Indulge in the taste of Greece with our traditional Greek Keftedes, exquisite meatballs that encapsulate the essence of Mediterranean cuisine. Crafted with premium ground meat, aromatic herbs, and a blend of authentic spices, each bite offers a symphony of flavors that will transport you to the sun-drenched shores of Greece. Served hot and tender, these savory delights are perfect for any occasion, whether it's a family dinner or a festive gathering with friends. Pair them with creamy tzatziki sauce and a side of fresh Greek salad for a truly unforgettable culinary experience. Treat your taste buds to the rich heritage and irresistible taste of Greece with our mouthwatering Keftedes. Opa!

Here's a traditional recipe for Greek Keftedes:

Ingredients:

  • 500g ground beef or lamb (or a combination of both)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • All-purpose flour, for coating
  • Olive oil, for frying

Instructions:

1- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, chopped onion, minced garlic, parsley, mint, breadcrumbs, egg, dried oregano, dried thyme, ground cumin, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix the ingredients thoroughly until well combined.

2- Once the mixture is evenly mixed, cover the bowl and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

3- After chilling, take the mixture out of the refrigerator. Wet your hands slightly with water to prevent sticking, then shape the meat mixture into small, round meatballs, about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. Roll each meatball between your palms to smooth them out.

4- Pour enough olive oil into a large frying pan to cover the bottom in a thin layer. Place the pan over medium heat and allow the oil to heat up.

5- Meanwhile, prepare a plate lined with paper towels to drain the cooked meatballs.

6- Once the oil is hot, lightly coat each meatball in flour, shaking off any excess, and carefully place them in the hot oil, ensuring they don't overcrowd the pan. Fry the meatballs in batches if necessary.

7- Cook the meatballs for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked meatballs to the prepared plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

8- Serve the Greek Keftedes hot, garnished with additional fresh herbs if desired. They can be enjoyed on their own, with tzatziki sauce, or as part of a meze platter. Enjoy your delicious homemade Greek Keftedes!

Nutritional Values:

Here's an approximate nutritional breakdown for the main ingredients used in the Greek Keftedes recipe:

Ground Beef (500g):

  • Calories: 1225 kcal
  • Protein: 100g
  • Fat: 90g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits:Excellent source of protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins, which are essential for muscle growth, energy production, and overall health.

Onion (1 medium):

  • Calories: 44 kcal
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g

benefits:Rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and B6, and dietary fiber, onions can help boost immunity, regulate blood sugar levels, and support digestive health.

Garlic (2 cloves):

  • Calories: 8 kcal
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits:Known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, garlic is also a good source of manganese, vitamin C, and antioxidants, which may help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, and promote heart health.

Parsley (1/3 cup, chopped):

  • Calories: 5 kcal
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits:Packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate and iron, parsley is beneficial for bone health, immune function, and detoxification. It also acts as a natural breath freshener.

Mint (1/3 cup, chopped):

  • Calories: 3 kcal
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits:Contains menthol, a natural compound that may help soothe digestive issues such as indigestion and nausea. Mint also provides antioxidants and vitamins A and C, which support overall health and immunity.

Breadcrumbs (1/2 cup):

  • Calories: 110 kcal
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 1g

benefits:While primarily used as a binding agent in recipes like meatballs, breadcrumbs also offer a source of carbohydrates for energy and a crunchy texture to dishes when fried or baked.

Egg (1):

  • Calories: 72 kcal
  • Protein: 6g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits:High in protein and essential amino acids, eggs are important for muscle repair and growth. They also provide vitamins D, B12, and choline, which support brain health and metabolism.

Olive Oil (for frying):

  • Calories: Approximately 120 kcal per tablespoon
  • Fat: Approximately 14g per tablespoon

These values are approximate and can vary based on factors such as the specific type and brand of ingredients used. It's always a good idea to check the nutritional information on the packaging of your ingredients for the most accurate values.

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