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When my husband and I first started dating (after strolling throughout the nation collectively… actually), we had the possibility to journey round Europe just a little. Whereas we had been there, we tried as many new cuisines as we might. Among the best meals we had was at a scrumptious Greek restaurant in downtown Brussels. I’ve by no means been capable of finding Greek meals that good since then, so I’ve been experimenting with recipes. These Greek meatballs are a results of these experiments.
Keftedes with Tzatziki (Greek Meatballs With Cucumber Sauce)
If you happen to’re ever at a Greek restaurant or pageant and see keftedes and tzatziki on the menu it’s speaking about meatballs with a cucumber yogurt sauce. The meatballs have a refined, herby taste from fennel and mint and just a little brightness from lemon.
The tzatziki is simply plain scrumptious on every part. I made it for the primary time to go together with the meatballs, nevertheless it additionally makes an superior veggie dip and salad dressing. I wish to make it in just a little meals processor or with an immersion blender to make every part actually clean, however you may as well simply chop the garlic and cucumber finely and whisk every part collectively.
This meal is scrumptious any time of yr, however we particularly adore it through the summer time when cucumber, fennel, and mint are recent and accessible on the farmers’ markets.
Make It Forward!
The tzatziki can be utilized instantly after making it, however the flavors actually grow to be extra pronounced when you refrigerate it for an hour or so earlier than serving. Making forward is at all times helpful!
Whilst you’re at it, the meatballs could be rolled into balls and refrigerated till cooking time too. I simply put them on a baking sheet and put the entire sheet within the fridge. Generally I make a double batch and freeze some for one more meal.
Often, I serve the meatballs alongside Greek salad or tossed on a romaine salad with tomatoes and cucumber. And if I’m headed to a potluck, these Greek meatballs make an superior appetizer. I stick them on skewers with grape tomatoes, chunks of cucumber, and cubes of feta.
If you happen to’d like an even bigger model, I even have a Greek meatloaf recipe with related flavors. Possibly subsequent time we’ve a Greek evening I’ll attempt these baklava-inspired shortbread cookies for dessert.
Greek Meatballs Recipe
Scrumptious meatballs with fennel, mint, lemon, and garlic for a Greek aptitude.
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cucumber (finely chopped)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and mix with hands. Add any extra almond flour if needed to make thick enough to form into meat balls.
Form into 1 inch meatballs and place on an oiled baking sheet or in a large baking dish.
Bake in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.
While baking, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce or use an immersion blender to make it smooth.
Serve meatballs with the yogurt sauce.
Serve on toothpicks as an appetizer or on a salad with tomato, cucumber, feta, and tzatziki sauce as a dressing.
Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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