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KEFTEDES: GREEK MEATBALLS

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Ingredients

  • Makes about 25 medium (golf ball sized) meatballs.
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, very finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • about 1/2 cup all purpose flour for dredging
  • olive oil for frying

Instructions

1

Keftedes are a classic Greek appetizer. They are surprisingly light and super delicious. Serve them with tzatziki sauce, which is a Greek yogurt and cucumber dip, or with ketchup. My kids love them with ketchup. Wait a minute! They love everything with ketchup....

2

Chop the garlic in the food processor until minced. Add the onion and pulse until very finely chopped.

3

Put the garlic and onion in a bowl lined with paper towel to catch the juices and to dry the onion before adding to the meat.

4

Chop the bell pepper in the food processor until very finely chopped.

5

Whisk the milk and egg together.

6

Combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, parmesan and all of the ingredients except the flour and oil obviously 🙂

7

Mix well with your clean hands.

8

Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour up to overnight if you can. This allows all of the flavors to really come together. I have made these in a hurry without refrigerating the mixture and it comes out very good.

9

Form the meatballs into round golf ball sized pieces. Roll them in flour. shake off the excess flour and shape them nice and round.

10

Heat oil in a frying pan. I like to use a cast iron pan since it retains heat very well.

11

Fry the meatballs in batches of about 8 meatballs each time. They take 6-10 minutes to cook depending on their size. As soon as they turn a dark golden brown, remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and allow them to drain on a plate covered with paper towels.

12

Serve them hot or cold. Enjoy!

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