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Keftedakia       HT  HD  PFC Greek 50mins plus chilling

 

Serves 4-8 as part of a mezethes plate  

 

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Ingredients 

2 slices White Bread, crusts removed 

3 tbsp Ouzo 

2 tbsp Olive Oil 

1 small Onion, finely chopped 

325g/12oz Minced Beef 

1 Egg 

1 tbsp freshly chopped Mint 

1 Garlic Clove, crushed 

1 teasp Dried Oregano 

Black pepper 

Plain Flour to coat 

Oil for shallow frying

 

Instructions

 

1. Place the bread in a small mixing bowl, pour the ouzo over the bread and leave to soak for 5 minutes.

 

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes until softened and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

 

3. Add the soaked bread, beef, egg, mint, garlic, oregano and black pepper. Mix well until thoroughly combined.

 

4. Shape the mixture into balls about the size of a large walnut, roll the balls in the flour to lightly coat and refrigerate for 1 hour.

 

5. Preheat the oven to low. Heat the oil in a large frying pan until hot and fry the meatballs in one layer (you'll have to do this in 3 or 4 batches) for 8 to 10 minutes, until cooked through and browned on all sides.

 

6. Transfer the meatballs to an ovenproof platter and keep warm in the oven whilst you cook the  remaining meatballs. Serve hot.

 

Great to serve at parties too. Just double or treble the recipe and serve on cocktail sticks.

 

 

 

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Key techniques required to make this recipe

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Boil  - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.

 

Freezing/Make ahead

 

Tips, Options and Substitutions

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Main equipment required to make this Recipe

 

Chopping Knife

Saucepan

Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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