I found another childhood favorite while combing through my Greek cookbook – fried Greek meatballs. My yaya (grandma) used to make these all the time and she taught my mom. I really must ask my mom if she has this recipe as I’m sure my yaya doesn’t remember any more. But this recipe looked amazing, and was! Totally brought back memories of when she would make them.
recipe from Nosthimia! The Greek American Family Cookbook by Georgia Sarianides copyright 2004
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1 large onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 egg slightly beaten
2 tbs finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tbs finely chopped fresh mint
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and pepper
3/4 to 1 cup flour
1/2 cup olive oil, for frying
Mix meat, bread crumbs, grated onion, garlic, egg, parsley, mint, oregano, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Knead all of the ingredients very well, then cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Shape 1 tablespoon of meat into a small meatball. Dredge meatballs on flour, then add oil to a large heavy skillet and heat it until it’s almost smoking. Fry meatballs a few at a time, turning them constantly until brown. Serve hot or cold.
Serve with a salad of tomato, feta and kalamata olives dressed with oregano, salt, pepper and oil. Enjoy!