Recipe courtesy of Athena's Greek Cafe and Bakery

Keftedes (Meatballs)

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings
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Ingredients

2 1/2 pounds 80-percent ground beef

1 medium onion, grated or finely chopped 

2 slices bread, crusts removed, dipped in water and water squeezed out

2 slices bread, crusts removed, dipped in water and water squeezed out 

2 large eggs, beaten 

2 tablespoons dried mint

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

All-purpose flour, for dusting 

Swirl of Greek extra-virgin olive oil, for frying 

Directions

  1. Put the ground beef in a large bowl and add the grated onion and bread. Mix thoroughly, being careful not to overmix. Add the eggs, mint, oregano, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Be careful not to overmix.
  2. Refrigerate the meatball mixture for 30 minutes. Form into golf ball-size meatballs, flatten and coat both sides lightly with flour. In batches, fry the meatballs over medium to medium-high heat in a large pan with the oil until golden brown and cooked through, 2-5 minutes per side.

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