I've gone out to dinner on my birthday for as long as I can remember. It's just what we do. What we've always done.
There's no doubt I like eating out. I enjoy a break from the kitchen, I like getting waited on for a change, but it's expensive and just not as fun for me with 2 young kids (if I'm being honest.) I'd rather cook a good meal at home, even on my Birthday. So I'm starting a new tradition of cooking something new for myself on my day and the family is NOT allowed to complain. (They did anyway.)
This year I decided on Bison steaks. I've never had one, not that I can remember anyway. They were on sale at the grocery store and surprisingly are a healthy choice! Check out this graph I found on Short-Runner.com...
Lower fat, higher protein, less calories, more iron? Who knew?
And the taste? Delicious! Well the husband and I thought so. Little Guy was on the fence but ate a few bites and didn't seem that tortured. I think he's just as that age where anything new is icky. Even the baby had a few small pieces I cut thin for him.
I will definitely be making them again. Here's what I did…
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 4 Bison Steaks
- Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Mix the oil, Worcestershire sauce and onion powder. Rub it over the steak and set aside while preparing the rest of your dinner. Mine marinated about 20 minutes.
Heat the grill then lower the flame to medium. Salt and pepper the steak and lay on the grill. Cook about 7-8 minutes a side depending on thickness. Here's the recommendations from bisoncentral.com…
• 1" thick - Rare: 6 - 8 min. Medium: 8 - 10 min.
• 1 ½" thick - Rare: 8 - 10 min. Medium: 10 - 12 min.
• 2" thick - Rare: 10 - 12 min. Medium 14 - 18 min.
Mine were pink in the middle and perfectly tender.
There was one a little thinner that cooked more and it was a noticeable different in texture. Bison cooks faster than beef and I'm pretty sure it's worst enemy is how easy it is to overcook.
Alongside I roasted some fresh broccoli and baked potatoes before cooking the steaks.
It was a delicious meal that ended with a cupcake.
Notice my GIANT birthday candle. The Husband couldn't find anything else. lol
Afterwards I took a walk with all my boys..
It was such a nice evening and really, at this time in my life, al I want for my Birthday.
The next the day I made an amazing salad with the leftovers for lunch.
Bed of spinach with a vine ripen tomato, a bit of cheese, leftover bison steak and a splash of Italian dressing. Deliscious!!
That was my Bison Birthday Meal. 🙂 Any Bison lovers out there want to drop some knowledge on me? I would love to learn more about this unpopular meat (at least in my area.)