Keftethes, the meatballs no Cypriot can resist!
Updated: Jun 1
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 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 ;)