Try the other red meat — bison


Phil Lempert


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In this special weekly feature, TODAY food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.

THIS WEEK: Bison Strip-Steak with a Spicy Red Onion Marmalade from Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern in Twinsburg, Ohio

Here's a recipe you don't see everyday: Bison Strip-Steak with a Spicy Red Onion Marmalade. Bison meat contains fewer calories and less cholesterol than beef or chicken. It is also extremely lean and high in protein. It's a bit like beef except it has a richer, sweeter flavor. As an added plus, bison is considered more environmentally friendly than beef. The Spicy Red Onion Marmalade adds a nice finish to the bison meat. So, if you have that craving for red meat, but want to watch what you eat, try this recipe out!


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1PfalsefalseAbout the chef: Chef Brandt Evans believes in food that's fresh, fun and bursting with flavor. Hearty, impressive, alluring, this unique style of cooking is perfect for the ambiance of the Blue Canyon. “My creative American cooking style is built around a love for traditional American favorite foods and ethnic, funky flavors. By combining them with an artist's touch, I can create dishes that my customers understand and appreciate, while still providing them an experience unlike they've had before.”

Former executive chef of the celebrated Kostas restaurant in Tremont and an alum of the Culinary Institute of America, Brandt developed much of his style working as sous chef at Alva's in Manhattan.

“The Blue Canyon is my dream. It provides me with a daily canvas to pull out my paints and really give my customers something special.” Brandt said. Aside from his work at Blue Canyon, Brandt also has created Blue Canyon’s very own wine line and a spice line.

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern offers a unique experience unlike any other. A majestic log cabin, reminiscent of those gracing the national parks out west, sits atop a sandstone buff in the most unlikely of places: Twinsburg, Ohio.

Bison Strip-Steak with a Spicy Red Onion Marmalade is served at Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern for $24.95. The recipe is for a serving size of two.

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  • Bison Strip-Steak Ingredient

    • 2 each 8-10 oz. bison strip steak
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Spicy Red Onion Marmalade Ingredients

    • 5 red onions, medium
    • 1 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 Tablespoon red curry paste
    • 1 can of unsweetened coconut milk
    • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped


Baking Directions:

Bison Strip-Steak Steal This Recipe® step-by-step Instructions1. Season bison strip steak with salt and black pepper generously on both sides2. Place on heated grill3. Cook each side for about 5 minutes to achieve a medium rare to medium or to about an internal temperature of 1304. Place steak on plateSpicy Red Onion Marmalade Steal This Recipe® step-by-step Instructions1. In a sauce pot add olive oil2. Add and sauté onions and garlic till translucent3. Add sugar, coconut milk and curry paste (if you do not like spicy food then do not add curry paste or cut in by half)4. Whisk until paste is dissolved5. Reduce until you have a thick glaze consistency6. Fold in fresh chopped rosemary7. Top steak with the Spicy Red Onion Marmalade (and seasonal vegetables) and serve

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern
8960 Wilcox Drive
SR 82 & I-480
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

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