These meatballs can be found in cafes and restaurants throughout the Mediterranean, but their true homeland is Greece, or rather Cyprus. They are called keftedes and are made from minced meat with the addition of vegetables, fruits, cheese, crackers, etc. This recipe for cooking meatballs in Greek, using apple and mint, is, in my opinion, one of the best: the taste of keftedes is very delicate, and they themselves are juicy and aromatic.
There are also many ways to prepare keftedes - they are served simply fried in oil, stewed or baked with a sauce, mainly tomato. It turns out tasty in any case, so choose your option - more dietary or, on the contrary, high-calorie. Bon Appetit!
Purpose: For lunch / For dinner
Main Ingredient: Meat / Minced Meat
Dish: Hot dishes / Meatballs
- Minced pork and beef - 500 Grams
- Dried Wheat Bread - 3-4 Slices
- Apple - 1 Piece
- Egg - 1 Piece
- Milk - 0.5 cups
- Onion - 1 Piece
- Fresh herbs - To taste (parsley, basil, oregano)
- Fresh mint - To taste
- Vegetable oil - 0.5 cups
- Ground black pepper - To taste
- Salt - To taste
- Tomatoes - 1 Kilogram
- Tomato paste - 4-5 Tbsp. spoons
- Sugar - To taste
- Olives or olives - To taste (optional)
How to cook "Meatballs in Greek"
Cut off the crust from the bread (if it is too stale) and soak it in the milk.
Grate the apple.
Finely chop the onion.
Chop the garlic with a knife or pass through a press.
Wash greens (including mint), dry and chop finely.
Add mashed bread, apple, onion and garlic to the minced meat. salt. pepper, beat in an egg. Mix thoroughly.
Form the minced meat into small meatballs the size of a table tennis ball.
Set the meatball blanks aside. Scald the tomatoes with boiling water and peel them off.
Chop the pulp and put in a saucepan. Add tomato paste, a few tablespoons of oil and, if desired, olives, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
Fry meatballs in oil until golden brown, bake in the oven or put in sauce without preliminary preparation. Simmer over low heat, covered for 15 minutes. Serve with any side dish and vegetable salad.