Cooking Tips and Recipes

Grilled Bison and Roasted Vegetable Skewers

(makes 4 servings)

1 pound ground lean bison

1/4 cup crumbled crackers (about 6 small squares)

1/4 cup chopped cilantro or Italian parsley

1 egg white, beaten

3 ounces crumbled feta cheese

3 tablespoons chopped Kalamata or black olives

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

16 2-inch squares bell peppers (assorted colors)

12 8-inch wooden skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes

Spicy Orange Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows

Assorted vegetables, basted with flavored olive oil (enough to make up 8 skewers)

In medium bowl, combine bison, cracker crumbs, cilantro, egg white, feta cheese, olives, salt, cinnamon, black pepper and garlic. Mix until well blended. Shape into 8 large meatballs. To prepare a skewer: alternate 4 bell pepper squares and 2 meatballs per skewer.  Repeat process making 4 skewers.

To barbecue: Grill over moderate coals (heat). Barbecue bison and vegetable skewers for 5 minutes.  Turn, baste bison skewers with spicy barbecue sauce and grill 4-5 minutes longer or until done. Baste vegetable skewers with flavored oil and grill 5-7 minutes longer or until tender.  Serve.

Nutrients per serving for skewers: calories 419; protein 34g; carbohydrates 34g; iron 6 mg; dietary fiber 8g; fat 17g; cholesterol 84mg; sodium 998mg.

Spicy Orange Barbecue Sauce:

     1/4 cup orange marmalade

     1 tablespoon chili powder

     1 teaspoon dry mustard

     1 teaspoon vinegar

In small bowl, mix all ingredients.  Use as basting sauce.

Nutrients per serving for sauce: calories 60; protein .52g; carbohydrates 15g; iron .49mg; fat .5g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 30mg.

Preparation time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 10-12 minutes.