Saturday, February 27, 2010

What's on the Grill #162

Bacon, Goat Cheese, Bison & Poblano Sliders! A couple weeks ago I stumbled across a post on Cowgirl's Country blog for Hickory Smoked-Meat Stuffed Anaheim Peppers. I'm always looking for something a little different to try, and her creation hit the spot.

I wasn't able to follow her recipe entirely, so I went with what I had, namely: bacon, goat cheese, bison, poblano peppers, & a ravenous appetite. Oddly, the last ingredient is always on hand, especially when the cupboard is bare.

Cracklin Poblanos

First off, (after prepping the grill and having a beer...of course), I placed the peppers on the grill to blacken their skin. In all, with flipping, about 10 minutes over direct medium-high. Once the skins are blackened, I placed them in a paper bag to allow them to steam. When the peppers were cool to the touch, I removed the darkened skin and then cut them in half emptying out the seeds. The peppers will in essence be the "buns".

Ground Bison

For the meat, I took my "go to" bison and mixed it with some rub I had sitting around, along with half a bottle of Hopslam. I was too cheap to put in the whole thing.

After the meat mixture was well combined, I spooned it onto the pepper halves, topped it with goat cheese and wrapped it with two strips of bacon.

Wrapped for the Grill

I grilled the sliders over indirect medium heat for about an hour. Did I mention I actually went old school and fired up a kettle? The cold and snow has made me lazy, so it was nice to at least "think spring" and light up the charcoal.

Bacon, Goat Cheese, Bison, & Poblano Pepper Sliders

Once done, I ate them all. Just kidding, only half of them. They were that good. These will make a great summer appetizer. Thanks Cowgirl for the idea!


Cynthia said...

What is bison meat like... in terms of texture when cooked and does it taste different in that one would know that it is bison meat they are eating?

cowgirl said...

Mike they look fantastic! I like the buffalo burger idea too.. and will give it a try.
So glad they turned out well for you.

Mike said...

@Cynthia - I really like bison. I typically use it ground, although I have had steaks before. There is a difference in the taste, but not really in in the texture. I really can't even describe adequately the taste difference...richer/deeper comes to mind, but those areas aren't exactly on your tongue! Most probably wouldn't think it's seasoned ground beef if they weren't told.

@cowgirl - Thanks Jeanie! It turned out great, and I have you to thank!

Cynthia said...

Thanks Mike!

ourlifeinfood said...

Gosh, I don't think that you could fit any more of my favorite ingredients into this recipe! Polbanos, goat cheese, bison, bacon, AND hopslam? I'm sold! I'm going to hang onto this recipe for husband would love it, too.