Have you ever had elk meatball? If you have not, then you are missing out. It is soft yet rich in flavor and a good source of lean protein. I describe it as juicy, tender and delicious. When you consider wild game meat, elk meatball is at the top of the game. And it doesn’t take much time to prepare; in general, you just need a little salt and pepper.
As you plan to go for a hunting trip this elk season, you should consider getting the best elk hunting boots that offer you good traction and has the right amount of insulation to help you in your catch so as you can have enough elk meat in the freezer to eat when you get the craving for it.
Let’s take a look at how we can make this mouth watering appetizer of elk meatball.
- 1 lb. elk meat (or substitute beef or bison)
- 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of diced fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
For the sauce:
- 1 Tablespoon of cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoon blackstrap molasses/honey
How to prepare
Heat the oven up to 375 degrees.
Heat the oil in a big frying pan with medium heat until it starts to shimmer. Add onions and garlic then cook, stir frequently, until the onions become soft, this takes about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the pan and let cool a bit.
Slit the bread into jagged 1-inch pieces and put in a large bowl. Add milk then stir until the mix forms a wet mash. Let it sit for 5 minutes for the bread to absorb the milk. Add the cooled garlic and onions, along with the elk, beef, salt, pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon of the spices you have. Use your hands to mix until they combine.
Fill a medium bowl with water. Set aside two rimmed baking sheets. Form the meat mixture into 1-1/4-inch meatballs, wetting your hands as necessary to keep the mixture from sticking, and keep them about 1/2 inch apart on the baking tray.
Place the vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, molasses, chili powder, and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon of all the spices in a large pan. Bring the mix to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer.
Place one sheet of meatball and in the oven broil until the color changes to brown within 10 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to the simmering pot, sauce and stir gently to coat. Repeat the same with all the meatballs.
Cook carefully while stirring the meatballs frequently, until the sauce has thickened slightly and within 30 to 40 minutes the meatballs should be fully cooked.
Serve the meatballs with some toothpicks for dipping and enjoy!
There are different varieties of elk meatball recipe that you can try out but if you don’t find any ground elk-beef or bison will do the magic.
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