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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 slightly. Whereas we have been there, we tried as many new cuisines as we may. Among the finest 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)
For those who’re ever at a Greek restaurant or competition 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 slightly brightness from lemon.
The tzatziki is simply plain scrumptious on all the things. I made it for the primary time to go together with the meatballs, but it surely additionally makes an superior veggie dip and salad dressing. I prefer to make it in slightly meals processor or with an immersion blender to make all the things actually easy, however you can too simply chop the garlic and cucumber finely and whisk all the things collectively.
This meal is scrumptious any time of 12 months, however we particularly find it irresistible through the summer season when cucumber, fennel, and mint are recent and obtainable on the farmers’ markets.
Make It Forward!
The tzatziki can be utilized instantly after making it, however the flavors actually turn into extra pronounced when you refrigerate it for an hour or so earlier than serving. Making forward is at all times useful!
When you’re at it, the meatballs might 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. Typically I make a double batch and freeze some for an additional 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.
For those who’d like an even bigger model, I even have a Greek meatloaf recipe with related flavors. Perhaps subsequent time we’ve got 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 big bowl, mix all of the elements for the meatballs and blend with arms. Add any additional almond flour if wanted to make thick sufficient to kind into meat balls.
Type into 1 inch meatballs and place on an oiled baking sheet or in a big baking dish.
Bake within the oven for roughly 30-40 minutes or till cooked by way of.
Whereas baking, whisk collectively the elements for the sauce or use an immersion blender to make it easy.
Serve meatballs with the yogurt sauce.
Get pleasure from!
Serve on toothpicks as an appetizer or on a salad with tomato, cucumber, feta, and tzatziki sauce as a dressing.
Serving: 4meatballs | Energy: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 19g | Fats: 4g | Saturated Fats: 1g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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