Recipes of the Month

December 2017

MIDDLE EASTERN BISON MEATBALLS WITH CILANTRO-YOGURT SAUCE

Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce:

1 tsp

1 tsp

1/2 tsp

1 1/2 cups

1/2 cup

3

2 tbsp

1 tbsp

1 tbsp

1 tsp

1 tsp

Meatballs:

3 tbsp

1 cup

6

1/2 cup

1 tbsp

2 tbsp

2 tbsp

1 1/4 lbs

1 large

1/4 cup

1 tsp

1 tsp

1/2 tsp

1/4 tsp


fennel seeds

cumins seeds

coriander seeds

chopped fresh cilantro

whole-milk Greek-style yogurt*

green onions, chopped

chopped fresh mint

fresh lemon juice

olive oil

chopped fresh sage

sugar


olive oil, divided

finely chopped onion

garlic cloves, minced

fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless French bread

whole milk

minced seeded jalapeño chile (about 1 large)

whole-milk Greek-style yogurt

ground bison (often labeled buffalo)

egg, beaten to blend

chopped fresh cilantro

chopped fresh sage

coarse kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

ground allspice

Preparation:

For cilantro-yogurt sauce:
Toast all seeds in small skillet over medium heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Cool. Finely grind seeds in spice mill or coffee grinder. Place cilantro and all remaining ingredients in blender. Add 1 teaspoon ground seeds and process until smooth sauce forms, scraping down sides frequently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover sauce and chill. Reserve remaining ground seeds for meatballs. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated. Store remaining ground seeds in airtight container at room temperature.

For meatballs:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes (do not brown). Cool. Toss breadcrumbs with milk in small bowl to moisten. 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. 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. Using damp hands, form bison mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls. DO AHEAD: Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Preheat oven to 300°F. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in 2 batches, cook meatballs until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer meatballs to rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven to keep warm up to 15 minutes.

Serve meatballs with cilantro-yogurt sauce for dipping.

*A thick yogurt; sold at some supermarkets, specialty foods stores (such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods), and Greek markets. If unavailable, place plain whole-milk yogurt in cheesecloth-lined strainer set over large bowl. Cover and chill 4 hours to drain.

Recipe by: Epicurious

Previous Recipes

2017

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

​Lamb & Feta Sliders with Homemade Aioli

Vegetarian Lasagna

Carrot Ginger Tofu Soup

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Thai "Noodle" Salad

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Middle Eastern Bison Meatballs with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

2016

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Prosciutto, Swiss Cheese and Baby spinach

Straccetti

Drunk Man's Chicken

Simple Summer Salad

Citrus Butter Tilapia

Mushroom Crostini

Potato, Mushroom & Leek Pizza

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Southwestern Pumpkin Hummus

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Diane's Black Bean Chili

2015

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September 

October

November

December

Easy Hamburger Stroganoff

Chicken Merlot with Mushrooms

​Brandied Shrimp with Pasta

Red Wine Chili

Sangria's

Garlic Beer Steaks

Grilled Red Snapper & Veggie Skewers

Linguini with Mushroom and Olive Oil

2014

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November 

December

Spinach Fettuccine with Ginger Chicken

Wine-Roasted Cornish Gane Hens

Coq Au Vin

Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Herb Sauce

Salmon Baked in Red Wine with Mushrooms and Bacon

Shrimp and Shells Piccata

Red Wine Beef Marinade

Chicken Monterey

Savory Beef Pie

Cod Stew with Red Wine

 

 

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