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Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce



These little guys are loaded with flavour, especially when they are paired up with a cool, garlicky tzatziki sauce.



Greek Meatballs
1 lb. lean ground beef or lamb
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely grated zucchini
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. cumin
1/3 cup crumbled feta
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients and mix gently. Cook a small meatball (flatten it so it will cook faster) in a skillet. Taste and adjust seasoning. Roll into  bite-size meatballs and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Serve as an appetizer with tzatziki sauce or stuff in a pita with tzatziki, diced tomatoes, red onion, shredded lettuce.

Tzatziki Sauce
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
grated zest of one lemon
1/2 cup grated cucumber
1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together. I find that this always taste better if it has been made ahead of time (even the day before ) to really let the flavours come together.


Tags: Beef, Lamb, Greek, Appetizers, Tzatziki

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