Keftedes – Greek Meatballs

The Greek meatballs, keftedes, are a famously delicious dish. Commonly served as part of a meze alongside a variety of sauces and pita bread. Keftedes can also be enjoyed as part of a main meal often accompanied, by a Greek feta salad and/or rice.

We have created our own, easy to prepare keftedes recipe that you can try from the comfort of your home. Keep reading on to find out how you can make this traditional Greek recipe.

Ingredients

  • 700g ground beef & Pork
  • 1 medium red onion, grated
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, minced
  • 150g stale bread
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh spearmint
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsps red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Flour for dredging

 

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl then mix well for at least 5 minutes. Ensure to squeeze well with your hands to allow the flavours to blend. The cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. Take the mixture out of the fridge and roll into meatballs the size of a walnut. Next, dredge the rolled meatballs lightly in the flour ensuring to shake off any excess.
  3. Fry the meatballs in a pan until nicely browned on all sides. This should be done in batches of 10-15 at a time.
  4. An alternative to frying the keftedes is to bake or grill them in the oven. Preheat the oven at 200C and place the unfloured keftedes on greased baking sheet about an inch apart. Let them bake for about 20 minutes, turning the meatballs upside down midway through cooking time.
  5. Once your Keftedes are cooked, enjoy them as part of a meze with some creamy tzatziki sauce and pita breads. Or why not try as a main course with a Greek salad.

 

We hope you have enjoyed following our easy to make Keftedes recipe. Let us know how yours turned out by leaving us a comment below!

 

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