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When my husband and I first started dating (after walking across the country together… really), we had the chance to travel around Europe a little. While we were there, we tried as many new cuisines as we could. One of the best meals we had was at a delicious Greek restaurant in downtown Brussels. I’ve never been able to find Greek food that good since then, so I’ve been experimenting with recipes. These Greek meatballs are a result of those experiments.
Keftedes with Tzatziki (Greek Meatballs With Cucumber Sauce)
If you’re ever at a Greek restaurant or festival and see keftedes and tzatziki on the menu it’s talking about meatballs with a cucumber yogurt sauce. The meatballs have a subtle, herby flavor from fennel and mint and a little brightness from lemon.
The tzatziki is just plain delicious on everything. I made it for the first time to go with the meatballs, but it also makes an awesome veggie dip and salad dressing. I like to make it in a little food processor or with an immersion blender to make everything really smooth, but you can also just chop the garlic and cucumber finely and whisk everything together.
This meal is delicious any time of year, but we especially love it during the summer when cucumber, fennel, and mint are fresh and available at the farmers’ markets.
Make It Ahead!
The tzatziki can be used immediately after making it, but the flavors really become more pronounced if you refrigerate it for an hour or so before serving. Making ahead is always handy!
While you’re at it, the meatballs can be rolled into balls and refrigerated until cooking time too. I just put them on a baking sheet and put the whole sheet in the fridge. Sometimes I make a double batch and freeze some for another meal.
Usually, I serve the meatballs alongside Greek salad or tossed on a romaine salad with tomatoes and cucumber. And if I’m headed to a potluck, these Greek meatballs make an awesome appetizer. I stick them on skewers with grape tomatoes, chunks of cucumber, and cubes of feta.
If you’d like a bigger version, I also have a Greek meatloaf recipe with similar flavors. Maybe next time we have a Greek night I’ll try these baklava-inspired shortbread cookies for dessert.
Greek Meatballs Recipe
Delicious meatballs with fennel, mint, lemon, and garlic for a Greek flair.
IngredientsMeatballs:1 lb ground turkey1 large onion (grated)¼ cup almond flour1 TBSP fennel greens (finely chopped)1 TBSP fennel bulb (finely chopped)2 eggs1 TBSP lemon juice1 tsp lemon zest¼ tsp fresh mint (finely diced)1 clove garlic (minced)1 tsp garlic powder1 tsp salt (to taste)½ tsp pepperTzatziki Sauce:1 cup greek yogurt1 clove garlic (minced)1 pinch salt1 tsp lemon juice1 cucumber (finely chopped)
InstructionsPreheat oven to 350°F.In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and mix with hands. Add any extra almond flour if needed to make thick enough to form into meat balls.Form into 1 inch meatballs and place on an oiled baking sheet or in a large baking dish.Bake in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.While baking, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce or use an immersion blender to make it smooth.Serve meatballs with the yogurt sauce.Enjoy!
NotesServe on toothpicks as an appetizer or on a salad with tomato, cucumber, feta, and tzatziki sauce as a dressing.
NutritionServing: 4meatballs | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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