appetizers and snacks,  beef,  main course

Keftedes – Greek meatballs recipe

Keftedes recipe, Greek meatballs recipe, Greek patties

Incredibly juicy and tender, flavorful and absolutely delicious, these Greek meatballs (Keftedes) are a hit!
Keftedes are a Greek appetizer made from ground beef (or a mixture of beef and pork), flavored with parsley, mint and oregano. Mint is what makes these meatballs so special. They have a subtle mint flavor which goes perfectly with the other ingredients.
We love meatballs and I’ve tested many meatballs recipes. I can tell you for sure that Keftedes are the best!
Traditionally, Keftedes are served as an appetizer with Tzatziki sauce and pita bread. You can also serve Keftedes as a main course with your favorite garnish or salad. We love meatballs with mashed potatoes!
We also like Swedish meatballs (Kotbullar) in creamy mustard sauce and chicken and zucchini meatballs and Bifteki. Bifteki are Greek patties stuffed with feta cheese.

Ingredients for Keftedes – Greek meatballs:

– 500 gr ground beef
– 200 gr ground pork
– 3-4 garlic cloves
– 1 onion
– 1 egg
– 60 gr breadcrumbs
– 1 bunch of fresh parsley
– 7 mint leaves
– 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
– salt and pepper to taste
– flour for dredging
– vegetable oil for frying

How to make Keftedes – Greek meatballs

Place the meat into a bowl. Add the egg, the breadcrumbs, finely grated and drained onion, crushed garlic and finely chopped herbs (parsley and mint). Season with salt, pepper and dried oregano and mix well with your hand. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour. This will allow flavors to combine.
Remove the meat mixture from the fridge.
With slightly wet hands, shape the meatballs. Roll the meatballs in flour, coating them evenly.
Pour enough vegetable oil into a frying pan so that the meatballs can “swim”. Place the frying pan over medium heat.
Place Keftedes into hot oil and fry them on all the sides until brown.

Remove Keftedes from oil and place them onto paper towels.
Serve these juicy and delicious Keftedes as an appetizer or as a main course.

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