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Keftedes, the meatballs no Cypriot can resist!

These meatballs are a firm family favourite! Lots of flavour and the perfect size to filch when they're hot out the pan.

Delicious as a snack, as a main meal served with chips or some rice, and some Greek yogurt, nice with some salad in a pitta and kids love them.

I often take them to parties and they're always the first thing to go.

**Make more than you need, you will eat at least 10 as you're cooking them**

***This recipe is A LOT easier if you have a chopper or food processor***


Prep Time : 45 minuets (Plus half hour standing time of the mixture)

Serves : This mixture makes approx 35 keftethes

Difficulty : Moderate

500gr Minced pork

1 Small onion

1 Small potato

Large bunch of parsley

1 Egg

1 Lemon

1 Slice of bread

2 Tablespoons mint

2 Teaspoons cinnamon

1.5 Teaspoons salt

1.5 Teaspoons pepper

Sunflower oil for frying

1 - In a large bowl put your minced pork.

2 - Finely chop the onion and parsley in a processor and then make breadcrumbs with the bread, crusts and all, and add to the bowl.

3 - Grate the potato on a fine setting, once grated, squeeze out the water from them and add to the bowl.

4 - Crack the egg into the mixture and add the salt, pepper, mint and cinnamon, along with the juice of the lemon.

5 - Now get your hands dirty. Using your hands mix everything in well, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated.

6 - Leave the mixture to stand for about half an hour so the flavours can all mix.

**This can be left in the fridge covered overnight if you want to get ahead**

7 - Put the oil in a deep pan and start to heat it up.

8 - Roll the mixture into little meatballs, you don't want them too big or they won't cook in the middle in time, so take a small amount of mixture, about half the size of your palm, and roll it into a ball. This is easiest if your hands are slightly wet as it will stop the meat sticking.

9 - Once the oil is hot (you will be able to tell by putting a tiny pinch of mixture into the pan, if it immediately starts to bubble then your oil is hot) fry your meatballs in batches until they're brown, approx 5-7 mins.

10 - Once cooked drain them on some kitchen paper and they're ready to go!

11 - Not strictly a step but.... try not to burn your mouth on them as you're sneaking them out of the pan ;)



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