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!
Kefta, Mediterranean Spiced Beef Patties
- 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
- 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
- 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.