grilled buffalo steaks

Take a walk on the wild side with this recipe for Grilled Buffalo Steaks.

Buffalo meat is a little more full-flavored than beef. The best way to serve tender, moist buffalo is to grill the steak hot and fast for rare to medium-rare doneness.

Overcooked buffalo is tough and dry. Foods should melt in your mouth and make you feel really good.

Ingredients

Half moon cast iron griddle
Honey Date Butter
1⁄4 cup butter, softened
1 shallot, minced
1⁄2 cup dried pitted honey dates (approx. 6), coarsely chopped
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp chopped fresh sage
Splash of cognac
Pinch of nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 buffalo strip loin steaks (5 to 6 oz/each), cut 11⁄2 inches (4 cm) thick 2 tsp
Your choice of Steak Spice
Drizzle of honey
1⁄2 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

To prepare the Honey Date Butter, mix the softened butter with the shallot pieces, dates, honey and sage in a bowl. Add a splash of cognac and season to taste with a pinch of nutmeg, kosher salt and black pepper. Mix and set aside at room temperature.

Season buffalo steaks with the Steak Spice, pressing the seasoning into the meat. Set the EGG for direct cooking at 600°F/316°C.

Toast the sliced almonds over the hot fire in half moon cast iron griddle, flipping the almonds to keep them from sticking and burning. Remove once toasted and set aside, keeping warm.

Grill steaks directly over the fire with the dome open for 3–4 minutes per side for rare to medium-rare doneness. After the flip, spoon a small amount of the Honey Date Butter over the steaks and brush it into the meat. Remove buffalo steaks from EGG and let rest for 5 minutes, tented loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil.

Slice the steaks on the bias and serve with a little extra dollop of Honey Date Butter. Garnish with toasted sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey.

Serves four.

Recipe and photo from Big Green Egg and reprinted from Gastro Grilling: Fired-Up Recipes to Grill Great Everyday Meals (Pintail; March 26, 2014). Recipe: © Ted Reader, 2013