Archive for June 13th, 2010

Greek-style Meatballs (keftedakia)

Update June 13th 2010: Original recipe blog post posted on Mar 28, 2007. My mom has informed me of the traditional method, so I’ve updated this blog post.

We are going to a BBQ party tonight and so that’s my contribution. They are an exceptionally good idea for buffet parties (guests can get some from a serving platter using toothpicks). My mother always makes some when we celebrate name days or birthdays.

Ingredients (for 2)
* 1/4 cup of bread crumbs or the white part of old white bread. For a Paleo version use almond flour.
* 250 gr ground beef
* 1 small onion
* 2 tbspoons fresh spearmint (important ingredient)
* 1 egg
* fresh (preferably Italian flatleaf) parsley
* 2 garlic cloves
* salt & pepper
* oregano
* olive oil
* canola or vegetable oil

1. Finely chop the parsley, spearmint, onion and garlic in very small pieces.
2. In a big bowl place the ground beef, the chopped ingredients above, salt, pepper, oregano, the egg, and 1 tbspoon olive oil. Then, add the bread crumbs on the mix. If you don’t have bread crumbs, you can use the white part of old bread after having wet it with some water.
3. Using your fists work the mix until it becomes one, and add bread crumbs as needed until the mix is not too loose or stiff, for 1-2 minutes (just like you would if you were making bread by hand). Using some clean wrap to protect it, put the mix to the refrigerator for an hour or so.
4. Later, move the mix on one of the sides of the bowl. Take small amounts of the mix and then using the palms of your hands, shape small balls. Place them on the other side of the bowl. Be patient, it can take a while.
5. In a large frying pan heat up some olive & canola oil. Meatballs need quite a bit of oil to get cooked through, so add up to half an inch of oil in the pan. When the oil is hot, place your meatballs in the pan, then reduce to medium fire, and cook them for about 8-10 minutes until brown. You will need to turn the meatballs 2-3 times during their cooking time, so they cook from all sides.
6. Remove the meatballs from heat (make sure you don’t take too much oil with it as you removing them from the pan). Serve hot with french fries. Alternatively, you can heat some pasta sauce in another pan and then put the meatballs in the sauce and cook together for 1-2 minutes. This variation can be served with either fries or pasta. Enjoy!


Note: For a more Italian taste, you can also try to add some basil in the mix.