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Soy-Ginger Ground Bison Lettuce Cups

In the third and final round of recipe development for AgLocal I had the pleasure of working with some Ground Bison. If you haven’t tried bison, or had a chance to cook with it, it is a fabulous and healthier substitution for ground beef. It is much leaner, and has a very slight gamey taste. Bison is most commonly seen in burger recipes, but I decided to flip it around a bit. The lean meat is a perfect sponge for asian ingredients. I used some classic asian flavors to compliment this great meat, coupled with some lettuce cups for a Korean (and trendy Paleo) twist. Kids will love this meal too! Give it a shot instead of your next Taco night.


In a large sauté pan over high heat, pre heat oil for 1 min. Add in onions, garlic, ginger and chili paste. Quickly sauté for 30 seconds then add in meat. Break up meat with spatula and get it into loose form while combining elements in the pan. Once meat has started to brown nicely and is loose, about 8-10 minutes, add in soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Combine well and reduce heat to medium low. Let cook low for 5 minutes occasionally stirring. Remove from heat and transfer to serving bowl. Save any pan drippings for dipping sauce.

Construct lettuce cups by placing small amount of rice in lettuce cup, then topping with desired amount of meat. Garnish with green onions and hot sauce if desired.