Keftedes“Slow cooking makes all the difference,” my mom said.

I rarely make fried food, I try to keep a healthy life-style. But once in a blue moon is OK! Here’s the ingredients you’ ll need to buy to make Κεφτέδες , a Cyprus fried meatball type recipe:

Κεφτέδες (pronounced: keftethes)

4  Medium size white potatoes

1 Pound ground meat of your preference

1 Egg

1 Onion

Fresh parsley

Fresh mint


Black pepper


                                                   Optional -bread crumbs, 1 tspoon Baking powder

NOTE: You may choose to combine two types of ground meat. Any combination will give a different flavor to your Κεφτέδες (Keftethes).

Preparation: Grate the potatoes and remove the excessive water from the bowl. Thinly chop mint and parsley. I use them generously in my mixture, i like the flavors they bring to the dish. In general however, 1 cup of parsley and a few spoons of mint will be the analogy.

Mix all other ingredients together. Form small oval or round shapes with the mixture in your hands, no more than one and a half inches diameter. In fact, i suggest to be open and experiment with the size of your Keftethes (Κεφτέδες), a lot depends on the frying pan you have etc.

The black pepper should dominate over the cinnamon. I don’t use a measure spoon. A general estimate is to add half to one teaspoon of cinnamon and one and a half or two of the pepper, use your judgement on that.

The secret to successfully frying Keftethes (Κεφτέδες), is to heat up the oil very much. I use olive oil for all my cooking needs, but any oil you like cooking is fine. As my mother pointed out, once the oil is heated up in a deep frying pan, place the meatballs in it. Immediately turn down the heat. Slow cooking helps to cook well inside. Once the meat turns golden brown, your  Keftethes (Κεφτέδες) is ready. It should only take a few minutes to bring the first serving up from the pan, the oil should be that much heated.

P.S. The healthier version is to broil the Keftethes (Κεφτέδες) in the oven with a brush of olive oil in the baking dish. They taste the same, especially if you boil the potatoes first and mash them in the mixture. I always serve them with a Greek salad and Greek yogurt, but whatever works for you really.

(Κεφτέδες) is pronounced keftethes.


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