Best Gluten-free Greek Herbed Beef Meatballs (Keftedes / Κεφτέδες)
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These gluten-free and Keto meatballs are very popular in Greece and there are many variations of this recipe based on the region. Packed full of fresh herbs and bound together with egg and almond flour, this Greek meatball recipe is great served as part of a mezze appetizer platter or as a main meal served in pita or lettuce wraps with tzatziki. Their small size also makes this Keto recipe great for kids, snacks, picnics, and lunches on the go.
Are there any alternative cooking methods?
If you don’t want to shallow fry this meatball recipe, you can also roast them in the oven on a baking tray at 350F/180C for 18-20 minutes, or until golden, crisp, and cooked through.
Are there any ingredient substitutions?
Beef can be substituted for ground chicken, pork or turkey. If you don’t have fresh herbs to hand, you can still use their dried equivalents.
What can I serve Greek meatballs with?
How to store ‘keftedes’?
Greek meatballs should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days or can be frozen in the freezer and consumed within 3 months. To reheat them from frozen, place them on a baking tray and roast in the oven until heated through.
500g ground beef
1 red onion
4 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
2 medium eggs
20g ground almonds
1 tsp sea salt
Ground black pepper
Avocado oil, for frying
Finely dice the onion using a mandolin or sharp knife. Finely chop the parsley and mint. In a large bowl, place the ground beef, parsley, mint, oregano, ground almonds, eggs, sea salt, and a good grind of black pepper.
Use your hands to thoroughly combine all the ingredients together. Grab small chunks of the mixture and roll them into a meatball size between your palms. Use a digital scale to help make even-sized meatballs. They should weigh approximately 30g/1oz per piece. Leave to chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to firm up slightly.
Heat the avocado oil (or any high smoke point vegetable oil) in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Carefully place the meatballs into the pan and leave to fry 6-8 minutes on each side before turning. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to cook them in batches.
Transfer the meatballs to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh parsley and wedges of lemon. They are delicious served with tzatziki or hummus. Enjoy hot or cold.
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Lettuce wraps for Keto
Beef - is mainly composed of protein and varying amounts of fat. It is highly nutritious and may help promote muscle maintenance and growth. (Source)
Red onion - nutrient dense, meaning they're low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. Red onions are rich in anthocyanin, which are powerful plant pigments that may protect against heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. (Source)
Parsley - provides a concentrated source of nutrients, particularly rich in vitamins A, C, and K. The vitamins and beneficial plant compounds in parsley may improve bone health, protect against chronic diseases, and provide antioxidant benefits. (Source)
Mint - is a potent source of antioxidants, especially when compared to other herbs and spices. Antioxidants help protect your body from oxidative stress, a type of damage to cells caused by free radicals. (Source)
Oregano - (Try to source Greek oregano, as there is a difference in flavour) Oregano is high in antioxidants, it can help prevent damage by neutralising disease-causing free radicals, and contains certain compounds that have potent antibacterial properties. (Source)
Eggs - are incredibly nutritious, a great source of protein, healthy fats and they help elevate levels of HDL (the "good") cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases. (Source)
Almonds - are high in protein and fibre and are an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. (Source)
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Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.