How to make it

  • Whisk first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add bison; toss. Heat large pot over medium heat. Add bacon; cook until crisp. Transfer to paper towels. Add 2 tbs oil to pot; increase heat to medium-high. Working in batches, cook bison until browned, adding more oil by tbs as needed. Return to same bowl. Add chopped onion, carrot, celery, and garlic to pot; cover and cook until vegetables soften, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add wine; bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add broth, tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, sage, reserved bacon, and bison. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer until bison is tender, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours (beef may take 1 1/2 hours).
  • Meanwhile, cook pearl onions in large saucepan of boiling salted water 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl of ice water; trim and peel.
  • Transfer bison to rimmed baking sheet. Cut meat off bones; cut meat into 3/4-inch cubes. Add parsnips and turnips to pot with bison sauce. Simmer until tender, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes. Add pearl onions; cook 5 minutes. Return meat to pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling lightly salted water until tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Drain. Heat milk, butter and cream in medium saucepan until almost boiling. Rice potatoes into large mixing bowl. add milk mixture, 1 tsp coarse salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper and whisk until smooth and slightly cooled, about 2 minutes. Whisk in egg.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spoon bison filling into 3-quart (13x9x2-inch) baking dish. Spoon mashed potatoes over; smooth top to cover completely.
  • Beat egg and 1 tbs water to blend. Brush over potatoes, then sprinkle cheese all over. Pie can be made 1 day in advance.
  • Bake pie until top is browned and filling is heated through 30 to 40 minutes (50-60 minutes if chilled). Let rest 10 minutes.
  • Wine suggestion: a full-bodied red like the 2007 Auguste Bessac Crozes-Hermitage (France, $20).

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    " It was excellent "
    snowcat17 ate it and said...
    I have never tried bison.. 'tundra'.. (Dancing With Wolves".. I will try this;0 HIGH FIVE FORKS!!
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