A meatball can have a couple of different textures, the two most common are tight and sausage-like or delicate and moist, practically falling apart. This beet green bison meatball recipe falls into the second category, pairing perfectly with light tomato-based dishes.
Plus, it has hidden greens for added nutrition and helping you reduce food waste. Boom!
The Meatball Ingredients
These meatballs only require 4 ingredients: ground bison, beet greens, Italian seasoning, and real salt.
Similar to the way jicama adds a creamy texture in these bison jicama meatballs, the beet greens add depth of flavor, moisture, and that melt-in-your-mouth but stay together texture.
They also add nutrition! Like other leafy greens, eating lots of beet greens is associated with better health. They are particularly full of Vitamins K and A.
Just like when we are using carrot tops, we'll want to discard the bottom stemmy parts of the greens.
Cutting the beet greens
Layout the beets and the washed greens on a cutting surface. Find the point at which the stems start to sprout leaves.
Using a knife, cut at that point and either compost the stems or save them for a vegetable broth.
That leaves the stems with large leafy greens attached for us to use in the dish.
Making the Meatballs
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Step 1) Mix the ingredients
Step 2) Form 1.5 inch balls and lay out evenly on a baking sheet
Step 3) Bake at 425 for just 10 minutes.
It's OK to have large loose pieces of beet greens sticking out. Try to keep them tucked in, but a few will sneak out.
How to serve these Beet Green Bison Meatballs?
The bison and beet meatballs go excellently with a marinara or spaghetti and meatballs dish.
However, my favorite pairing is with the cucumber ratatouille.
Beet Green Bison Meatballs
- baking sheet
- 1 1/2 cups beet greens chopped
- 1 lb ground bison
- 1/2 tbsp Italian seasonings
- 1/2 tsp real salt
- Preheat the oven to 425
- Mix greens, bison, and seasonings until well combined in a bowl
- Form 1.5 inch balls and spread them evenly on a baking sheet
- Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through