from The Arizona Republic

Middle Eastern Sage-Shrimp Bison Skewers

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Middle Eastern sage shrimp bison skewers / Associated PressShrimp, sausage and bison… Together! On a stick!

Roll with me on this one. These Middle Eastern-style skewers combine a potent but delicious seasoning blend (gobs of black pepper and ground star anise) with a mix of ground sausage, bison and shrimp. The result is deliciously meaty and warmly spicy.

And since the holidays are a time to entertain, we prepared these as tiny party-friendly skewers. If you’d prefer them for dinner, you could use larger skewers with more meat (you’ll need to adjust the cooking time). You also can skip the sticks entirely and form them into meatballs.

While I favored bison in this blend because it is naturally lean, you also could use lean ground beef or turkey.

If you want to offer a simple dipping sauce for these skewers, mix together equal parts toasted sesame oil, seasoned rice vinegar and soy sauce, as well as a bit of garlic powder and finely diced

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