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How to Create your Own Middle Eastern Bison Meatballs with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

How to Create your Own Middle Eastern Bison Meatballs with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

We cannot deny the fact that each of us loves to eat meat, it is the same as those individuals who are in a diet, or those who are cutting their sugar and calorie intake for some health and fitness related reasons. Among the meat that we eat are Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Lamb, and Pork, and within this group one type really beats the rest, and it is the Beef Meat, which includes the ones from cows and oxen. To give you a further knowledge and experience in how these great food can really make your tummy happy, here is a recipe of Middle Eastern Bison Meatballs with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce.

Middle Eastern Bison Meatballs with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

here’s what you’ll need to do:

For Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk Greek-style yogurt*
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For Meatballs:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs made from crust-less French bread
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chili (about 1 large)
  • 2 tablespoons whole-milk Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground bison (often labeled buffalo)
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice



For cilantro-yogurt sauce:
1. Toast all seeds in small skillet over medium heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, stirring often for 2 minutes. Cool.

2.  Finely grind seeds in spice mill or coffee grinder.

3. Place cilantro and all remaining ingredients in blender.

4. Add 1 teaspoon ground seeds and process until smooth sauce forms, scraping down sides frequently. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5.  Cover sauce and chill. Reserve remaining ground seeds for meatballs.

Tip: Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated. Store remaining ground seeds in airtight container at room temperature.

For meatballs:
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy small skillet over medium heat.

2.  Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes (do not brown). Cool.

3. Toss breadcrumbs with milk in small bowl to moisten.

4.  Place cooled onion mixture, breadcrumb mixture, reserved ground seeds from cilantro-yogurt sauce, jalapeño, and yogurt in processor. Using on/off turns, process until coarse puree forms.

5.  Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Add bison, egg, cilantro, sage, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, pepper, and allspice. Using hands or fork, mix until just blended.

6. Using damp hands, form bison mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls. DO AHEAD: Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

For Serving:

1.  Preheat oven to 300°F. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

2. Working in 2 batches, cook meatballs until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch.

3. Transfer meatballs to rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven to keep warm up to 15 minutes.

4. Serve meatballs with cilantro-yogurt sauce for dipping.

Nutritional Facts:

Per serving:

-431 calories

-32 g fat (11 g saturated)

-125 mg cholesterol

– 365 mg sodium

– 11 g carbohydrates

– 2 g fiber

-26 g protein

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