Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce is the ideal spring supper --- the herbed meatballs are satisfying but light in texture, and the pale yellow sauce is tangy, silky, and utterly luxurious without any cream or butter whatsoever. Cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes until the lemon sauce thickens. These are family favorites here, so I’m super pumped to get your report on them Courtney — take it form us, the leftovers are even better, because there’s no work involved . Home » Dinner Recipes » Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce. Hi, Mikayla! And check your spam folder in case you cannot find our email! I could only find the meats in 1 lb packages so I doubled the recipe. So flavorful and exactly what I was craving. Once meat is cooked, remove meatballs and set aside. ★☆ Wonderful, Mel! Have you tried freezing the raw meatballs? Welcome to my table. Could you substitute cornstarch? Grilled, kabob-style. 4 Bake until meatballs are no longer pink in the middle, about 15 minutes. And Greeks really have a way with lemon, don’t they? I excited that this was approved by ‘experts’! I love Greek food though so this looks right up my street :’). Take 1½ cups of hot broth and slowly You made them look cheerful and inviting; exactly what they are suppose to be. Gold Medal!! Slowly whisk in the lemon juice. Hi Deborah, it does thicken the sauce but it is part of the flavor profile of this recipe. These were delicious and tasted just like my grandmother used to make. If you by any chance get a few curdled eggs bits in your sauce, don’t panic,  just strain it. Add the egg-lemon sauce to the pot with the meatballs (pic.17). Much of the world highlights its flavor in sweets, but they do a wonderful job of exploring its savory side. Serve the meatballs in shallow bowls on top of the sauce. It is very simple to make.”  ~Amy. I was born and raised in the cosmopolitan Mediterranean city of Port Said, Egypt, a "boat ride" away from places like Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel. Cook 2 minutes to begin thawing and browning. I combined ground turkey and lamb and the fresh mint from my garden was heavenly...I served with a Greek salad and bulgher with mint and peas . This looks like such a keeper recipe Sue, I love all the herbs and that beautiful sauce! I’m glad this recipe muscled its way in! Turn heat to medium and add the meatballs to cook (do this in batches if you need to.) Cook, stirring frequently, until exteriors of meatballs begin to brown and herbs begin to smell fragrant. How well do they keep in the freezer? (sauce will be thin). The only thing I changed was that I used chicken broth to boil the meatballs. Learn how your comment data is processed. This is not a new dish for me, although you're recipe is one I will be keeping. But How long do you think this dish will hold warmed…like in a crock pot? So glad these worked out well for you. Goes very well with a nice white rice. Mar 28, 2016 - Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce is the ideal spring supper --- the meatballs are tender and light, and the tangy lemon sauce is utterly luxurious. I still made the lemony sauce and it was a hit as well! Super legit tasting. I loved putting the meatballs on your Greek Lemon Rice and the lemony sauce atop all of it. Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce are perfect for dinner or an appetizer! Return skillet to stove-top over medium heat. Don't let the water boil furiously. (And I have the leftovers for a great salad today.) I’ve served it as a starter at a formal dinner at home; also as an appetizer with just one ball swimming in the sauce, and of course as the main meal of the day as comfort food…”  I agree. Alexandra was born in Athens, and now lives outside the city of Veria, in northern Greece. Followed this recipe but replaced the meat with ground turkey and OMG, my family gobbled it up. Stir in the chooped eggs, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside. To the mixing bowl add the ground beef and lamb (or pork), 1 egg, fresh mint, spices, salt and pepper, and 1 tbsp lemon zest. The only thing I changed was that I used chicken broth to boil the meatballs. This was great! Your email address will not be published. Alice, I can't wait to hear what you think once you try them! I think it works much better than the classic breadcrumbs we tend to use. Or pan-fried in extra virgin olive oil--then finished in a lemony sauce--as in today’s Greek meatballs. . Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until browned. I'm Suzy. Need suggestions if you don’t eat pork & need suggestions if you don’t eat beef at all but do eat poultry. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the pan and place it in the oven. This recipe isn’t formulated for a crock pot, I’m so sorry Anna, I think it would not work out too well. Hmmm, I think chicken or turkey would work well here…I might suggest using the ground dark meat. The mixture gets a huge amount of flavor from the herbs, especially the fresh mint, and so even before you dip these in the sauce, they’re fabulous. As for this one, I think something green, like a salad. Bring the water to a boil, then set the meatballs in the water, one by one. Just made the meatballs last night and they are delicious...the only thing I changed was less coriander as I was a bit nervous about the quantity! She just lost her mother and I wanted to make something tasty but easy for her to get ready. Dimitri, I so appreciate your kind comment! Roll meatballs into the flour to lightly coat and place them on a large tray for now. Some versions of Greek keftedes call for red sauce, but I prefer this version with a lemony broth that's been thickened with egg yolk. I loved this dish so much I made it two weeks in a row! Yes, the milk-soaked bread is key! Formed into patties then baked as in this Turkish version. 3 tsp. Then So glad to know this recipe is a keeper for you! I also baked them in the oven (18 min @350 degrees) instead of frying them. Sounds like a great meal, Tami! It’s a gem that I never would have found if Alexandra, hadn’t sent it along, thanks a million Alexandra! Set on a platter. I also tweaked the sauce – this reminded me of Greek avgolemono soup, so I used chicken stock and a ton of good sea salt and pepper and served with rice. Love all the herbs and your lemon sauce… my Greek neighbors would approve :). Pour the sauce into a clean saucepan and gently cook for a few more minutes, but don't let the sauce come to a boil, or even a simmer. Let simmer for 25-30 minutes, flipping the meatballs halfway through and spooning with more sauce. Once the meatballs are cooked through, about 20-25 minutes, you add the eggs and lemon juice mixture to the broth and voila — a deliciously creamy, frothy transformation occurs! Is it just a thickener? I didn’t intend to post this dish today, it jumped the queue and muscled in front of several other very nice recipes, but some of the best have a tendency to do that. Or do,you,think I could make the meatballs a day ahead and then reheat slowly in the sauce? So lovely and the flavours sound just perfect. Whisk the 1 egg yolk with the chicken broth and lemon juice. This prevents bits of meat from binding to each other, keeping the patties tender. The kitchen is my happy place where I play with fabulous ingredients that nourish the body and soul. Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce is the ideal spring supper --- the meatballs are tender and light, and the tangy lemon sauce is utterly luxurious. Garnish with fresh parsley. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a cooling rack over 2 baking sheets for roasting the meatballs and toasting the pita. This recipe is a very lose interpretation of Yiayia Helen’s Greek meatballs. Anyway, these meatballs look awesome Definitely need to jump the queue with this recipe! To get you fired up about good food! Cook meatballs for 10 minutes or so, turning occasionally, until fully cooked and well-crusted on all sides. It was just excellent. I'm looking to make these ahead of time and cook them throughout the week for my husband and me. So glad you enjoyed them, Barbara! I am not sure it makes such a huge difference . You can change the flour to what you have or what you prefer to use. Looks great! How to Make Greek Creamy Lemon Meatballs (aka avgolemono) Step-by-Step a small bowl, add your meatball ingredients. Yiayia Helen insisted on using Greek oregano, of course. Keftedes, Kofte, or Kofta. Good. I’ve always had a tomato based sauce before. Place a rack on a large baking sheet. Great tip on mixing with the paddle attachment! Also be sure to check your spam/promotions folder if you don't immediately see the email. Turn the heat down and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes. I served this with some cauliflower that I steamed, then sautéed with garlic, olive oil, a little butter and a shake of red pepper flakes. I think it would be better to make the meatballs ahead, Renee, because the sauce is somewhat delicate. I meant to link to my avgolemono soup! It looks really great, I am keeping this in mind, it is the kind of food we looooove! Keep up the wonderful work Sue, and thanks again from sunny Australia…. I am totally going to make these! Finely chop 2 tablespoons fresh dill and add to the bowl. You can just reduce the amount next time to suit your taste. What is the Mediterranean Diet and How to Follow It, Mediterranean Diet Food List: 5 Foods You Need, Favorite Mediterranean Diet Cookbooks (part 1), Keftedes: Greek Meatballs Recipe with a Lemony Sauce, « Stuffed Eggplant Recipe with Spiced Ground Beef, Bulgur and Pine Nuts. Every cook seems to have their own technique for creating the juiciest meatballs. Made these tonight while watching the Olympics and they are divine! I’ll be braver when I make them again.. Also looking forward to having them with the sauce another time...so bored of tomato sauces! Looking forward to leftovers! Prepare Avgo/ Egg-Lemon Sauce: Crack eggs into a bowl and beat until frothy (a few minutes). What are your tips for making this ahead of time so I’m not cooking while company is there. Cheers How sweet of your follower to send you this recipe! Make sure your onions and herbs are nice and finely chopped, I used a processor. Thanks. Will be trying it for sure. Add the bread to the mixing bowl. ★☆. I was worried that there were too many herbs in it and that the mint would be too bitter but it was PERFECT. I doubt you did anything wrong. The flavors sound mouthwatering, Sue. ★☆ Add the cucumber mixture to the Greek yogurt and still until well combined. Finely grate the zest of 1 medium lemon into a large bowl and set aside. Heat over very low heat until sauce thickens and is heated through. It came out SO good. One frothy, stop and add in lemon juice. That’s a new one for me. Required fields are marked *, Rate this recipe When you join our e-mail list, you will get for FREE: Now go check your email to confirm your subscription and to download your. Mix well till rice is incorporated thoroughly with the meat mixture and spices. The meatball and lemon sauce combo looks spectacular!!! Pinned . Grab the pot from its handles and swirl lightly for a few seconds (pic.18). Of course, you can simply make pita pocket sandwiches too. Made these last week, wow so yummie tasty! Your email address will not be published. This sounds wonderful! Be sure to check your email and confirm your subscription. Heat over medium-high. Scoop the meat mixture out into 1 1/2 inch sized balls, and roll smooth with your hands. I have successfully made meatballs that are kinda Greek, just by virtue of seasoning and the lemon. Mix everything thoroughly, but gently. The cream sauce looks delicious. Helen and I met at a local Greek festival last year. Helen’s trick? It is very simple to make. Ladle one cup of the pot liquid little by little into egg-lemon mixture to temper the eggs. For one thing, they’re made with a mix of ground pork and lamb, and ground pork cooks up especially tender, so any time you add it to beef or lamb you will get a lighter texture. Turn the heat down and gently add the meatballs (youvarlakia) in the water, put the lid back on and cook for 20-25 minutes. Please check your email to confirm your subscription! How would it be to have it all made and kept warm in a crockpot? Add meatballs; cook until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. These juicy Greek Meatballs have a delicious feta sauce that will leave you wanting more! I love lemon especially in the Spring and Summer and nothing beats meatballs! If you love to eat, you’ve come to the right place because I dish it up fast and fresh here at TVFGI. You should end up with meatballs surrounded by sauce but it shouldn’t be ‘soupy’. Thank you! I used very lean ground turkey and I think the milk-soaked bread was the key to keeping them super moist. Keep up the good work, and thank you for sharing! Get Greek Meatballs with Lemon and Arugula Recipe from Food Network Deselect All 1/3 cup converted rice 3 large eggs 1/2 pound lean ground lamb 1/2 pound lean ground beef … Pages worn out and stained with olive oil. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. finely grated lemon zest 2 tsp. But, I have to say it is a LOT OF WORK. I love the taste, but the next time, I make them I will leave the sauce out and I will cook them in the oven. A rich lemon sauce accents these boiled meatballs, which are scented with a classic Greek combination of onion and mint. “I make for a minimum of 50 people at a time,” she announced as she pointed to the recipe. Remove 2 cups of the meatball cooking liquid and strain. This post may include affiliate links. The meatballs emit a flavor while they cook, which converts the water in the pan into a wonderful broth. Just made these for a brunch yesterday! Stir in the lemon juice and salt and store in the fridge until ready to serve. This sounds fantastic and the meatballs look so tender, I just need a spoon! ★☆ I can see why this jumped the queue. Then gradually add this mixture back to pan with the remaining sauce. Spoon some sauce over the tops of the meatballs and reduce the heat slightly to bring to a stead simmer. This recipe is going to be so popular! You wring out the excess milk, then add the resulting piece of mushy bread into the keftedes mixture. Remove meatballs to a heated dish and skim any fat from broth. I also made the artichoke egg dish! Meatballs are a favorite in my house, this looks like a delightfully unique way to do them! Copyright © 2021 The Mediterranean Dish. Then slowly add the rest of the liquid, stirring as you add. … Pour the chicken broth and rice into the pan, along with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Juice the lemon and add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the juice to a small bowl. They are delicious as an appetizer or over pasta. Delicious meatballs although the lemony sauce didn’t thicken at all for me. Step 2 Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. I will do it again, but ease off the lemon, too tart for me. Using a whisk, beat the eggs in a medium bowl until frothy. by melting the butter in a small saucepan. Oil and lemon sauce, called ladolemono or λαδολέμονο in Greece and pronounced lah-tho-LEH-mo-no, is a classic topping for grilled fish.The sauce can be used in many ways to enhance the flavors of all kinds of seafood, but you'll They were so yummy! 2 Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. Thanks Kristen, I had forgotten how much I love Greek food, what a wonderful light touch they have with everything. Easy Greek meatballs recipe, also known as Keftedes! Thanks Liz — i actually made a double recipe, and the machine did a great job. I’d say any type of rice or couscous, and a green veggie like asparagus or broccoli. Add the milk and cook, stirring, until thick and bubbly. Cheers! I was worried that there were too many herbs in it and that the mint would be too bitter but it was PERFECT. And I don’t often find ground lamb in my local markets. I made this for my family and we loved the texture but the lemon sauce was overpowering! ★☆ Put all the meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Greek Meatballs and Tzatziki Sauce made with Greek yogurt are packed with flavor and protein, a perfect choice for holiday parties. All Rights Reserved. What would you recommend as a side to go with this? Do this carefully, they can be fragile. Taste for seasoning and add a squeeze of lemon if you need to. Read More about Suzy. I really want to serve this at a gathering away from home at a place without kitchen facilities. Form the meat mixture into balls (each the size of a heaping tablespoon.) Butter: Butter plays a two-part role in the sauce. Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce is the ideal spring supper --- the herbed meatballs are satisfying but light in texture, and the pale yellow sauce is tangy, silky, and utterly luxurious without any cream or butter whatsoever. Place the pot back to a medium-high heat and bring to a boil. You might make them in a kitchen and then transfer to a crock pot to bring along? Et took me about three hours from set up to finish. Prep Time 1 … I thought of you today while reading Southern Living Magazine, they had a Zesty Lemon Glazed Chicken recipe that sounded right in your wheelhouse! You can omit and use a tiny bit of cornstarch. This is definitely going to be a staple in my home! I would like to make this as an entree for Dinner Club. rice, and egg lemon sauce make the difference The following dish is a classic all over Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. It’s always good to taste and adjust for your particular needs, I love lemon so I might go overboard , Made a double batch of these and they were a huge hit with my Greek husband and 6 year old son. My mission? Stir in parsley, oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, and garlic powder. Stir to coat meatballs in butter. This recipe is slightly adapted from HERBS IN COOKING, by Maria and Nikos Psilakis. Don't over mix or compact the meat. Minced meat. Meatballs in lemon sauce?! Add the cucumber, garlic, and dill to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Thanks Mica — the sauce is awesome, I love the translucent yellow color, too. I don’t think I have tried meatballs in lemon sauce! I want to make these for a friend to take them over to her family for their dinner along with a salad. Add a bread-based paste (or mush) made by soaking day-old bread or pita into milk. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! A mixture of ground meat infused with spices and flavors of whatever region they come from. Love the rice in the mixture and would love to try these myself. Hi! Subscribe for FREE and we'll email you a weekly meal plan, new recipes, plus a FREE copy of my e-Cookbook! Stir well until the sauce starts to … The sauce should not come to a boil. She says “It’s so-very-Greek and so-very-traditional! We love all things Greek in our house. Meatballs in lemon-egg sauce (One World Kitchen) Source: One World Kitchen Previous Next Show Grid Previous Next Hide Grid Image 1 / Video Audio A classic Greek dish, the eggs and lemon … Course dinner. The lemon sauce would be great over other meats as well. Just made this one tonight and it was delicious. These Greek meatballs are so tender they fall apart at the first bite. Remove the cooked meatballs to a fresh platter and keep warm. We love meatballs in our home so this is the perfect recipe. Thanks for subscribing! Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes Yield: 4 servings 1 small onion, minced Fresh […] Do this is stages if you pot is not large enough. What does the egg yolk do in the sauce? Put about 4 1/2 cups of water in a stock pot with a wide bottom. While whisking the egg and lemon mixture, ladle about 1/2 cup of the hot liquid into the eggs to temper them. I will work on something more like a yogurt sauce. In the large skillet you used earlier, add ¼ cup Private Reserve olive oil. They were a great addition to a Mediterranean spread! Add 3 tablespoons of the reduced sauce to the yolk and lemon juice. Amazingggg. Or would the MB end up too lemony? Whatever the name, they all represent exquisite Eastern Mediterranean variations on meatballs. Although I love lamb, Sue, it’s just not real popular with a lot of mine — except my one sister who made a gorgeous mustard and parmesan crusted leg of lamb for Easter. Are you ready to follow the World's #1 Diet? I’m allergic to eggs and I know how to make the meatballs without them but I’m not sure what to substitute for the sauce. As I didn´t fry the onions and garlic on beforehand, just mixed them in raw, it kept the Keftedes moist enough, even using normal dry bread crumb, as I do in Polpette and Japanese meatballs, too. We’ll use a little bit to sauté the garlic and flour in and the last … Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce Lemony Garlic Chicken and Orzo Soup Lastly, if you make this one skillet Greek meatballs and lemon butter orzo, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating My question is do you leave the meatballs in the broth, or keep them separate until they heat them up that evening. Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce: These light and tender lemony meatballs make the perfect spring and summer meal. E-cookbook of 20 Mediterranean diet recipes. Leftovers can be reheated gently. Add 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to the bowl and whisk to combine. Flavor-packed with fresh mint, spices and a lemony Greek sauce! I adore avgolemono soup, so these meatballs sound absolutely delicious, and easy enough for a weeknight, too! Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce is the ideal spring supper — the herbed meatballs are satisfying but light in texture, and the pale yellow sauce is tangy, silky, and utterly luxurious without any cream or butter whatsoever. I just made these today for a Greek party. I loved the texture and the spice profile was delicious. My store was inexplicably out of fresh dill so I used (gasp) dried, and it was fine. Packed with fresh spinach and feta cheese, and served with a delicious garlicky yogurt sauce, spiked with lemon … A salad would also work for a bit of green. But for dinner, I like to serve a few Greek meatballs in a bowl with pita bread, Greek salad, and Tzatziki sauce for dipping. Greek meatballs in lemon sauce has been on my list of things to make for a while, and when a reader, Alexandra, emailed me her favorite recipe yesterday I leapt into action. Will make for company sometime soon. This looks amazing!! © 2020 The View From Great Island. I´ll try this in my Keftedes next time, see how it results. I will be making this again! 1 garlic clove, crushed 3 free range eggs 1/2 cup lemon juice; plus 1 lemon, zested Greek salad and sourdough bread, toasted, to serve She follows TVFGI and thought I would like these…she was right! Did I do something wrong or should I reduce the amount of lemon juice next time? I so love having you here! Add lemon juice to sauce and return meatballs to the sauce. My mouth is watering (and it’s not yet 10 AM!). Flavor-packed tender meatballs with a crispy crust and a lemony sauce. An Elite CafeMedia Food Publisher.Privacy policy. Hi, Erik! With a slotted spoon, remove meatballs from skillet onto paper towels to drain any excess fat. Thanks for sharing. This recipe can serve a crowd as an appetizer, but see our serving suggestions for a Greek-style dinner bowl! Might work with Feta, too. While the meatballs are cooking, make the tzatziki sauce. There were a bunch of Greeks there and they loved it. I made a few changes: I used a pork/veal mince blend, subbed dried mint for fresh and pan fried the meatballs. Cook 1-2 minutes longer. Love it! Lovely brunch meal! If serving in bowls as suggested in this post, first prepare the Greek salad according to this … Don’t stir the meatballs. My recipes are never fussy and always exciting ~ there are 1600 and counting on the blog. Sounds interesting! Greek-Style Baked Cod Recipe with Lemon and Garlic, Easy Authentic Falafel Recipe: Step-by-Step, Simple Baked Cilantro Lime Chicken with a Mediterranean Twist, Avgolemono Soup Recipe (Greek Lemon Chicken Soup), Easy Hummus Recipe (Authentic and Homemade), If serving in bowls as suggested in this post, first prepare the Greek salad according to, In a large skillet like this one, heat 2 tbsp. BB. Hey Suzy! Blend in the flour , salt, and pepper. Keywords: Koftedes recipe, Greek meatballs recipe, Tag @themediterraneandish on Instagram and hashtag it #themediterraneandish, Stuffed Eggplant with Ground Beef and Bulgur, Filed Under: Appetizer and Mezze, Entree, Greek Recipes, Meat and Poultry Tagged With: beef, cumin, extra virgin olive oil, greek, lamb. Thank you for sharing! Add to cooking skillet with the remaining lemon zest, then add the meatballs back in. Add the shaved onions, panko breadcrumbs, 2 eggs, chopped mint, chopped dill, Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, zest of 3 lemons, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon … “I just made these today for a Greek party. I used a heaping tablespoon, maybe a little more. I have not tried freezing these meatballs, but I think it would work just fine! Amazon Associates is designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Meanwhile, carefully discard most of the cooking fat from skillet (best to dump into a tin can until cooled). In my Polpette recipe, I add crumbled Ricotta cheese, which also helps to keep them soft and tender. Welcome to The Mediterranean Dish, your #1 resource for Mediterranean recipes & lifestyle. We had just finished our dinner when I read your menu post and those meatballs made me salivate ; ) can hardly wait to enjoy your recipe , thank you for sharing. It can only make you fell better…, Thanks Alexandra — I’m glad I did you proud! I will be adding this into my regular meal plan repertoir. I love trying out new ingredients and techniques, reinventing the classics, and hunting down the next great flavor. These meatballs have so much flavor, and a divine tender bite, they almost melt in your mouth. I can see how you’d want to make these right away! My OH is addicted to meatballs. Please review Nutrition Disclosure. Thank you to you and your reader, Alexandra for a fabulous dish. With greek salad and Tzatziki. i think this can be made as a soup, too. I just couldn’t hold it back, even for a few days. Remove pot from heat and add egg-lemon mixture stirring gently. Today, influenced by my mother's tasty kitchen, and my extensive travels, I share easy wholesome recipes with big Mediterranean flavors. A feisty grandma with a binder full of Greek recipes. While the meatballs are cooking whisk the eggs well in a medium sized bowl, whisk in the lemon juice and salt. Any suggestions? Also, the minced pork helped keeping them soft, containing a little more fat than the beef. I love everything Greek. It came out SO good. While the meatballs are cooking, you prepare a simple avgolemono sauce, which is made by separating eggs, and whipping egg whites and lemon juice together to create a frothy mixture. What would be suitable side dishes? I’ve bookmarked your swedish meatball recipe to double batch for dinner this Saturday – we all can’t wait, plus many others that I’m going to work my way through. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Cuisine Greek. There were a bunch of Greeks there and they loved it. This recipe also calls for cooked rice, and it does a wonderful job of lightening the meat mixture. Can’t wait to try! All-star keftedes Greek meatballs recipe. Slowly stir flour mixture in to simmering broth and stir with a whisk until sauce thickens. Thanks for sharing your suggestions! Love this variation. Greek-ish Turkey, Feta and Spinach Meatballs with Garlickly Yogurt Sauce Baked, not fried means they are big-batch and meal-prep friendly – healthier too! Wring the excess milk out of the soaked bread. Ghyl. … And to achieve a crispy crust, it’s best to pan-fry the Greek meatballs in olive oil before adding the sauce. This sounds delightful! Loaded with spices, lemon zest and even feta cheese, they are sure to please anyone who loves Greek … Please join me and our growing community! The amazing texture of these meatballs is due to several factors. Send that recipe along, Sue — it does sound good! 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