Again I have failed to update the blog three times this week. This week I have an excuse though. Not only was it 4th of July weekend, but my friend from home came to visit, I went to the Lady Gaga concert and a lot of my friends had their birthdays. I tried this recipe a while ago. It is something between Greek/Turkish keftedes and meatballs. I love adding herbs to meat and these meatballs contain a lot of fresh and dried spices. I also made tsatsiki to go along with the meatballs. Hope you enjoy!
Ingredients- Keftedes: 1 lb beef, 1/2 onion, 2 carrots, 3 fresh bunches of basil, 1 zucchini, 1 egg, fresh bunch of cilantro, 4 tablespoons bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, italian seasoning, salt and pepper to tatse
Tsatsiki: 2 cups plain yogurt, 2 cucumbers, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 bunch fresh basil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper to season
Begin by preheating the oven to 400. Next grate the peeled zucchini and carrots into a big bowl
Finely chop the onion, cilantro and the basil and add to the bowl
Add the meat, egg, tomato paste, breadcrumbs, italian seasoning, salt and pepper
Mix everything together and form into balls and place on a baking sheet
Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
Meanwhile make the tsatsiki by grating the peeled cucumbers. Squeeze the grated cucumbers and discard any liquid. Mince the garlic and add to the cucumbers.
Add the yogurt, minced basil, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix together. Serve with the cooked meatballs.