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How to Make Greek Keftedes With Mint Candy

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Learn how to make these delicious Greek keftedes infused with mint candy.

Learn how to make these delicious Greek keftedes infused with mint candy.

Greek keftedes are a popular Greek appetizer typically served with pita bread or pasta. They can be fried or baked. In my version, I replaced the fresh mint with my favorite mint candy. You can also do the same with your favorite mint candy. Enjoy this juicy and delicious meatball at home!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

20 min

35 min

30 pieces

The ingredients for my own version of Greek keftedes.

The ingredients for my own version of Greek keftedes.

Ingredients

  • 250 grams pork, ground
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 8 pieces mint candy, crushed (use your favorite variety); approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons when crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 4 pieces garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small piece onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried

Utensils:

For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • 1 medium bowl
  • 4 small bowls
  • 1 plate
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

For Cooking the Dish:

  • Baking sheet
  • Silicon mat or wax paper

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  3. Roll the mixture into balls, using about 1 tablespoon per ball. Arrange the balls on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Cook the meatballs for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Turn the meatballs from time to time to ensure even cooking.
  5. Serve with bread or pasta.
The keftedes on the baking sheet.

The keftedes on the baking sheet.

The finished product. This is what the interior of the keftedes looks like.

The finished product. This is what the interior of the keftedes looks like.

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use fresh oregano or parsley if available.
  2. Mix all the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Keep all the accumulated oil surrounding the meatballs. Use this to flavor fried rice.
  4. Add any sauce variations to level up your meatballs.
  5. Oil your hands when molding the balls to prevent the mixture from sticking.
You can save the drippings from the keftedes and use them as seasoning in other dishes.

You can save the drippings from the keftedes and use them as seasoning in other dishes.

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Comments

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 24, 2018:

Hi Pamela,

Yes, try it. It tasted so good indeed. Thanks for đropping by!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2018:

This is sure an interesting recipe. It is new to me, but I would love to try it. Good article.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 23, 2018:

Hi Leah,

I know how weird the recipe is. But since I don't have mint available at home, I simply chose my favorite candy as part of the dish. The taste was legit. Just rely on those candy mint brands that aren't too sweet. I had mine with a more pronounced mint flavor so it blended well with my meatballs.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 23, 2018:

Hi Mary Norton,

It isn't sweet at all. Mint has its own sweet flavor. So if you compare ordinary candies to mint candies,the former is lot more sweeter than the latter. Sounds weird, but it tasted good, I promise.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 23, 2018:

Hello Eric,

It isn't sweet. I don't like sweet meatballs. Just a kick of mint. A bit of refreshing taste.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 23, 2018:

Hi Mary,

I love it! It was delicious. I used some leftover meatballs for my pasta.

Leah from New York on July 23, 2018:

Wow I never would have thought of using candy with meatballs! They do look good though.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 23, 2018:

I have not really cooked Keftedes and I will be hesitant to cook with candy mint.How is the taste? Sweet?

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 23, 2018:

Good article but I still have trouble with sweet and meet. Barbecue sauce and sweet and sour pork the only exceptions. I will have to think on this one.

Mary Petrou from Greece on July 23, 2018:

Great recipe! I make them the same way except instead of mint I use spearmint! They are delicious!