Lamb Keftedes with Tzatziki

Lamb keftedes served with rice and spinach salad

Lamb keftedes are Greek meatballs, and a traditional menu item for this Mediterranean country.  When mixed with spices and lemon juice, these meatballs take on a fresh flavor that is unique and delicious.

Add yogurt dressing (tzatziki), rice, and salad greens, and you’ve got a flavorful meal that you can grill, with little mess.

Serve as meatballs and sauce, or put the whole together as a wrap sandwich. Perfect for a quick weekday dinner, but so flavorful that it’ll taste like you cooked all day!

Tzatziki

Make this yogurt sauce in the morning and refrigerate, or allow it to rest at least 30 minutes before serving, to get the full flavor.  Tzatziki is also wonderful as a dip, with veggies and pita bread.

Yogurt sauce (tzatziki)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Speed up the process of making this yogurt sauce by grating the cucumber over cheesecloth and squeezing out excess liquid.

Course: sauce
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Author: A. JoAnn
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup seedless cucumber peeled and grated
  • 1 cup plain yogurt Greek style
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Grate cucumber over a piece of cheesecloth and sprinkle with salt.  Squeeze the pulp until most of the liquid had drained.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the cucumber with the plain yogurt. Add the oil and spices. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Lamb Keftedes (Meatballs)

You can also serve these meatballs as kabobs, if you wish, by forming the meat on skewers before grilling.

 

Lamb Keftedes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Author: A. JoAnn
Ingredients
  • 1 1b. lamb ground
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. za'tar seasoning
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 tsp. crushed garlic
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Shape into cylinders about 2 inches thick and 3 inches long.  Grill or broil, turning to cook evenly.  Serve with yogurt sauce (tzatziki).

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