Keftedàkia ( Greek Meatballs)


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Ouzo is a Greek spirit that has evolved from tsipouro which in turn it was created by some 14th century monks on Mount Athos. Tsipouro was flavored with anise and that is called today ouzo.
In 2006 Greece won the right to label ouzo, tsipouro and tsikoudia as products with a Protected Designation of Origin. That means that only Greek and Cypriot producers have the right to call their products with this name and no one else.
The island of Lesbos claims the paternity of ouzo and is still the most important producer.
The origin of its name is somewhat disputed.
During a visit to Thessaly in 1896, the late professor Alexander Philadelpheus delivered to us valuable information on the origins of the word “ouzo”, which has come to replace the word “tsipouro”. According to the professor, tsipouro gradually became ouzo after the following event: Thessaly exported fine cocoons to Marseilles during the 19th century, and in order to distinguish the product, outgoing crates would be stamped with the words “uso Massalia”—Italian for “to be used in Marseille”. One day, the Ottoman Greek consulate physician, named Anastas (Anastasios) Bey, happened to be visiting the town of Tyrnavos and was asked to sample the local tsipouro. Upon tasting the drink, the physician immediately exclaimed: “This is uso Massalia, my friends”—referring to its high quality. The term subsequently spread by word of mouth, until tsipouro gradually became known as ouzo.

—The Times of Thessaly, 1959

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Another version says that ouzo comes from the Turkish word üzüm which means grape.
Ouzo can be mixed with cold water and that makes it look like a cloud in a glass. Also some people drink it with ice cubes and the more matcho ones drink it straight. Usually it is accompanied with mezedes which are appetizers equivalent of Spanish tapas.
These keftedakia are the perfect mezes not only for ouzo, but also for grappa or wine or beer. They are soft, fluffy and flavorful. If you add tzatziki to the equation then you have the perfect lunch or dinner.

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Keftedàkia ( Greek Meatballs)

Ingredients
½ kilo ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 egg
1 garlic clove, minced
130 gr. stale bread
1 tsp spearmint, dried
1 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp of parsley finely chopped
A handful of cheese, I used emental but any yellow cheese would do
¼ cup olive oil
Flour to coat the keftedakia
Olive oil for frying them

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Instructions

In a bowl put the bread and soak it in water.
In another bowl put all the other ingredients.
Remove the bread from the water and drain it very well, so as to become something like a pulp.
Add it to the rest of the ingredients and knead with your hands until everything is incorporated.
In a plate add the flour.
Take in your palm a small quantity and roll it to become a small ball.
Put it in the flour and roll it so as to be coated with flour.
Repeat with the rest of the ground meat.
In a deep pot pour about 1 1/2 cups of olive oil.
Put the pot on the stove in high heat and when the oil is ready fry the meat balls in batches.

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5.0 from 9 reviews
Keftedàkia ( Greek Meatballs)
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Appetizer / Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • ½ kilo ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 130 gr. stale bread
  • 1 tsp spearmint, dried
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp of parsley finely chopped
  • A handful of cheese, I used emental but any yellow cheese would do
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Flour to coat the keftedakia
  • Olive oil for frying them
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a bowl put the bread and soak it in water.
  2. In another bowl put all the other ingredients.
  3. Remove the bread from the water and drain it very well, so as to become something like a pulp.
  4. Add it to the rest of the ingredients and knead with your hands until everything is incorporated.
  5. In a plate add the flour.
  6. Take in your palm a small quantity and roll it to become a small ball.
  7. Put it in the flour and roll it so as to be coated with flour.
  8. Repeat with the rest of the ground meat.
  9. In a deep pot pour about 1½ cups of olive oil.
  10. Put the pot on the stove in high heat and when the oil is ready fry the meat balls in batches.

5.0 from 9 reviews
Κεφτεδάκια
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Ορεκτικό / Κυρίως Γεύμα
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • ½ κιλό κιμά
  • 1 κρεμμύδι, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 1 αυγό
  • 1 σκελίδα σκόρδο, λιωμένη
  • μπαγιάτικο ψωμί 130 γρ.
  • 1 κ.γ. δυόσμο
  • 1 κ.γ. ρίγανη
  • 1 κ.γ. αλάτι
  • 3 κ.σ. μαϊντανό, ψιλοκομμένο
  • Μια χούφτα τυρί, χρησιμοποίησα & έμενταλ, αλλά κάνει οποιοδήποτε κίτρινο τυρί
  • ¼ φλ. ελαιόλαδο
  • Αλεύρι για το αλεύρωμα
  • Ελαιόλαδο για το τηγάνισμα τους
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε ένα μπολ, βάλτε το ψωμί και νερό να μουλιάσει.
  2. Σε ένα άλλο μπολ βάλτε όλα τα υπόλοιπα υλικά.
  3. Βγάλτε το ψωμί από το νερό και σουρώστε το πολύ καλά, έτσι ώστε να γίνει κάτι σαν πολτός.
  4. Προσθέσετε τα υπόλοιπα υλικά και ζυμώστε με τα χέρια σας μέχρι να ενσωματωθούν.
  5. Σε ένα πιάτο, βάλτε το αλεύρι.
  6. Πλάστε τα σε μικρές μπάλες.
  7. Κυλήστε τα στο αλεύρι.
  8. Επαναλάβετε με τον υπόλοιπο κιμά.
  9. Σε μια βαθιά κατσαρόλα ρίξτε το ελαιόλαδο περίπου 1½ φλυτζάνια.
  10. Βάλτε την κατσαρόλα στο μάτι της κουζίνας σε δυνατή φωτιά και τηγανίστε τους σε δόσεις.

65 Responses to Keftedàkia ( Greek Meatballs)

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  2. Louise says:

    Hi Katerina!
    Oh I love learning the history of ouzo. I always thought it was a Turkish spirit. I’ve actually had ouzo once. Boy oh boy is it potent!

    As you know, I’m a huge fan of all things Greek:) However, Greek meatballs may just be my favorite. I never realized spearmint was an ingredient and olive oil. I must try making my own one day.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Katerina and thank you for joining us for Meatball Day!

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  4. Kecia says:

    These meatballs look absolutely delicious, just like everything you make! I love the beautiful photos, too! Wonderful post!

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  6. Love a great meatball and a cool story!! Pinning!!

    Hugs My Friend!!

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  8. Katerina…these meatballs are just adorable and look so fun to make! I can’t wait to try them!

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  10. Hadia says:

    Katerina, these balls sound so yummy, and love your dekicate presentation!

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  12. Cindy J says:

    These meatballs sound lovely. I am intrigued my the addition of spearmint. Pinned

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  14. Have you ever baked them? My Yiayia always fried them, but I don’t really fry anything besides eggs.

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    • Katerina says:

      Hello and thanks for asking! Of course you can bake them only you will have to make them as burgers that is larger. Have a great day!

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  16. Lisa says:

    These look really good! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I hope you will be able to join us again this week. :-) http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/10/try-new-tuesday-october-29.html

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  18. Miz Helen says:

    We will just love your Greek Meatballs, great flavor! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. I just made meatballs yesterday for dinner, I bet my family would of loved this version! Thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking!!

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  22. Linda says:

    Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes. These sound really good.

    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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  24. Vicki @ WITK says:

    Dropping by from Tasty Tuesdays! Have you ever made these meatballs with turkey? (I don’t eat a lot of beef.)

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  26. These meatballs look amazing! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday this week!

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  28. Lois says:

    Looks delicious. Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday.

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  30. Marti says:

    These look great!! Thank you so much for linking up at Sewlicious Home Decor!

    Marti

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  32. Diane Balch says:

    I love the seasoning in your meatballs and the story about ouzo. Thanks for sharing these on foodie friday.

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  34. BeckyCharms says:

    These look soooo good! Yummy..

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  36. OOMPAH! I say, true!
    Wish could try one or two of these right now!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Foodie Friends Friday Cupcake Party

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  38. Asmita says:

    Gorgeous flavors! The perfect appetizer. These would get wiped out at my place.

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  40. Corina says:

    They look great – the presentation makes them good enough for a cocktail party.

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  42. Perfect appetizer, filled with so much flavors!

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  44. Balvinder says:

    They are the perfect appetizer in my house with drinks. I love your presentation.

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  46. rosita says:

    Se ve riquísimo con carne muy tentador su aperitivo,abrazos.

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  48. The meatballs sound wonderful as a starter for a party. Moist on the inside and crisp on the out, they look perfect.

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  50. This is quite similar to my recipe but we don’t add cheese to it. They look so appetizing!

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  52. Marion says:

    Αγαπημένα ”κιοφτεδάκια” :)

    περιτό να σου πω πως τα παιδιά μου τα τρωνε σαν στραγάλια.
    Κι εγώ τα τσακίζω όπως λες με ενα ωραιότατο ουζάκι. Εξαιρετκή παρουσίαση Κατερίνα μου.

    Φιλιά πολλά

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  54. rebecca says:

    fun would be great for a party

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  56. Beth says:

    Your meatballs look terrific!

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  58. Nadji says:

    J’aime beaucoup les boulettes de viande. Je testerai bien ta version.
    J’aime beaucoup.
    See soon.

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  60. Louise says:

    I had no idea that Greek meatballs were rolled in flour Katerina. What an interesting concept. I also had no idea about the history of one of Greece’s most legendary drinks either. Love those bits and bites.

    Thanks for sharing, Katerina…

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  62. Joanne says:

    These are so cute! I’m sure my boyfriend would love them!

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  64. One of my ultimate favorite foods EVER!! Your photos are amazing!! ♥

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  66. Your photos, your photos…oh my! You are very good with your photos and the presentations. Just gorgeous, Katerina! Love the meatballs.

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  68. Liz says:

    Your meatballs look terrific, Katerina! Yeah, I probably won’t have mine with ouzo, but fun learning its history :)

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  70. cquek says:

    That really is gorgeous and it turned out perfectly.

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  72. A history lesson in Ouzo, wonderful 😀 My hubby would absolutely love this dish!

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  74. Jeannie Tay says:

    Love meatballs, they are so versatile and easy to eat, look delicious!

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  76. Ouzo usually knocks my socks off and used to have this at the end of the Italian meal. Good but really strong! Now on to those beautifully presented meatball. I love your addition of spearmint and glad we are both on the meatball idea this week. Great minds think alike! Take Care, BAM

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  78. mjskit says:

    Fun tale on how ouzo came to be called ouzo. I love ouzo and my husband doesn’t so when I buy a bottle, I get the whole bottle to myself. Of course it last me along time. :) Delicious looking meatballs! I love eating meatballs as a starter. They are so much more enjoyable that way than smothered in sauce, but that’s just me.

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  80. What delicious looking meatballs!

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  82. Eleanna says:

    Lovely meatballs! They look so yummy! And you simply have to tell me where you got that shopping bag from, it’s gorgeous! Filakia filenada!

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  84. Marina Parmigiani says:

    Thanks for the history about ouzo which is one of my preferred aperitif.
    I will try to cook the keftedàkia that look amazing!
    Believe me…I love Greek food!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  86. I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of anise tasting drinks, but my hubs is and would surely love these! :)

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  88. These meatballs look SO good! I can’t believe I have never made meatballs before! That has got to change!

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  90. I just love these possible stories of where words or expressions may come from…like uso Massalia! These meatballs look great, love the touch of spearmint in there!

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  92. My husband loves ground meat dishes. These meatballs are definitely perfect for him.

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  94. pepi says:

    Πολύ παιχνιδιάρικη φωτογράφιση!!!
    Και πολύ αρωματικά τα κεφτεδάκια σου, έτσι όπως πρέπει να είναι!!!

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  96. Delicious meatballs, looks really tempting. Beautiful presentation!

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  98. Barbara says:

    I tried ouzo while in Greece, but must confess it was too strong for me.
    I like the spearmint in your meatballs, Katerina!

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  100. Emily says:

    What delicious looking meatballs, and another fun insight into Greek traditions. Love it. I have never heard of ouzo but I would sure love to try. :)

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  102. Juliana says:

    These meatballs look great Katerina, I like the handful of cheese in it…
    Have a wonderful week ahead 😀

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  104. divya says:

    Very delicious, your clicks make it more tempting..

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  106. Claire Davis says:

    I have never tried ouzo but I have always wanted to! I will have to look for a place to buy it around here. The meatballs look like a perfect appetizer!

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  108. Your meatballs sound great. I like to serve them at my Christmas open house with cubes of marinated feta.

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  110. mia maria says:

    Ο πιο αγαπημένος μεζές! Καλή εβδομάδα Κατερίνα μου :)

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  112. kate says:

    The proprietary aspect of ouzo reminds me of French champagne.

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  114. grace says:

    i love meatballs, any style! i can tell these would quickly become one of my favorite types ever. :)

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  116. The neatballs look so moist and good.
    I remember having ouzo for the first time in a very fancy place in San Francisco, the anise flavor was so prominent, had to sip very slowly.

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  118. I love the meatballs, really almost the same as the italian method. I love Greek food so much, I have to try these.

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  120. Sissi says:

    Katerina, thank you so much for the ouzo history lesson. Fascinating, as always. I loooove ouzo and also the French pastis which is made in a very similar way, but has a yellow colour (it also gets cloudy when in contact with water). The meatballs sound like an excellent drink snack and I bet they make ouzo taste even better.

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  122. CCU says:

    These meatballs look so moist and delicious, would love to try them for my dad 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

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  124. Ίσως ο απόλυτος ελληνικός μεζές!
    Σε συνδυασμό βέβαια με τηγανητές πατάτες είναι ένα υπέροχο γεύμα!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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  126. Ola says:

    Interesting to find out the origins of ouzo! It’s my husband favourite drink each time we visit Greece:)) For me the flavour is too strong, retsina wine much preferred!
    a very nice presentation!
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