To do: Make Keftedes, aka, greek meatballs!
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Ingredients below + room to dance + a map
The Mediterranean diet has become known the world over as a healthy and fresh way of eating. It’s features an abundance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and olive oil! Make sure to look at a map of the Mediterranean Sea or search out some images online.
Next, try a recipe for Greek Keftedes, aka, meatballs! They have a few different ingredients than your mainstay meatballs, but are familiar enough that your child will enjoy giving them a try.
Don’t have time to make Keftedes? Listen to the main theme from Zorba the Greek, a Broadway musical from 1968 and dance in the kitchen.
Greek Keftedes, adapted from All Recipes
- 4 slices white bread, torn into pieces (a perfect job for your child!)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 onion, quartered
- 4 tsp dried mint
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 black pepper, ground, to taste
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground lamb
- 4 egg
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
- vegetable oil, for frying
1. To start, pour the milk over the pieces of bread in a large bowl. Set aside while you combine the garlic, onion, mint, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until fine. Add this mixture to the bowl of bread. Also add the beef, lamb, and eggs. Mix with your hands until combined!
2. Roll into balls about 2 inches in diameter. Place the flour in a shallow bowl or pan and roll the balls in the flour to coat. Shake off any excess flour.
3. Heat a 1 inch layer of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add as many meatballs as you can without crowding them. Cook until nicely browned on the outside and no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes. Place on a paper towel-lined plate until ready to eat!
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