Indio, California: Now that My Driver is back in Indio, I feel the need to cook and feed him. He runs a lot and needs a lot of fuel. With the Academy Award program on television this evening, I decided to prepare easy Greek Meatballs (Keftedes). The meatballs can be served as a snack with a simple Tzatziki sauce or the meatballs can be stuffed inside pita bread to be enjoyed with sliced tomatoes, green peppers and cucumbers - and slathered with Tzatziki.
Either way, you get to look at George Clooney for several hours.
One pound ground lamb (or beef)
½ cup pureed (or grated) yellow onion (about half of a medium onion)
1 egg, beaten
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 Tablespoons dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
2 Tablespoons finely minced mint leaves
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Heat oven to 400°. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and use a potato masher (or your fingers) to blend well. Roll a rounded tablespoon of meat mixture into a ball and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn each meatball. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Serve hot. Makes approximately 26 meatballs. Meatballs, ready to bake
Simple Tzatziki Sauce:
6 ounces plain Greek yogurt (fat free is great)
¼cup grated cucumber (do not peel)
1 clove garlic, minced (or use a Dorot frozen garlic cube)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch Kosher salt
Combine yogurt, cucumber, garlic, oregano and salt in a small bowl. Refrigerate to let flavors meld for an hour or so. Serve with the meatballs.
Until my next update, I remain, your "I would like to thank the academy" correspondent.
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