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Keftedes Tiganites (Fried Greek "Meatballs")

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Category: Greek, Meat

 Ingredients List

  • Karen Mintzias
  • 1 lb Lean beef or veal, ground
  • 1 md Onion; grated
  • 1 Garlic clove; crushed
  • 2 sl Bread; crusts removed
  • 1 Egg; lightly beaten
  • 3 tb Parsley; (minced)
  • 2 Mint sprigs; chopped
  • 1/2 ts Ground allspice*
  • 1 tb Dry red wine
  • 2 tb Water (more if necessary)
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • All-purpose flour
  • Oil for frying


*Note: Bread slices should be soaked in water, then squeezed dry. *Ground
cinnamon or corriander may be substituted for allspice if desired. In a
large bowl, combine the ground meat with the onion, garlic, bread, egg
parsley, mint, spice, and wine and knead for 2 minutes. The mixture should
be soft; add a few tablespoons of water if necessary. Season with salt and
pepper to taste, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Pinch off
small pieces the size of walnuts or smaller and roll into balls between
your palms, then dredge lightly in flour. Heat the oil in a frying pan to
the smoking point, slip in the keftedes, and fry until crisp, turning
constantly with tongs. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on absorbent
paper. From: "The Food of Greece" by Vilma Liacouras Chantiles, Avenel
Books, New York.

Typed for you by Karen Mintzias

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