Coffee-Crusted Bison Pot Roast Recipe

Bison roast

Raw bison meat that I got from the Costco in Bozeman.

My mother sent me this recipe for my birthday, but I didn’t get a chance to make it until this weekend. I recommend adding some salt to the rub, but otherwise it turned out to be a great way to prepare bison, especially for you coffee fans.

I got my bison roast from the Costco in Bozeman. Not sure if they are carrying them across the country, but it was good in texture and moisture, and a reasonable price.

Spice Rub Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of finely ground Morning Glory coffee
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

In a small bowl combine the spice rub ingredients. Rub the meat with the spice mixture and then let stand for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Bison Roast after rubbing with spices

Bison Roast after rubbing with spices

Roasting vegetables

Roasting vegetables

This next step is optional, but I like to cook vegetables along with my roast. The actual ones you use are up to you, but here is what I included:

  • two carrots
  • 1 Idaho potato. My landlord drove down to St. Anthony, Idaho last week to get some fresh-from-the-ground potatoes and gave me few. You can tell by their feel that they are fresh – the ones in the store are much softer. They also have a brighter flavor.
  • 1 onion. I also happened to be in St. Anthony last week looking for a goat to slaughter (a convoluted and unsuccessful story that I probably won’t share) and found a small produce stand selling these onions. Not sure of the kind, but on the sweet side and .a nice complement.
  • two celery stalks
  • some leftover mushrooms

Chop up the veggies and put them in a roasting pan. Next time I’m going to brown them in a skillet before roasting them.

Take roast out of the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Position two racks in the middle of the oven and put the roasting pan with veggies on the lower one, and the bison roast above the pan and sitting directly on the rack. If you have an actual roasting tray, you can use that also.

Cook for around 40 minutes until the internal temperature is 115 degrees. For the best flavor, you want bison meat to be rare.

Let the meat sit for 10 minutes or so, then slice and eat.

Like I said, I think the rub needs about a teaspoon of salt, but otherwise this is a good dish to add to your meal rotation.

Coffee-Crusted Bison Roast

Coffee-Crusted Bison Roast

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Steak and Fresh Montana Watercress Recipe

Montana Watercress

Watercress growing in a Montana Stream

Most people associate Montana streams with trout but there’s another delicacy found in them right now, if you know where to look: fresh watercress.

So grab your scissors and a bag, put on some boots and start walking along the stream edges. This is what my friend and I did yesterday and we came back with a really tasty haul. Some of the watercress was black from freezing at night, but the rest had a refreshing, peppery taste that adds so much to a meal. Freshly picked greens are one of my favorite foods and you can really taste the difference from what you get in a grocery store.

We went to a spot my friend has been talking about all winter. I’ve been in Montana less than a year and don’t know these locations myself, but he’s slowly been showing me the best places for ice fishing, big Rainbow Trout, whitefish, and now here.

Snipping Watercress

Use a scissors to snip the tops of the watercress

I guess I shouldn’t reveal the location, but I’ll say it’s near Wade Lake and about a 25 mile drive from West Yellowstone.

Rainbow Trout were darting amongst the rocks and watercress and it was a wonderful 65 degrees yesterday, so it’s the perfect time to go hunting for foods like this. If you can’t find this spot, explore the streams on your own!

Watercress is good in a salad, and adds a delightful taste in a sandwich. Here’s how I prepared it last night.

Yellowstone Traders Steak and Watercress Recipe

1. Thoroughly heat a cast iron skillet
2. While waiting for the skillet to heat, sprinkle a sirloin steak with freshly ground pepper and sea salt, slice two large mushrooms and wash the watercress.


Two mushrooms

Sirloin Steak

Sirloin Steak sprinkled with freshly ground pepper and sea salt

3. When the entire skillet is hot, add a tablespoon of lard and wait until it just begins to smoke.

4. Add the steak and mushrooms to the skillet and cook the steak until medium rare.

Cast Iron Steak and Mushrooms

Cook the steak and mushrooms in the cast iron skillet

5. Remove the steak and mushrooms and place on a plate. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

6. Pour 1/2 cup of red wine into the skillet and reduce to about 1/3.

7. Pour the reduced wine over the steak and mushrooms and recover.

8. Rinse out the cast iron skillet with water, place back on the heat, and add two tablespoons of butter.

9. When the butter is melted, add the watercress, season with some salt, and cook about two minutes until it is wilted.

Sautéed Watercress

Sautéed Watercress

10. Put the watercress on top of the steak and enjoy!

Sautéed Steak, Mushrooms and Watercress

Sautéed Steak, Mushrooms and Watercress

It was a great meal.

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Trout en Papillote recipe, plus Wild Bison at Hebgen Lake

Buffalo Herd At Hebgen Lake

Group of wild bison at Hebgen Lake.

It wasn’t just trout and whitefish that I saw yesterday at Hebgen Lake. Here’s a picture of a group of about 15 wild buffalo that we saw while walking back. (Hebgen Lake is behind the trees).

It’s an amazing thing to be walking along a trail and suddenly see a group of buffalo and is good reason to visit Yellowstone National Park since you won’t see this anyplace else in the world. You can’t get into the park until Friday, but if you know where to go around West Yellowstone you’ll have a good chance of seeing some.

As for the fishing, it was a bit slow, but I managed to come up with a Rainbow Trout, and shared a Whitefish that a friend caught. We were using earthworms and pieces of corn that we’d cast out and let sink to the bottom of the lake.

Much of Hebgen Lake is still frozen, but the area around Horse Butte has open water.

I’m experimenting with recipes right now and like how this one turned out. It’s a nice change from frying, which so far for me is always too oily. Here’s how I made the trout pictured below. The recipe is a general guideline – you can experiment with the spices and vegetable mix.

Yellowstone Traders Trout en Papillote Recipe
1. pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
2. lay the fish filets on the top half of piece of parchment paper
3. sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley flakes
4. slice the following and use them to cover the fish: a lemon, zucchini, carrots, celery, onion.
5. add a pat of butter and drizzle with olive oil
6. fold the parchement paper so it covers everything, then start at one edge and make many little folds until almost completely sealed and you just have one fold left.
7. pour some dry vermouth into the parchment packet through the hole
8. seal the parchment
9. put on a tray and cook for 15 minutes
Trout Paillote Recipe

Trout en Papillote

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