After Christmas when we were driving from Richmond, VA to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, The Grillmaster and I stopped at a little health food store that had been recommended to us by a friend. While at Beach Organics in Grandy, NC, we picked up some buffalo andouille sausage from a company called The Buffalo Guys. I made a delicious Black-Eyed Pea Polenta Casserole with the sausage for New Year’s (gotta eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, you know). Then I started thinking that it would be fun to do a Virtual Potluck party featuring buffalo. I contacted the head Buffalo Guy and we’ve been planning today’s party ever since.
It’s finally party time! Welcome to the buffalo round-up. You’ll find 11 different recipes featuring buffalo sausage in the food blogosphere today – ravioli, brats & beans, sausage with cabbage and potatoes, soup, stuffed mushrooms, cacciatore, jambalaya, gluten-free corn dog muffins, gumbo, risotto and salad (links below). What a line-up! The Buffalo Guys sent each VP participant a sampler package that included hot dogs, bratwurst, Polish sausage and andouille, all made from range-raised buffalo that are never subjected to growth hormones or antibiotics. All four sausages, which do not contain preservatives, fillers, MSG, nitrates or nitrites, will be featured in the recipes today.
Buffalo meat is sweet and juicy, yet hearty. It scores well nutritionally when compared to beef, pork and chicken.
|Per 100g cooked meat||Buffalo||Beef (90% lean)||Pork||Chicken breast, skinless|
|Fat||2g (1g sat)||12g (5g sat)||18g (5g sat)||4g (1g sat)|
Nutritional information courtesy of The Buffalo Guys. They obtained it from the US Department of Agriculture.
I also really like the philosophy of The Buffalo Guys as a company. Two Kansas buffalo ranchers, Peter and Ken, had a vision to make available superior tasting meat that had been responsibly raised. Demand for their product quickly exceeded the supply. They decided to share their animal husbandry and environmental standards with other family buffalo ranches. Not only were they able to increase the amount of meat available to consumers, but they also helped revitalize the buffalo producing industry. Everybody won.
Now on to the fabulous recipes featuring buffalo sausage!
|Buffalo Bratwurst & Ricotta Ravioli
Cooking with Books
Photo courtesy of Cooking with Books
|Buffalo Brats & Beans
The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Photo courtesy of The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
|Polish Sausage with Smothered Cabbage and Mashed Potatoes
Thyme in Our Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Thyme in Our Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Cookistry
|Buffalo Andouille Stuffed Mushrooms
Miss in the Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Miss in the Kitchen
|Chicken & Buffalo Andouille Cacciatore
Photo courtesy of Farmgirl Gourmet
|Buffalo Andouille and Shrimp Jambalaya
Photo courtesy of Foodie
|Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Dog Muffins (Gluten-Free)
Photo courtesy of GrooVy Foody
|Creole Gumbo with Buffalo Andouille
Photo courtesy of 30AEATS
|Chicken and Buffalo Andouille Risotto
Bite and Booze
Photo courtesy of Bite and Booze
|Buffalo Bratwurst Salad with Apples and Candied Pecans
Discount on Buffalo Sausage
Are you ready to try some buffalo sausage for yourself? The Buffalo Guys will offer a 15% discount off any hot dog or sausage purchase through the end of March 2012. Just go to their online store and enter the code VIRTUALPOTLUCK when you check out. I’m sure they would also appreciate it if you gave their Facebook page a LIKE.