Use the dip and meatballs when you have holiday parties as easy snacks or, combine with orzo to serve as a delicious dinner. The meatballs freeze well.
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray
Episode: Holiday Help
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Total:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Orzo with Feta and Walnuts:

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a cooling rack over 2 baking sheets for roasting the meatballs and toasting the pita.  

Soak the bread in the milk. Peel the cucumber and grate into a strainer. Salt it and let it drain for 20 minutes. 

Pour the EVOO into a bowl, then add the meat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Squeeze out the bread and crumble between your fingers as you add it to the meat. Add the mint, onions, oregano, cinnamon, 2 of the garlic cloves, egg and 1/2 of the lemon juice, and mix to combine. 

Using a small ice cream scoop, form the meat mixture into about 24 balls and place on the baking sheet. Roast to golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the oven and place the broiler on high. Char the pita under the broiler, 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. 

Press the cucumber in the strainer to get out the excess water and add to a food processor. Then add the yogurt, dill, remaining 1 clove garlic, zest and remaining juice of the lemon. Season the sauce with cumin and salt and process until smooth. 

Serve the meatballs with the sauce and pitas and alongside the Orzo with Feta and Walnuts.

Orzo with Feta and Walnuts:

Heat a medium pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and cook the orzo to al dente, 7 minutes. Toast the walnuts until fragrant in small pan over medium heat. Combine the orzo with the walnuts, parsley, feta and a drizzle of EVOO and season with pepper.

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