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Using dipping sauces can give your dishes a more unique flavor experience. Consider these Fiery Beef Harissa Polpettes with Cooling Milk Goat Cheese Sauce from award-winning chef Elisa Wiggins. Inspired by her time spent cooking in Mexico and Central America, Wiggins puts a new spin on the popular polpette (Italian meatball), pairing bold seasonings with a cooling, dairy-based dipping sauce, made with hand-crafted and chef-preferred Shamrock Farms® milk. The recipe combination uses the naturally soothing proteins in milk to help combat the spice of the various chiles to cool down taste buds and complement the flavors.

Fiery Beef Harissa Polpettes with Cooling Milk Goat Cheese Sauce

Yield: 12 polpettes


  • 1 dry ancho chile
  • 2 dry guajillo chiles
  • 10 dry arbol chiles
  • 2 dry cayenne chiles
  • hot water
  • 1 tablespoon Katy’s Kitchen® cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Katy’s Kitchen coriander seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Katy’s Kitchen lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Shamrock Farms Heavy Cream
  • 1 Markon® lemon, zest only, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Katy’s Kitchen hot smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground beef

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 cup Shamrock Farms Whole Milk
  • 1 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, loosely packed and julienned
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  • 2 Fair Meadow® whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • all-purpose flour
  • panko breadcrumbs

To make polpettes:

Heat oven to 350° F

In pan, cover chiles with hot water; simmer until chiles are soft and pliable. In warm sauté pan, toast cumin and coriander until fragrant. In spice grinder, grind until seeds turn to powder.

Remove chiles from water; reserve water. In blender, combine chiles, garlic, ground spices, tomato paste, lemon juice, heavy cream, lemon zest, hot smoked paprika, salt and 1/2 cup reserved chile water; blend until smooth, thick paste forms.

Combine spicy harissa sauce with beef; mix well to incorporate. Roll into 2-ounce balls and place on sheet tray. Cook 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Leave oven on.

To make dipping sauce:

In food processor, blend milk, goat cheese, mint and sugar. Place in dipping bowl in refrigerator until ready to serve.

To make breading:

In pan, crack eggs and add water; whip to incorporate. In separate pans, place flour and bread crumbs. Roll cooled polpettes in flour. Dust off excess. Roll in egg wash then breadcrumbs; set aside. Repeat until all polpettes are breaded.

Place polpettes back on sheet tray. Cook until golden brown, approximately 10-12 minutes. Serve polpettes hot with chilled dipping sauce.

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