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Maria's Traditional Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

Keftedes, a classic Greek dish, are a type of meatball recipe made using herbs familiar to Mediterraneans. Greek meatballs require clove, mint, and parsley, and are a bit smaller than their Italian cousins.

INGREDIENTS 2 medium sized Spanish onions, peeled and roughly chopped

5 garlic cloves, peeled

1 medium tomato, roughly chopped

2 pounds ground veal (substitute chicken or pork if desired)

2 eggs

1/2 tablespoon kosher sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black eppper

3/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

3 cups cubed bread, soaked in water, squeezed and drained

3 tablespoons EVOO

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


1) Blend the onion, garlic, and tomato in a food processor.

2) Place the onion mixture in a large bowl and combine it with all of the other ingredients by hand.

3) Cover the mixture tightly, and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight.

4) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

5) From the meat mixture, form 2" balls and place on a parchment lined baking tray

6) Bake meatballs to reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit, about 35 minutes.

7) Remove and allow to rest.


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