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Greek Meatballs (Keftedes) with Tzatziki Sauce

Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)
with Tazatziki Sauce (Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)

Makes about 50 meatballs

These Greek-style meatballs are tender, juicy, and full of fabulous flavors! Pair these meatballs with fresh, dilly Tzatziki sauce (recipe below). Serve the hot meatballs with a side dip of Tzatziki sauce and a side salad. Or, place a few meatballs in a pita pocket, add fresh greens, and generously drizzle with Tzatziki sauce. Alternatively, an orzo pilaf would also be a great complement to these meatballs with Tzatziki sauce.

1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 slices of dry, white bread, crusts removed,
   soaked in 1/2 cup milk, with excess milk squeezed out
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground lamb
2 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, zested, then juiced
1/2 cup flour
olive oil for pan frying

1. Using a knife or small food processor, prep the onion, garlic, parsley and mint, set aside. Zest and juice the lemon, set aside.

2. Dip 2 slices of dry, white bread into the milk. Wring out any extra milk. Crumble the soaked bread into a large bowl.

3. Add the ground beef, ground lamb, minced herbs, oregano, salt, pepper, egg, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix the meatball mixture together with clean hands until evenly combined.

4. Using a cookie scoop, or hands, roll 1-inch meatballs. Roll each meatball in a dusting of flour, then place on a parchment-lined baking pan. (Extra meatballs may be frozen at this stage, and cooked fresh later.)

5. In a large skillet, add a thin layer of olive oil and heat. Once hot, and working in batches, add a few meatballs to the pan. Roll the meatballs around until nicely browned on all sides. Place the cooked meatballs in a covered dish while cooking the remaining meatballs. Serve hot.



Mincing Onions

Mince Herbs and zest and juice lemon

Dipping Bread

Ready to mix

Mix meatball

form and dip in flour

fry meatballs

Tzatziki Sauce
Makes about 1.5 cups

1 English cucumber, coarsely grated
1 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
1 clove garlic, grated or crushed
1 lemon, juiced
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

1. Prepare the cucumber by peeling, removing the seeds, and grating with a coarse grater. Place the grated cucumber in cheese cloth, and squeeze out any extra water. Lightly salt the cucumber and let drain for at least 2 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Mince the dill, grate or crush the garlic, and juice the lemon.

3. Mix all the ingredients together. Salt and pepper, to taste.



Peel and deseed

Grate Cucumber

Salt and drain cucumber

Mix together all ingredients

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