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Eat This: Maple Blueberry Bison Meatloaf

Feature, Healthy & Easy Recipes | October 13, 2015

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Cold weather and the first flakes of snow call for comfort food. On today’s menu, bison meatloaf. But not just ANY bison meatloaf. A combination of sweet and savoury makes for a meatloaf that is elevated beyond the good ol’fashioned beef-and-ketchup style meatloaf.

In the summer, I had the opportunity to try a Sweetgrass Bison burger. I LOVE bison, being from the Prairies, but sometimes I’m disappointed with the quality of bison available to me.

WELL! Sweetgrass Bison is a whole other level of bison-y goodness. Its flavourful, without being dry and cardboardy like I sometimes find bison of not so fabulous quality to be. I mean, this stuff is TOP NOTCH. If you live in Alberta you are oh so lucky. You can order online, but I came across them at a Crossfit event and stocked up on some ground bison – and voila – the first gloomy day – I was off to the races developing this meatloaf recipe!

What I love about bison is it’s a super lean, but still flavourful meat. I love to order bison tenderloin when I go to a restaurant that focuses on local food. I love bison burgers, especially with any sort of cheese! Bison meatloaf is something I’ve never tried, but was inspired to do so when I was craving some serious comfort food.

Maple Blueberry Bison Meatloaf

Eat This: Maple Blueberry Bison Meatloaf
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Andrea Hardy, RD
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Serves: 5 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground bison. Obvs - I used Sweetgrass Bison.
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 wheel of brie - (I used Alexi de Portneuf Brise du matin - a very nice mild brie found in a ton of grocery stores)
  • 3/4 cup blueberries, macerated
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Add flax and oats to bison, and mix until evenly distributed
  3. In a separate bowl, combine thyme, sage, salt, egg, and 3 Tbsp maple syrup, reserving 1 Tbsp
  4. Combine bison mixture with spice and egg mixture
  5. Add macerated blueberries (an awesome word for mashed up)
  6. Break wheel of brie into small pieces and stir into bison mixture
  7. Press into loaf pan that has been greased. Cover with tin foil.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for ~1 hour to 1:15 hours, or until meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of ~165 degrees.
  9. For the last ~10 minutes of baking, remove tin foil and drizzle remaining 1 Tbsp of maple syrup. Return to oven to continue to cook.
  10. Let cool, slice and enjoy alongside mashed potatoes or as pictured, fast-cook barley - the texture contrast of the two is AMAZING!

Here is the link to Sweetgrass Bison.

Meatloaf Tips and Tricks

  • I used frozen blueberries and unthawed them in the microwave – they are much easier to macerate¬†than fresh, but either can be used
  • I love the way flax compliments berries, I added it for texture and flavour but feel free to omit or add a bit more oats

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