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Free Range Bison / Middle Eastern food

Kibbeh Nayyeh With Bison: Lebanese Spiced Raw Meat Dish

Kibbeh Nayyeh With Bison: Lebanese Spiced Raw Meat Dish

Middle Eastern food has always been one of my absolute favorite things to eat. The flavors are amazing and I always feel great afterwards. Kibbeh nayyeh is said to have been around since biblical times. If you’re interested in trying out eating meat raw for the first time, this is a great way to do it (tartare and carpaccio are delicious as well). Some claim that eating good quality raw meat has great health benefits. Kibbeh nayyeh is an experience to be savored, an intersection of ancient and modern that has been around for millenia yet has an upscale appeal in current times.


Also Read: Lebanese Kibbeh With Bison, Pine Nuts And Fragrant Spices


Kibbeh Nayyeh With Bison Lebanese Spiced Raw Meat Dish - Beck & Bulow

When making raw meat dishes like kibbeh nayyeh, it’s always imperative to use high quality, pasture raised meat that’s been kept frozen for 14 days. This ensures that the meat is free of bacteria. For kibbeh nayyeh, you can use ground bison meat or lean steaks like filet mignon. If you use another cut that has more fat, you’ll want to trim that off first. The fresh herbs really make a difference in the flavor, so be sure to use fresh rather than dried. The Lebanese seven spice blend, also known as baharat, can be found in some international or gourmet grocery stores. It’s also really simple to make at home. Simply mix one tablespoon each of allspice, coriander and cinnamon with one and a half tablespoons each of ground cloves, cumin and nutmeg. The extra is nice to have on hand for other cooking.


Also Read: British Toad-In-The-Hole With Hickory Smoked Bison Sausage


Free Range Bison, Raised The Way Nature Intended


Our bison live free range on 20,000 beautiful acres here in New Mexico, or roam freely on our carefully selected partner ranches. They are pasture raised and never administered any amount of hormones, steroids or antibiotics. These are powerful, strong animals that live essentially wild with minimal handling. There were once 60 million bison roaming North America, and we hope to see their numbers increase back to even 1 million during our lifetime. By increasing the demand for ethically sourced bison meat, we can help to bolster their population. The more people that want to purchase this nourishing and nutrient dense meat, the more farmers will be encouraged to raise bison. This directly helps to increase the number of herds which assists in providing genetic diversity for the population.


Kibbeh Nayyeh With Bison Lebanese Spiced Raw Meat Dish - Beck & Bulow

Ingredients:



  • 1 lb bison meat, kept frozen for 14 days from the time of butchering
  • 1 cup finely ground bulgur wheat
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ⅓ large green bell pepper,
  • 15 fresh mint leaves
  • 10 fresh marjoram leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Lebanese 7 spice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅔ teaspoon sea salt
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Pita bread, chopped fresh mint leaves and toasted pine nuts for serving

Also Read: South Asian Burmese Curry Stew With Pasture Raised Bison


Instructions:



  1. Thaw the frozen bison meat for about an hour and a half in the refrigerator. At this point, it should be about halfway thawed.
  2. Add the meat to a food processor along with the ground cinnamon and 5 ice cubes. Pulse the meat until it is ground very fine. Check that the meat is not becoming warm in between each pulse - if necessary, add more ice cubes to ensure that it stays cold. Place the meat in the refrigerator until you’re ready to mix with the other ingredients.
  3. Soak the bulgur in ice water for about 10 minutes, stirring a couple times. Drain into a strainer and press with a cheesecloth to press out as much water as possible. Set aside.
  4. Add the bell pepper, minced shallot, fresh herbs, sea salt, cayenne and Lebanese 7 spice to the food processor. Combine until finely chopped.
  5. Add the chilled meat to a large mixing bowl. Mix in the soaked bulgur wheat along with the mixture from the food processor. Use your hands to combine, taking a few minutes to ensure that everything is thoroughly and evenly incorporated.
  6. Transfer the kibbeh nayyeh to a medium sized serving dish and press it down into a mound or patty. Use a small knife to create a diamond shaped grid on top, or any other design you prefer.
  7. Garnish the kibbeh nayyeh with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped mint and toasted pine nuts. Enjoy immediately with warm pita bread.

Kibbeh Nayyeh With Bison Lebanese Spiced Raw Meat Dish - Beck & Bulow

Our Team Would Love To Hear From You


At Beck & Bulow, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based.


Also Read: Instant Pot BBQ Brisket With Bison Or American Wagyu Beef


Every cut of meat is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of humanely raised elk, bison, grass fed beef, lamb, wild boar, poultry and wild caught Alaskan seafood.

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Middle Eastern Bison Sirloin Steak With Za’Atar & Tahini

Middle Eastern Bison Sirloin Steak With Za’Atar & Tahini

I love the flavors of Middle Eastern food, and Za’atar seasoning makes it easy to give any cut of meat a richly spiced, seared crust that tastes amazing. Za’atar spice is the perfect balance of flavors, combining herbs like oregano and thyme with tangy sumac and rich, nutty sesame seeds. If you’ve never tried cooking with it before, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to put it on everything. It’s fairly easy to find in stores, but making your own is simple to do (and often tastier). There’s lots of great recipes available online to choose from for making Za’atar. I’d suggest making a big batch - these flavors are addictive!


Also Read: Bison or Grass Fed Beef Filets With Shiitake Mushrooms


Middle Eastern Bison Sirloin Steak With Za’Atar & Tahini - Beck & Bulow

Bison top sirloin steak is the perfect choice for this quick and easy recipe. Just steam some rice beforehand, and if you want, sauté some vegetables to go on top. The tahini sauce is so delicious, you’ll want to put it on absolutely everything. Chopping the steak into bite-sized pieces makes them cook very quickly, and we always recommend cooking bison less than you would beef. A couple minutes is all it will take to have these mouth watering pieces of sirloin steak cooked to perfection.


If You Like Beef, You’re Going To Love Bison


If you’ve never eaten bison before, you’re probably curious what it tastes like. The simple answer is that if you like the flavor of beef, you’re going to absolutely love bison. It’s very similar, but with a slightly sweeter taste. It’s naturally leaner and more tender. It has no “gamey” flavor whatsoever. Many customers tell us that once they try bison, they’re amazed at how delicious and versatile it is - any recipe that you’d typically use beef for, bison meat will taste great in.


Also Read: New Mexico Hatch Green Chile, Bison & Sweet Potato Pie


Free Range Bison, Raised The Way Nature Intended


Our bison live free range on over 5,000 beautiful acres here in New Mexico, or roam freely on our carefully selected partner ranches. The ranch has a stunning landscape including natural springs, caves and lots of trees on its rolling hills. When we introduced these bison to the land our ranch is on, they were the first buffalo to roam there in over 100 years. These are powerful, strong animals that live essentially wild with minimal handling.


Middle Eastern Bison Sirloin Steak With Za’Atar & Tahini - Beck & Bulow

There were once 60 million bison roaming North America, and we hope to see their numbers increase back to even 1 million during our lifetime. By increasing the demand for ethically sourced bison meat, we can help to bolster their population. The more people that want to purchase this nourishing and nutrient dense meat, the more farmers will be encouraged to raise bison. This directly helps to increase the number of herds which assists in providing genetic diversity for the population.


Ingredients:



  • 1 pound bison top sirloin steak
  • 1 teaspoon bison tallow
  • 2 tablespoons Za’atar seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
  • Pinch smoked paprika
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • hot/warm water as needed
  • Juice of ½ small lemon
  • 1 large garlic clove

Also Read: Bison Tenderloin Bruschetta With Rosemary Balsamic Spread


Instructions:



  1. Let the sirloin steak sit out at room temperature for approximately 15 minutes before cooking. Chop the steak into chunks.
  2. Melt the teaspoon of bison tallow and let it cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pieces of sirloin steak with the tallow. Add in the sea salt and Za’atar seasoning. Combine thoroughly.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the meat in. Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes, taking care not to overcook. Set the cooked meat aside and cover to keep warm.
  4. Combine the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, and about ¼ cup of warm water in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary to reach desired consistency.
  5. Serve the Za’atar bison sirloin steak over freshly steamed rice, if desired. Spoon the tahini dressing generously over top and enjoy!

Middle Eastern Bison Sirloin Steak With Za’Atar & Tahini - Beck & Bulow

The Beck & Bulow Team Is Here To Help


We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based.


Also Read: Homemade Spaghetti With Bison & Wild Boar Meatballs


Every cut of meat is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of humanely raised chicken, elk, bison, beef, lamb, wild boar, pork and seafood.

Read more