Buffalo Recipes

Buffalo were once prevalent throughout North America. They are grazing animals like their cattle cousins. Though over-hunted to the point of endangerment, buffalo are now hunted in controlled quantities. For those with access to this rare meat, there are many buffalo meat recipes.

You don”t have to be too creative when using recipes for cooking with buffalo. Just be willing to experiment a little. Your usual beef recipes set the perfect stage for you to substitute in buffalo meat and try a healthier dark meat option.

How to Cook Buffalo

Buffalo can be utilized in many different ways, just as beef can. Burgers, steaks, kabobs and stews are all easily made with buffalo meat. Buffalo meat is leaner and more nutritious than its beef counterpart and therefore is a great choice for your family dinner table.

Some ideas for cooking with buffalo include buffalo burgers. All you need to do is substitute ground buffalo meat for ground beef in your favorite burger recipe. You can even try new cheeses to complement the meal, such as bleu cheese, pepper jack or sharp cheddar. Serve with French fries or sweet potato fries and all of the regular burger fixings.

Another great buffalo recipe is the buffalo steak. All you need to do is marinate the steaks in soy sauce, Worcestershire or even Lawry”s seasoning salt and then pan fry, broil or barbeque to perfection.

Other great buffalo meat recipes include:

Buffalo Ribs

Ingredients

  • 1 rack of buffalo meat ribs
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • barbeque sauce.

Directions

  1. Set a rack of ribs in a baking pan and add onion and 1/2 inch of water.
  2. Bake at 325oF for an hour and a half.
  3. Lather with your favorite barbeque sauce half an hour before they”re done cooking.

Buffalo Stew

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs cubed buffalo meat
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 bags frozen vegetables (peas and carrots)
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 cup beef broth.

Directions

  1. Saute the chopped onion and garlic in a deep pot with the oil. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, until the onion is softened and beginning to take on a transparent sheen. Set the onion mixture aside, saving as much of the oil as you can in the pan.
  2. Coat the buffalo meat in flour, and pan-fry until it is nicely browned, though not necessarily cooked all the way through.
  3. Toss the onion mixture back in, and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then turn heat to low. Allow the stew to simmer for two hours.
  4. Check halfway through to test the consistency of the gravy. This is really up to you. You can add more water or beef broth to thin the sauce, or add more flour or cornstarch to thicken it up.
  5. Serve with crusty sourdough bread or biscuits. Buffalo stew is a perfect family meal for a cold night.

Resources

Angelfire.com (2006). Buffalo recipes. Retrieved November 13, 2006 from the Angelfire Web site: http://www.angelfire.com/ct/deerwhorns/narecipes.html.

Buffalo Groves Inc. (2006). Buffalo Groves cookbook. Retrieved November 13, 2006 from the Buffalo Groves Web site: http://www.buffalogroves.com/cookbook.html.