Kefta, Mediterranean Spiced Beef Patties

Kefta and SunFish 2017 Grenache Rosé

Since I did a Greek chicken dish yesterday, I figured I would go ahead and follow it up with a beef alternative. Same same but different! Kefta is like a greek or mediterranean meatball, or patty. Sometimes they are even formed on skewers for grilling. I make mine as parities and pan fry, but grilling is another fantastic option!

We paired this meal with Sun Fish 2017 Grenache Rosé, but it would be great with other Rosé, Aromatic Whites, or Light Whites.

Kefta, Mediterranean Spiced Beef Patties

Greek style meatballs on a bed of Greek salad or flatbread.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: beef, feta, flatbread, ground beef, meatballs, salad
Servings: 4

Ingredients

meatballs:

  • 1/2 cup italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bunch parsley leaves finely chopped, stems discarded
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix or bround beef beef, veal, lamb
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for frying

to serve:

  • 1 head lettuce chopped
  • 2 medium tomato wedged
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • kalamaata olives
  • 1 medium bell pepper diced
  • 1 block feta chunked or crumbled
  • 1 container tzatziki, greek, or tahini dressing
  • 4 loaves flatbread

Instructions

  • In large bowl, place breadcrumb and milk, mix to moisten. Chop onion, garlic, and parsley and add to bowl, along with meat and spices. Mix until fully combined.
  • Shape mixture into small patties, about 2 inches in diameter and somewhat flattened.
  • In large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. When the oil is hot, fry patties in batches, 3-5 minuted per side.
  • Build salad or flatbread sandwiches, top with patties, feta, and dressing.
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