Monday, September 16, 2013

BBQ Bison Phyllo Bites

BBQ Bison Phyllo Bites
Did you know that you can purchase bison in so many different forms such as hot dogs, bacon, pepperoni, short ribs and ground meat, along with the other usual cuts such as steaks and roasts? And did you know that bison has half the calories of beef? Bison is also lower in fat and cholesterol than beef! Bison also beats chicken in those areas! I didn't know all of that until this month when and their brand ambassadors teamed up with The Bison Council to bring awareness of the benefits of eating bison.  Go to their website and read all about bison. And while you're there check out all the delicious recipes for bison such as, bison goulash, bison meatballs, bison ribs, bison Asian noodle bowl and so much more! You can also find where to purchase bison, near you, by entering your zip code on their website.

This was my first time cooking with bison. I truly loved the strong meat flavor!
I think bison should be called 'The Super Meat' because it has so much flavor but is much healthier for us than beef!

I chose to make these tasty little appetizers using a bison brisket. It was very easy to make and my family loved it! I was worried that bison might taste gamy but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was not gamy at all! Both of my daughters ate these appetizers and didn't even realize that is wasn't beef! You see, I didn't tell them it was bison or they wouldn't have touched it all! They aren't very adventurous eaters. Someday I'll let them know that they ate bison and loved!

The recipe below makes 24 phyllo bites with about 5-6 more cups of cooked meat leftover. I used the leftover meat to make tacos and a pot pie. Both were equally as delicious as this recipe! You can freeze the leftover cooked meat to use for other meals. It can last up to 3 months in the freezer.

If you're interested in trying this healthier and tastier meat product for yourself but don't know where to find bison in stores, just go to this link for more info. And if there aren't any stores in your area that carry bison you can easily order the meat online here.

BBQ Bison Phyllo Bites
BBQ Bison Phyllo Bites

4-5 lbs. bison brisket
1 & 1/2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbls. cider vinegar
4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
2 (1.9 oz.) pkgs. baked mini phyllo shells
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream - garnish
fresh cilantro, chopped - garnish

Cut bison brisket into chunks and place in the bottom of a large slow cooker.
In a medium bowl mix together the broth, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili powder, cayenne, salt and garlic. Pour this mixture over the bison chunks. Cover and cook on low for at least 9 hours. Then remove the cooked bison from the slow cooker, discarding any large pieces of fat that are visible along with the cooking juices. Place the cooked bison into a large bowl and shred the meat using two forks. Reserve 2 cups of the shredded meat and freeze the remaining meat for future use. Can last up to 3 months in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place all the frozen mini phyllo shells on a baking pan.
Add the barbecue sauce to the 2 cups of reserved shredded meat.
Place about 1 tbls. of shredded meat into each phyllo cup.
Top with shredded cheddar cheese and bake on middle rack, uncovered for about 10 minutes. Top with sour cream and cilantro before serving.

Recipe from & The Bison Council


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