The Buck Wild Bison guys are doing a great business every week at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, with good reason. The meat is lean and delicious. And they are very helpful and friendly.
This week I bought some chipped steak. This is the cut of meat used for steak sandwiches.
Poutine is an increasingly popular French Canadian fast food. It consists of thick French fried potatoes topped with cheese curds and meat gravy. Poutine is easy and a crowd pleaser. Adding bison to it raises the bar. (Husband was skeptical when he heard the name but, when he heard the ingredients, he was willing to give it a try.)
Cheese curds are sometimes (read rarely) available from Hillacres Pride at the market. When they are available, grab them. They are delicious. Luckily cheese curds are also readily available in many local supermarkets.
You can make your own fries. Cut the potatoes, dry them, fry them or you can use your favorite frozen fries. Just make sure they are the thick cut variety.
frozen French fries
bison chip steak
extra brown gravy (optional)
- Prepare French fries.
- While you are preparing the fries (and this is another reason to use frozen), fry some mushrooms (from Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms at the market every week!) in butter.
- Put two tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan. Melt it. Then dump the package of chipped bison steak into the pan. Stir it around until the meat is no longer red.
- Prepare each plate or make a large platter for everyone to share. First layer the fries. Next distribute the cheese curds on the hot fries. Now top with the cooked bison chipped steak and all of it’s gravy. (If your feel you’d like more gravy you can use gravy you’ve saved from a roast bison or you can use your favorite jarred brown gravy).
The dish should be hot enough to melt the cheese curds. If you need to warm your poutine, put it in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes. Do not microwave.
And that is it. Easy enough to feed the kids on a weeknight. And fun enough to serve casually to guests.
The bison chip steak makes this meal. It is easy to cook, juicy, and delicious!