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  • Keftedes: Greek Meatballs by Bean

    Bean
    Posted May 10, 2006 09:33 AM

    I was going through some of my recipes and thought I'd post this. DH LOVES this one!

    Keftedes: Greek Meatballs
    Recipe courtesy Cat Cora (Food TV)

    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Yield: 12 servings

    3 slices white bread with crust
    1 cup milk
    2 pounds ground beef
    1 yellow onion, minced
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/3 cup finely chopped oregano
    2 finely chopped tablespoons mint
    2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
    2 eggs beaten
    1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    1/2 cup olive oil
    Flour, for dusting
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Pita Bread
    Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, recipe follows

    Dunk bread quickly in milk and press the liquid out to dampen the bread.
    Combine the beef, bread, onion, garlic, oregano, mint, vinegar, eggs, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Take a large spoon of the mixture and roll into a ball until all the mixture has been rolled.
    In a saute pan, add the olive oil and bring it to 360-degrees F for frying. Dust the balls in flour and add to the oil. Brown on all sides, leaving room in the pan to roll them around. Pull from the pan and drain on paper towels.
    Serve with pita and cucumber yogurt sauce.

    Cucumber Sauce:
    2 cups plain yogurt
    1 cup seeded and small-diced cucumber
    3 cloves minced garlic
    Salt

    Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
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