Lunchbreak: Chef Michael Kornick’s Bison Rib Roast

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Chef Michael Kornick

The Bison Council

Chef Michael Kornick’s Roast Bison Rib Roast


1, 3-4 lbs boneless bison rib roast
2 oz olive oil
1 lb seasonal mushrooms (cremini, oyster, trumpet, chanterelle, any of your favorites!)
3 oz butter
2 red onions
4 oz olive oil
2 oz balsamic syrup or glaze
1 1/2 cups peppercorn sauce

Trim any excess fat off roast (especially near thinnest part). Rub roast with 2 ounces oil, and season with salt and ground black pepper. Place in a roasting pan on a roasting rack. Roast at 375F for 45 minutes. Reduce heat to 275F. In 15 minutes, check internal temperature with a thermometer. Continue every 15 minutes. For rare to medium rare, pull roast out at 115F. It will continue to cook as it rests. Do not slice for at least 20 minutes. Garnish platter with the onions and mushrooms. After roast rests, slice thin and serve immediately with peppercorn sauce.

Peppercorn Sauce

3 cups demi-glace
2 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet
4 Tbs green peppercorns in brine, drained well
2 Tbs cracked black peppercorns
4 oz unsalted butter
2 shallots, peeled and sliced
1/2 carrot, diced small
1/2 rib of celery, diced small
1 tsp sliced garlic
2 canned Italian plum tomatoes, diced, or 2 tsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs thyme

In a 1 1/2 quart sauce pot, sweat shallots, carrots and celery in 2 ounces of butter. Wait until tender and lightly browned. Add diced tomatoes or tomato paste, and continue cooking for 10 minutes over medium/low heat.  Add red wine, bring to simmer and reduce slowly until ½ evaporated. Add demi-glace. Bring to simmer, and reduce gently until sauce-like consistency (reduce by approximately 25-30 percent).  Add thyme and bay leaf. Cook slowly for about 10 minutes. Do not reduce by much, if any.  Strain into a clean sauce pot. Bring to simmer, and add peppercorns. Season with salt, to taste, and whisk in remaining butter. Serve warm.

Note: Demi-glace requires at least 1 day of advanced preparation, or can be purchased from Demi-Glace Gold or Knorr-Swiss in specialty markets.

Directions for Mushrooms:
Trim stems, slice or halve if very large.  Season with salt and pepper. Sauté at high heat in butter, reserve.

Directions for Balsamic Onions:
Slice 3 onions into 6 thick slices. Brush or drizzle with oil and season with salt. Char over high heat in a non-stick pan.  Note: Onions should burn on the outside, and remain sweet and delicious on the inside. When cool enough to touch, drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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