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'Top' dinner with chef Dietrele's spicy duck meatballs

Wow your guests at your next summer dinner with these mouthwatering meals from chef Harold Dieterle. The winner of “Top Chef” season one shares his signature dish, spicy duck meatballs and his flavorful edamame falafel recipe.

Spicy duck meatballs

Serves four


    • 3 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, very finely chopped
    • 5 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
    • 1 pound ground duck
    • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped basil
    • 2 tablespoons chile sauce, such as sriracha or sambal
    • 1/4 cup panko
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 3 shallots, sliced crosswise
    • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/2 cup white wine
    • 8 cups Veal Stock
    • 8 sprigs fresh thyme


Baking Directions:

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and 3 cloves garlic. Cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes; remove from heat and let cool. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove duck mixture from refrigerator and form into 1 1/2-to 2-inch balls. Transfer to a baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to oven and cook for 10 minutes. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining 2 cloves garlic, 1 shallot, and plum tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add wine and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Add veal stock and thyme; let simmer for 20 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer set over another large saucepan, discarding solids. Transfer meatballs to liquid and place over medium heat. Let meatballs simmer until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Heat remaining teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 2 shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add meatballs and their cooking liquid, butter; let cook for 2 minutes.

Edamame falafel

Serves 12


  • Falafel

    • 2 pounds shelled soybeans (fresh is best, but frozen can be substituted)
    • 2 tablespoon flour
    • 2 shallots, minced
    • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
    • 1tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
    • 2 teaspoon minced chives
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Canola oil
  • Sauce

    • 1 pasteurized egg yolk (available in the frozen food section of most grocery stores)
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoon tahini
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon Sambai chili
    • 3/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup water


Baking Directions:

FalafelMince soybeans in a food processor. Put beans in a mixing bowl along with remaining ingredients except oil. Roll into one-ounce balls. Half fill a medium saucepan with canola oil and heat to 375 degrees. Fry balls for approximately three minutes over medium heat until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and season again with salt and pepper.SauceCombine egg yolk, Dijon mustard, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, salt, pepper, and chili in food processor and blend on high for about one minutes. Slowly add half the olive oil then add all the water. Add the remaining oil and season to taste.