Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison
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Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

My husband and I have been together for years. I think about 17 or so. One of the first presents that I gave him was a really nice cast iron skillet. I think that every cook really needs one and my husband was thrilled to get it. I also bought him his first set of Pyrex glassware including measuring glasses and storage containers because my parents had done the same for me.

I used my mother's growing up and I knew that Pyrex was also something every cook needs. We upgraded what I had and really created a vast collection of Pyrex. In fact, we will get our children Pyrex when they move into their own places. That's just a thing with my family.

The first thing that we made together that became a recipe was this Rustic meat skillet recipe. We had been doing some light reading of the Joy of Cooking and Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We based this skillet off of a few recipes from both books and combined it with fresh things that we had on hand. The broccoli was a later but lasting addition as well (sometimes we add corn instead).

In fact, sometimes there will be more ingredients depending on what is in season and what is hanging around in our French wire vegetable basket. That thing is almost always filled with goodness.

What you have here is the base of this recipe. By itself it is absolutely delicious but if you combine with other ingredients that you love, you will have something amazing. It is really good. My husband has sometimes added red peppers and mushrooms.

We would make this then have dinner together in our first living room on the floor eating at the coffee table that was on the lovely sisal rug that my future mother-in-law gave me. It felt exotic. LOL. We each had a fork and ate out of the skillet. We might have had some salad. We definitely had some wine.

Three kids later, we are still making this recipe but now there are five of us and our dinners are all about creating memories. It's another thing with my family. We are also most definitely carnivores in this family. We love beef for dinner. However, we haven't ventured out past the usual meats so we eat chicken, steak, fish and shrimp.

We recently decided to try other meats and go beyond our usual meats. This skillet casserole is really a break from the ordinary because we used bison with beef. We got a hot deal on Bison at our local farmers' market and the results were absolutely delicious! This may be the new base.

RUSTIC MEAT SKILLET

INGREDIENTS

For the pie crust:

* ½ cup ice cold water

* 2.25 cups King Arthur flour

* ½ cup cold Kerry Gold unsalted butter

* pinch of sea salt

  • 2.5 pounds of ground meat, we used beef and bison in equal parts
  • ½ medium Vidalia onion, diced (we are particular and love these)
  • 1 cup whipped red & purple bliss potatoes (sometimes we mash them with an old fashioned potato masher)
  • ½ cup heirloom Cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cups of fresh mixed field greens
  • Italian dressing (we use this: balsamic vinaigrette)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

DIRECTIONS

  1. For the crust add the flour, salt and cubed, cold butter to the food processor. Pulse a few times until they are combined then very slowly start to add the ice cold water. Add it until the pie dough comes together and has started to ball up. You'll still want the dough to be a bit crumbly but wet enough that it will easily roll out. Form your pie crust into a large skillet and bake for about 12 minutes at 375 degrees.
  2. Potatoes should be boiled until cooked through. Add the following to your Vitamix, two medium red bliss potatoes, two medium purple bliss potatoes, 1/8 the cup of cream, 1/8 cup of butter, salt & pepper to taste. Blend until you see this smooth kind of fluffy sort of thing (my husband's exact words).
  3. While that is baking add the chopped onion and meat to a pan and cook through. Add the whipped mash potatoes as the binder for the meat. (Using the blender will give you a very thick, runny paste like texture vs fluffy mashed potatoes. They aren't really enjoyable to eat whipped like this-but perfect for holding everything together.
  4. When the crust is ready fill it with the potato and meat mixture, press down lightly to help everything stick together. Top with the fresh tomatoes and broccoli then return the skillet to the oven. Cook for another 14 to 20 minutes. Let rest for a few minutes before serving. We enjoyed with a bit of sea salt, fresh chilled tomatoes and a salad.
  5. If you are in my house, DO NOT add additional salt or pepper after it is served because the chef gets very annoyed. He then gives you the side eye while eating with the occasional sigh or shake of the head.

Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

Rustic meat skillet with beef & bison

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    That sounds delicious. I haven’t had bison in ages, but now I am thinking that I will buy some when I go shopping.

  2. That looks so yummy and delicious! I love great whole food recipes that are made with fresh ingredients. That looks so amazing!

  3. This looks really tasty, I really feel like trying it! Thank you for sharing it with us 🙂

  4. Love this recipe and how flexible it is! I will definitely give it a try!

    Oh and hte salt and pepper thing, I get annoyed when hubby adds it before tasting, but worse is when I make a sauce for the meal and he doesn’t want to add it to the meat! ACK!

  5. This looks and sounds amazing! This is the type of meal thay reminds me of home. Family dinners with my mom. This was the type of meal she loved naming! So good!

  6. My husband loves bison, so I know he would like this skillet dish. I love a meal that comes together in one dish so I don’t have a lot of clean up. It would be the perfect meal for a weeknight or the weekend.

  7. I definitely want to try and make this. I can guarantee everyone in my family would love it!

  8. I still have yet to buy myself a cast iron skillet. My parents have one, and the bacon (and all other meats) taste AMAZING cooked on it. I need to pick one up and conveniently enough I have a gift card to Crate & Barrel. Let’s hope they sell them there, too. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant on it, I’m gonna pick one up when I head back home from my vacation!

  9. This looks absolutely delicious and would love to try making it! Thanks for you DIY recipe! Really appreciate it. Might have to try using seafood (shrimps and scallops) since I am craving seafood lately.

  10. Boy oh boy does your Rustic meat skillet recipe ever look amazing. I’d love to try to make it. I’m a Pyrex fan because they make the best products. I own several pieces and want to add to my collection. I love the prize bowl.

  11. I must admit that I have never had bison before or made something similar to this meat skillet, but now I want to. Your pictures are absolutely stunning. Can I come over for dinner?

  12. This looks amazing! I actually just pinned it to my food board so that I would not forget the recipe. I love bison burgers, so I’m sure I will really like this, too. Plus, I love how colorful it is! Colors always make a dish look a lot fancier than it is. (o:

  13. I’ve never had bison beef before but I’ve heard that it is good. I’ll try this recipe soon! Thanks for sharing it with me!

  14. This looks like a really good recipe. I love the fact that it’s made from healthy food. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  15. I love using cast iron pans and can totally appreciate pyrex too! This looks like a hearty meal that my husband would love too!

  16. I love pyrex. It is the only thing I will make casseroles in and I love the containers as well. My mom and my grand mother always used pyrex. For me there was nothing else.

  17. This sounds amazing, I am a huge fan of bison and would love to give this recipe a try!

  18. Yum. That looks AND sounds so delicious. I hope to make some this weekend!

  19. Oh yum! This looks so good, I’d love to try it for dinner one of these days.

  20. I really love the story behind your recipe. I think that every really amazing recipe starts with a good back story, something that takes it from a page in a cookbook to a family tradition.

  21. I love reading your blog post and how you and your husband hangs out and he appreciate your gifts.

    And yes I have been stalking the iron skillets at the store. I really would love to own a good one.

    Thanks also for this recipe 🙂

  22. What an awesome guy gift idea! I love cooking with them too since they naturally add a kick of iron into your diet 😀 Perfect for cooking

  23. We have never had bison here at home, I have no courage in trying to cook it but this recipe might just be it for me to try. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I need to remember to use my skillet more often because of recipes like this one. It looks so healthy, but delicious at the same time.

  25. Catherine S

    This looks really yummy. I have had a Bison burger at a restaurant and really enjoyed it. I have never cooked Bison myself. Thanks for the recipe.

  26. This looks and sounds amazing! I’ve never had bison though, l would love to try it! Looks delicious and interesting!

  27. Ann Bacciaglia

    This looks so delicious and simple to make. I will have to make some this weekend. I am sure my family will love it.

  28. Rosey

    My mother in law loves bison. She swears it’s better than any other meat. I know she’d love this too!

  29. OH my gosh that looks SO delicious!!! I’ve never had bison before but you made it look SUPER good!

  30. This recipe looks outstanding and like total comfort food, especially that crust. I know both my husband and dad have eaten and enjoyed bison. I am certainly up for giving it a try!

  31. What a lovely dish and an even better story. The best meals are those with memories or meaning tied to them. Thank you for sharing yours with us.

  32. I actually enjoy bison meat! Your recipe looks delicious and wish I could try it today!

  33. You had me at beef…Man I love a good beef and potato meal! Yum!

  34. A skillet is just the sort of present that my husband would love me for too! We have buffalo here in the UK so I guess that would be the same or similar? MY husband loves that too. We go to the farmer’s market just to get the buffalo burgers! This looks delicious and he’d love to try it!

  35. I totally agree about the cast iron cookware, I use some handed down to me by my great-grandmother and my grandmother and I absolutely cherish them!

    I got to try bison burgers at a Native American Pow Wow at Bear Mountain, I had never had it before and it was fun to get to try it out!

    I love that giving the kids pyrex stuff to start with is a big tradition for you! Those pieces will always hold the most sentimental value in their kitchen! And that my friends is how you add the secret ingredient: LOVE to everything you prepare in the Kitchen! 🙂

  36. I love my cast iron skillet! Not even considering the flavor of the food prepare in it, it gives such a fun look. Feels so authentically western! I need to try your beef & bison meal. I could theme a whole day of fun & learning around it.

  37. Tracey

    This looks amazing. I can’t believe you made this, it looks like a gourmet meal!

  38. This sounds exactly like something my boyfriend and I would enjoy together. I love our cast iron skillet and he’s the one who taught me how to cook with it.

  39. This recipe looks absolutely fabulous.. I too love my pyrex dishes, thanks for reminder I am going to get my daughter a set for her new apartment.

  40. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    I’m not a big meat eater at all. I know my other half and father would love this though and trying bison.

  41. Ashley

    I adore my cast iron skillets! My grandma got me hooked on them, she collects them.

  42. This dish looks amazing! I’ve never had bison before, but I would love to try it.

  43. That looks really good. I love all the color. I’ve never tried bison!

  44. I have bever had Bison but this recipe looks great. I will have to try it!

  45. This looks so good! And you made it easy to follow. I love the colorful pictures. I entered the giveaway too. Hope I win. Thanks for the chance.

  46. This meal looks and sounds really good! I’ve hear some great things about bison and would love to try it one day!

  47. Now THIS is right up my meat loving alley! I love a good cast iron skillet for this very reason – it cooks meat the best!

  48. I love Pyrex! This is a great giveaway and the recipe sounds awesome, although I am not sure I can get bison so easily here in texas.

  49. That looks and sounds like an amazing dish! I’ve never had bison before. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Cindy Merrill

    I wonder how ground lamb would work in this recipe; we really like the flavor a lot.

  51. Mai T.

    This skillet dish looks super delicious! I need to try ASAP!

  52. Starla B

    That looks so good! My sort of meal! I love how flexible this dish is! xo

  53. I don’t know, if I tried to make this it might come out realllly good or really bad :(:( lol

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