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Traditional Keftedes Recipe- A Greek Meatball Recipe

Meatballs are ground or minced meat rolled into a small ball, along with other ingredients, such as breadcrumbs, chopped onion, eggs, olive oil, garlic, and seasonings. In Greece, we call them keftedes. Unlike yuvarlakia which include a small quantity of rice, the basic ingredient of keftedes is usually a combination of ground beef and ground pork. You can cooked meatballs in countless ways. They are cooked by frying, baking, steaming, or even braising in sauce.  This keftedes I have made are fried. They are delicious as an appetizer, side dishes, or even as the main course. For this traditional keftedes recipe, I have used only ground beef. This is the way my mother usually makes them. Great to eat with potatoes (mashed, roasted or fried) and salad.

Traditional Keftedes Recipe – Ingredients

  • 1 kg of ground beef
  • 1 cup of onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup unseasoned dried breadcrumbs, crusts removed
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint
  • Greek olive oil

Traditional Keftedes Recipe – Instructions

  1. Take a large bowl.
  2. Mix ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and mint.
  3. Mix the ingredients well.
  4. Moisture breadcrumbs with milk.
  5. Add eggs and bread crumbs into meat mixture.
  6. Knead mixture in such a way that all ingredients are evenly combined.
  7. Cover the bowl. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  8. Form the meat mixture into smaller meatballs (walnut-sized balls).
  9. Take a pan. Add oil for frying. Bring oil to heat over high temperature.
  10. Place meatballs on pan. Broil until meatballs are cooked and browned on all sides
  11. Taste to see if additional salt in needed. Add to taste.
  12. Eat them hot or at room temperature.

I hope you like this traditional keftedes recipe. Stay tuned for more traditional Greek food recipes. Enjoy!

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