baked bison-stuffed shells

In baking, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, lunch on 09.27.11 at 9:14 pm

buffalo! so i was pretty pumped to pickup some organic lean ground bison at the local farmers’ market. i’ve experimented with bison in my kitchen a few times before — check out my previous recipes for sauerkraut bison sliders and peppadew bison meatballs. i thought i’d try a bison bake this time around…

the bison:
– heat up extra-virgin olive oil in a large saucepan at high heat
– slightly brown 2 cloves garlic (peeled, minced) in pan
– add 500g organic lean ground bison (divided) to pan
– season evenly w/ 1 tsp quatre epices
– add a dash of sea salt
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– stir regularly & cook bison until meat is browned and cooked through (no longer pink/red in hue)

the shells:
– boil 1/2 bag of giant pasta shells until al dente

(tip: if you’re tight on prep time, best to start boiling the pasta shells before you start cooking the bison.)

prep stuffing:
– 4 heirloom tomatoes (rough chop)
– fresh french tarragon (finely chopped)
– 1 cup crimini mushrooms (washed well, sliced)
– 300g queso fresco (grated)

prep the casserole:
– lightly grease inside of non-stick bakeware w/ extra-virgin olive oil (to prevent the pasta shells from sticking to the surface of baking dish)
– place a layer of cooked pasta shells as a foundation in baking dish
– add a generous layer of cooked ground bison over pasta
– add a layer of tomatoes & mushrooms
– sprinkle french tarragon & grated cheese
– continue layering pasta shells, tomatoes & mushrooms, ground bison, cheese and french tarragon, until baking dish is almost full
– top w/ a generous layer of grated cheese
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

bake the casserole:
– bake the bison casserole (covered) for 40min at 350F

food styling:
– dish up a few baked bison-stuffed shells into a serving bowl
– pairs nicely w/ your fave red vino

  1. They’ve just started selling this at our regular grocery store. (As opposed to the fancy one where you can get anything.) My wife wants me to get it sometime and after seeing this I have another reason. Love this recipe.


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