Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

photo updated Jan 2014

I can’t believe my blog has gone on this long without mention of keftedes. It’s just unacceptable! Keftedes are the ever-so-famous Greek meatballs that often grace the typical Greek’s table at any hour of day. They can be appetizers, sides, snacks, or a main dish. A bigger version of a kefteda is often called a bifteki – that’s about the size of a hamburger, but not as flat.

Now, you know I’m all about making things healthy whenever possible right? I’m all over reducing the amount of oil and butter in a recipe, swapping out certain ingredients, etc.  I’d even suggest baking meatballs instead of pan frying them when you are making something like spaghetti and meatballs. So you’ll just have to trust me when I say – you are going to want to pan fry these babies. It’s just the right thing to do, ok? Do not let me catch you baking a Greek kefteda!

When I was young, keftedes and homemade French fries were one of my absolute favorite meals. When I was young, I was a fat kid. 🙂

The other day, I paired the keftedes with a relatively lighter Greek-style potato salad and green salad. So now that your sides are nice and healthy, you are going to feel just fine about the pan frying.


Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

7 thoughts on “Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

  1. Can I bake these, freeze and then defrost to room temperature? I will have tzatiki on the side. I need to make 1,000 for a fundraising event.

    1. Lisa, that should be fine. I’ve only pan-fried keftedes but I’ve frozen plenty of other meatballs after baking. Good luck!

  2. Just made these. Total prep and cook time was under 20 minutes and they were delicious! My family wiped the whole plate of them out in under 10 minutes. Thanks for posting!

    1. So happy to hear you liked them, Chrisanthe! They are a staple in our house and my kids can eat about a million of them.

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