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        Bison Cranberry Stew



Your cranberries deserve a change this Thanksgiving, and so do you. Try this great bison alternative and save the turkey for Christmas.

Serves up to 8 adults.
       Ingredients

2 tbsp
2 lb
2 ½ cups
1 tsp
¼ tsp
1
3 cloves
1 cup
3 tbsp
1 tbsp
3
2
8
4
1 ¼ cups
3
1/2 cup
4 tbsp
canola oil
bison stew meat, cut in one inch cubes or smaller
water, plus top up water
salt
black pepper, coarsely ground
medium size onion, chopped
garlic, minced
dry red wine, or 1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
Worcestershire sauce
paprika
whole cloves
bay leaves
carrots, scraped, split and cut in thirds
potatoes (4 cups in volume), peeled and cut into large cubes
cranberries (fresh or frozen)
stalks celery, split and cut in short strips
rye or whole wheat flour
maple syrup, or 2 ½ tbsp brown sugar (optional)

       Directions

  • Put canola oil in a 5 to 6 quart Dutch oven.
  • Over medium high heat brown bison cubes.

  • Once bison cubes are browned, add 2 1/2 cups water, salt and pepper to Dutch oven.
  • Bring contents to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

  • Add onion, garlic, wine (or balsamic vinegar), Worcestershire sauce, paprika, cloves and bay leaves to Dutch oven.
  • Cover and continue to simmer for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so.

  • Add carrots, potatoes, cranberries and celery.
  • Top-up casserole dish with additional water to cover contents (usually another 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups).
  • Add maple syrup or brown sugar, especially if vinegar is used.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  • Cover and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Adjust seasonings — more salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce may be required.

  • Using a separate bowl, make thickener by gradually stirring 1 cup water into 1/2 cup rye or whole-wheat flour.

  • Increase heat so that stew maintains a moderate boil.
  • Stir the stew continuously while blending in half of the thickener.
  • After two minutes, add more thickener and continue to cook and stir until desired consistency is reached.
         (Note: You may not have to use all of the thickener.)
  • Remove bay leaves and serve.
  • Re-heats well.



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