take 1 portion of meat mixture and divide into equal parts and shape two patties. On 1 patty, preferably the larger of the two, add 2-3 tablespoons of cheese cut into small cubes approximately 3/8 inch  in size in the middle of the patty or spoon in spreadable cheese, leaving 3/4 to 1 inch to the edge of the patty. Top cheese with 2 tablespoons of minced jalapeno. Place the second patty on top of first patty, crimp edges with fingers and reshape into a single patty. Place a slice of pancetta on both sides of the patty.

Preheat grill to 375 degrees and cook patties 4-5 minutes per side.

Mushrooms

In a medium skillet, add butter, red wine and vinegar, over a medium/medium high heat until butter is melted. Once butter is melted, add mushrooms and garlic and saute until wine and vinegar are mostly reduced and mushrooms have softened. Remove and set aside for burgers.

Burger

Jucy Lucy - Texas Style

Jucy Lucy - Texas Style

Add garlic butter spread to both sides of buns and toast on grill for approximately 1 minute. Add grilled patty, sauteed mushrooms, a leaf of butter lettuce (cupping the rest of the burger). Let burger rest for 3-4 minutes before serving.

Another great alternative for this burger is simply serving with green chili sauce.

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Habanero Bison Rib-Eye

I fixed this this past weekend. Really simple. The hard part is finding ground habanero!

Ingredients:

1 lb Bison Rib-Eye
1/8 Teaspoon habanero powder

Directions:

Preheat grill to 400 to 425 degrees.
Rinse rib-eye and pat dry with a paper towel. Apply habanero powder to both sides of rib-eye.
Bison cooks quicker than beef. Use the following guidelines to cook to your taste. It is best to measure by thickness to cook.
1 inch thick – Rare: 6 to 8 minutes, Medium: 8 to 10 minutes
1 1/2-inch thick – Rare: 8 to 10 minutes, Medium: 10 to 12 minutes
2 inches thick – Rare: 10 to 12 minutes, Medium: 14 to 18 minutes

Variants:

Substitute jalapeno powder for the habanero powder if you are a wimp.

Notes:

Habanero and jalapeno powder are both rather hard to find. I get mine in the bulk section of Central Market in Austin. You may be able to find it at Whole Foods. Habanero powder is also one of the more expensive spices at $30 a pound, then again who is going to need a pound of it when you’re using it 1/8th teaspoon at a time?

Some nutritional facts about Bison

3 oz. serving   CALORIES  FAT  CHOLESTEROL
BISON               93    1.8g    43mg
BEEF               183    1.8g    55mg
CHICKEN            140    3.0g    73mg
FISH               125    3.0g    59mg
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