Kurdish Meatballs with Swiss Chard Recipe

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Light meat patties stuffed with Swiss chard and simmered in stock with wine.

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Servings: 4


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  1. Cut away the hard white stem of the Swiss chard leaves. Reserve them.
  2. Put the green leaves in a large pan without any added water. Cook, covered, over low heat till they wilt (about 2 minutes).
  3. Allow the greens to cool and chop them finely.
  4. Into a bowl, put the meat, egg, onion, chopped Swiss chard, bread crumbs and spices.
  5. Mix, then knead till you have a firm, well-blended mix.
  6. Prepare a skillet with a little oil on the bottom. Fry the meatballs for 5 minutes on each side, just enough to make them hold together and to give them a good brown color.
  7. Cut the white part of the beet stems into finger-sized pieces.
  8. In a medium-sized pot, fry the garlic in olive oil for 2 minutes and add the lemon juice.
  9. Add the meatballs and beet stems. Cover with water or stock.
  10. Cook, covered, 20 minutes or until the meatballs are done.
  11. When the meatballs are done, removed them from the pot and put them aside.
  12. Heat the skillet where the meatballs had fried.
  13. Add the cup of wine and stir to loosen up any savory bits.
  14. Dissolve 1 teaspoon cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of more wine and stir it in.
  15. Add this liquid to the pot and simmer the liquid, uncovered. When it thickens slightly, return the meatballs to the pot.
  16. Chop the scallions and scatter them over the meatballs just before bringing them to the table.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 427g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 478  
Calories from Fat 207 43%
Total Fat 22.95g 29%
Saturated Fat 6.63g 27%
Trans Fat 0.68g  
Cholesterol 247mg 82%
Sodium 894mg 37%
Potassium 763mg 22%
Total Carbs 8.44g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 3%
Sugars 2.03g 1%
Protein 46.3g 74%


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