How to Make Greek Keftedes With Mint Candy

Updated on August 2, 2019
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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 candy mint. You can also do the same with your favorite candy mint. Enjoy this juicy and delicious meatball at home!

Ingredients for my own version of Greek Keftedes
Ingredients for my own version of Greek Keftedes | Source


  • 250 grams pork, ground
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 8 pieces mint candy, crushed (any of your favorite); approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons when crushed
  • 1 piece 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
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For Preparing the Ingredients
For Preparing the Ingredients | Source
For Preparing the Ingredients
For Preparing the Ingredients | Source
For Cooking the Dish
For Cooking the Dish | Source


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

Greek Keftedes WIth Candy MInt
Greek Keftedes WIth Candy MInt | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 30 pieces


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 °C
  3. Roll into 1 tablespoon balls. Arrange it into a baking sheet lined with wax paper or silicone baking mat.
  4. Cook the meatballs for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Turn the meatballs from time to time to evenly cook.
  5. Serve with bread or pasta.

Finished Product

Greek Keftedes With Candy Mint
Greek Keftedes With Candy Mint | Source

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 hands when molding the balls to prevent the mixture from sticking.

Greek Keftedes Drippings
Greek Keftedes Drippings | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        16 months ago from California

        Hi Pamela,

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

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        16 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        16 months ago from California

        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.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        16 months ago from California

        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.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        16 months ago from California

        Hello Eric,

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

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        16 months ago from California

        Hi Mary,

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

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        16 months ago from New York

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

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        Mary Norton 

        16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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        Eric Dierker 

        16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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.

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        Mary Petrou 

        16 months ago from Greece

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


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