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Cooking With Stout: Bison Shepherd’s Pie

A dry Irish-style stout is ideal for pairing with shepherd’s pie—and a splash or two also finds its way into this moderately spicy version with ground bison, a dish sure to keep you warm while waiting for spring.

Christopher Cina Feb 11, 2023 - 4 min read

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Bison Shepherd’s Pie

Serves: 4–6

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 lb (907 g) ground bison
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (237 ml) red onion, diced small
  • 1 jalapeño, cleaned, minced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs chile powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 cup (237 ml) stout
  • 2 cup (473 ml) crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup (118 ml) chicken stock

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the bison, seasoned with salt and pepper, in the oil. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.

Add the onions, jalapeño, garlic, and 1 tsp salt to the oil in the pan and cook until the onions are lightly browned. Stir in the tomato paste, chile powder, oregano, cumin, and coriander. Cook 1–2 minutes.

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