Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Greek Meatballs

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or "keftedes".

*Disclaimer: I am not Greek. Generally speaking, I don't cook Greek food. If you are Greek, please feel free to hate this recipe, say "these are not keftedes", or just ignore entirely. I will not be offended. :)  I've taken some liberties in changing this recipe from traditional keftedes.

I will say though, that they are pretty darn tasty, simple, fast, and use ingredients that I almost always have in my kitchen/garden :)

So without further ado,

(Chris' Diet Version)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, add the following ingredients

1.5 lbs. lean ground beef
zest of 1/2 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 large onion, grated
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
about 2 sprigs of fresh mint, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix until just incorporated (I use my hands). Don't overwork.
Shape into balls (I make mine about the size of a golf ball),
and place on a baking sheet, not touching.
Bake for 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
Serve with some slices of lemon.

Makes about 24 meatballs.

 I served mine with cucumber salad and chickpeas.


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