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Keftedes Recipe

Updated: Jul 4

  • Keftedes are meatballs originally from Greece. It is their traditional food that is often consumed in Greece, it goes fantastically with baked potatoes and with salads, especially Tzatziki salad. You can fry in oil or bake in the oven, depending on how you like it. It is easy to prepare and ready quickly. Follow recipe.

Ingredients: simple, total time: 45 min. 6 serving
  • 1 kg ground beef

  • 1 big onion/finely-chopped or blended

  • 2-3 garlic cloves/ minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon mint/ finely chopped

  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley/ finely chopped

  • 120 g shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 120 g breadcrumbs

  • 1 teaspoon crushed hot peppers/ or to taste

  • 2 eggs

  • 230 ml milk

  • Olive oil EVO for frying

  • baking dish or pan

  1. Prepare all the ingredients as described above.

  2. Place ground beef in a deep bowl. Add chopped onion, garlic, parsley, mint, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, scrambled eggs, salt, pepper and crushed hot pepper. Pour milk over it all.

  3. Knead the mixture with gloves well into a uniform mixture.

  4. When the mixture is uniform, make balls (the size of golf balls).

  5. You can put the finished balls in a baking tray or fry them in hot oil. It's your choice. There will be less fat if you bake in the oven.

  6. Place baking paper on the tray, arrange the balls, with a distance.

  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C for about 35 minutes, until they are well browned in all sides.

  8. If you fry in oil, wait until the oil is well heated at a moderate temperature, put the balls and turn them while frying until they are well browned in all sides.

  9. Serve keftedes with Tzaziki salad, with a side of fried potatoes.

Buon appetito!


  • Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

  • You can use half pork and half beef minced meat, or only lamb minced meat.

  • These keftedes meatballs go with the Greek Tzaziki salad!

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