Greek Meatballs

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
35 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
20 meatballs
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup grated onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup day old bread, small diced and soaked in milk
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 12 lemon wedges, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish
Directions

In a medium skillet, sweat onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until translucent, about 2 minutes. Let cool and set aside.

Wring the excess milk out of the soaked bread cubes.

Place all ingredients, except flour and garnishes, in a large mixing bowl and combine by hand until fully incorporated. Form into little meatballs (about 1-ounce each).

In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Dredge, or roll the meatballs in flour, and fry in the skillet until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on paper towels to drain the excess fat.

Place on platter and garnish with lemon wedges and torn mint leaves.


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    Absolutely delicious, easy to make, great for freezing. Next time I'm planning to put them on subs with tzatziki sauce- awesome right?
    Have made this recipe many times. I usually use the supermarket "meatloaf mix" of veal, pork, and beef. I've also baked them in muffin tins in the oven and they've worked just as well. Fantastic flavor and relatively easy. I've even made them with ground turkey that otherwise would have spent an eternity in the freezer in search of a use. From an inveterate meat eater: you could never tell it wasn't red meat. One caveat- when it says "place all ingredients, except flour and garnishes...", do not put that cup of olive oil in the bowl. That is for frying ONLY. Learn from my fail.
    Very quick and easy. My family loved it.
    First off, if you think this recipe takes too long, then you've never made fresh meatballs. I liked them a lot, and my boyfriend, who doesn't usually like Greek liked them. I made them with lemon potatoes and Greek style green beans. And of course anything Greek goes great with pita bread and homemade tzatziki.
    it took to long
     
    Easy to fix, tasty. Even my non-Greek-food-loving wife liked 'em.
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