Easy Bison Bourguignon

9-5… hockey practice… dance class… piano lessons… homework club… training session… the grind keeps us all busy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well too. We wanted to share an easy take on the Julia Child’s classic boeuf bourguignon. We used bison instead because it’s a leaner alternative to beef (or even chicken for that matter) and is chocked full of vitamins and minerals. And it’s delicious. And we threw it all in a crock pot because there’s nothing easier than low and slow or more welcoming than coming home to a house that smells like heaven and a bubbling pot of “oh-my-word-this-is-so-good!” dinner.

So here’s what you’ll need (all of which can be found at the market):

Market Sourced Ingredients

2 lb Scotch Tender Bison from Bauer Meats, cut in large chunks

1/2 pkg of bacon from Spragg’s Meat Shop

6 Beck Farms carrots, peeled and cut in 1 inch pieces from Innisfail Growers

1 lb Uppergreen Farms white skinned potatoes, left whole if small from Innisfail Growers

2 cups beef stock or broth from The Stock & Sauce Co.

1 cup red wine from J. Webb Wine Merchant (Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir)

4 cloves garlic, crushed from Cherry Pit

1 yellow onion, peeled, halved, and sliced from Cherry Pit

8 oz mushrooms, dusted off and halved from Cherry Pit (we preferred crimini mushrooms)

1 bunch fresh thyme (reserve some leaves for garnish) from Cherry Pit

2 Tbsp olive oil and a good glug of Juniper Berry Balsamic from Soffritto

1 heaping tbsp tomato paste

2 Tbsp flour (leave out for gluten free)

freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt

We start with bacon because bacon is awesome, but more practically because bison is a very lean mean and the bacon rounds out the dish while adding a little fat and lots of flavor.

Browning the meat is an optional step, but it will elevate the flavors of your bourguignon (if you have the time). *Skip this step if you’re looking to save time and chuck everything in the crock pot and go.

We tossed the carrots in the flour, but you can add the flour after you’ve browned the meat, or to the onion and garlic mixture too. Remember, this is easy bourguignon.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

At the end of cooking, taste to check the seasonings and add a good glug of the Juniper Berry Balsamic Vinegar. Juniper is a classic pairing with game meat, particularly bison; we highly encourage this pairing.

Serve the stew with a sprinkling of fresh thyme leaves and a big hunk of delicious bread.

 

Sweet Local Valentine’s Gifts

Looking for something unique that says: “You’re like no other sweetheart”? Here are some #sweetlocalgifts that can be found at the market to give your heartthrob a little local love.

Eden

The ever romantic gift of massage is a can’t be beat gift for your schnookums. Find this Barefoot Venus massage oil at Eden Essentials. Plus, they have a wide variety of bath and body products to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Find them in Aisle 3.

Artistically Inclined

Artistically Inclined has beautiful one-of-a-kind paintings in all shapes and sizes for the art lover in your life. Find them next to the West Entrance.

Berit Havre

Berit Havre offers a plethora or handmade knits from cold-weather-bundle-up-and-stay-cozy items to adorable sock monkeys. Find her in Aisle 1 to pick up something for your snuggle-bun.

Canadian Comfort

A little self-care goes a long way! Essential Oil Diffuser Necklaces from Canadian Comfort are a brilliant and elegant way to enjoy your favorite essential oil all day long. Whether your  lovebird is looking for the health or emotional benefits of essential oils, diffuser necklaces will not only smell great, but they’re beautiful too. Find them in Aisle 2.

Crafted

Slip into a luxurious and calming bath with the whimsical romantic in your life. Bath salts by Mint & Daisy are handmade with love and are 100% natural. Find them at Crafted in Aisle 4.

Cribbage Works

Spend some quality time with your darling this Valentine’s Day; puzzles are for lovers 😉 Find a wide selection of puzzles and games at Cribbage Works on the perimeter.

Cucumber Man

A perfect lunchbox surprise for your little valentine or for your sweet health nut! Pick up heart cucumbers from Gull Valley Greenhouses. Find them in Aisle 4.

Field Stone

Planning a romantic meal with your beau? Add a little Field Stone Fruit Dessert Wine to your Valentine’s Day menu to make it especially sweet. Find it in Aisle 3.

Fratello

Perk up the coffee lover in your life with this Chemex Coffeemakers from Fratello Analog Cafe…. because, let’s face it, there’s nothing romantic about a Keurig. Find them by the South East entrance.

Growler

Make your Big Daddy say Grrrrrrowler! Saddle up to the growler bar for a tasting of local beers and then fill up a growler (or howler) at J. Webb Wine Merchant. Find them in the big red wine Quonset in the North East parking lot.

JWEbb Bubbly

Stay in with your smoochie-poo and celebrate love by popping some bubbly from J Webb Wine Merchant. Add a dash of locally made Porter’s Tonic to put you both on cloud 9. Find them in the big red wine Quonset in the North East parking lot.

Longview Jerky

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all roses and chocolates. Give your little sugar biscuit a selection of 16 jerky sticks in a cool wooden box from Longview Jerky. Find them in Aisle 2.

Market Bonbons

Treat your boo to some incredible handcrafted chocolate bonbons from Market. They’re not only blow-your-mind delicious, but they’re works of art too. Find them in Aisle 3.

Master Chocolat

Finish off your Valentine’s Day with handcrafted chocolate cherries by Master Chocolat. Sure to delight your favorite chocoholic. Find them Aisle 4.

Silk Road Spices

Sweeten up your love life with a lovely spice pack from Silk Road Spice Merchant. The perfect addition to whipped cream and strawberries. Find them in Aisle 2.

Stillwater

Give her a heart as unique as her. Beautifully handcrafted sterling silver hearts say “I love you” quite like no other gift. Find them at Stillwater Designs.

Terrarium

Let your love grow. And grow, and grow, and grow! These lovely terrariums are a low maintenance, elegant gift for your cutie pie. Find them at Canadian Comfort in Aisle 2.

TotaliTea

Cozy up with your buttercup and brew a batch of Love Elixer to steep the night away. Find it at TotaliTea at the end of Aisle 2.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we have an incredible community of supporters here in Calgary. You pull together to support local when it matters most and now is no exception. We wanted to take the time, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, to tell you how much we love you.

Enter to WIN a gift basket filled with items from our Sweet Local Valentine`s Gift Guide at Customer Information from February 5th – 14th.