Bison Meatballs with Tomato & Thyme

meatballs with tomato and thyme

This is another easy and flavorful recipe using the oh-so-versatile Elli & Manos Greek Flavor Bursts.  We like to use bison instead of beef because it is leaner, cooks faster and is more tender, but you can prepare the meatballs with beef or veal or pork or any combination of ground meat. You can also use just about any tomato-based Greek Flavor Burst, although we like the thyme version as the herb flavor comes out well but without over-shadowing the rest of the dish. We like to serve this hearty dish with steamed jasmine rice that nicely absorbs the sauce, but pasta or mashed potatoes are equally fabulous!


1 pound of ground bison or ground beef

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 cup water

1 onion, chopped

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 clove garlic, crushed (optional)

1 tsp Sparoza's 15 Greek Herbs & Seeds blend

Salt and pepper

2-3 tbsp of olive oil

1 jar Elli & Manos Tomato & Thyme Greek Flavor Burst


Warm your oven to 300ºF and set aside a pyrex or other oven-proof baking dish.

In a bowl mix all the ingredients with the exception of the water.

Start adding the water and continue to mix until you have a nice moist mixture that you can shape into meatballs. You may need a little more or less water depending on the breadcrumbs you are using.

Shape the meatballs and place them in the baking dish, leaving about 1/2” distance between them.

Drizzle with the olive oil and add the Elli & Manos Tomato & Thyme sauce  stirring a little to blend. You can add a little more water if you prefer a more watered sauce.

Put in the oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes.


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