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Vegetarian Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)
Vegetarian Keftedes Recipes
Keftedes, or Keftes are Greek Meatballs often served as appetizers at parties or in restaurants. There are a wide variety of vegetarian varieties made with chickpeas, rice, bulgur, faux meat, or eggplant, mixed with herbs and bread crumbs.
My family includes Greek vegetarians and they just love when I make vegetarian Keftedes and Tzatziki. They are great as an appetizer, or as a main dish when served with veggies and a salad. I also love the leftovers in cold sandwiches on pita bread with tzatziki or hummus.
Vegetarian Keftedes Photo, © Julianne Gentile
This vegetarian recipe includes eggs. Vegans can replace the vegetarian faux burger with a vegan faux burger and use Ener-G or other egg replacer instead of the eggs.
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 25 min
- Ready in: 40 min
- Yields: 8-10 people
- 20 oz Vegetarian burger or other faux beef crumbles
- 1 small onion
- 3 -4 cloves of garlic
- 1/3 cup oregano or Italian seasoning blend
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup oill for frying
- salt and pepper to taste
- or Cavender's Greek Seasoning to taste
- Optional: 1 Tablespoon fresh mint
- Mix faux meat, eggs, and seasonings together in a large bowl
- grate onions directly into the mixture to get the onion juice in the mix
- add chopped garlic to the mix
- add breadcrumbs - I prefer to make my own by throwing crusty bread into a food processor
- Add mint if you prefer
- Season to taste with salt and pepper or Cavender's Greek Seasoning
- Heat oil in a pan for frying
- Pour flour on a plate
- Shape mixture into balls and roll in flour
- Fry balls in the hot oil
- Once well browned all over, remove from oil and allow to drain
- Serve with tzatziki
This is super tasty right out of the can! One can of Worthington Burger is perfect for use with the keftedes recipe above. You can use your favorite faux meat, but Burger is handy to have on hand and Amazon sells it by the case, so it's always available for making tacos, spaghetti, unmeatloaf, etc.
Do they sound Tasty or Horrible?
Tzatziki is super tasty and a perfect dipping sauce for keftedes. It's also delicious as a thick salad dressing, or a dip for chips, crudites, or pita.
Vegan option: simply replace the Greek Yogurt with your favorite plain Soy Yogurt, and strain through a cheescloth or coffee filter for at least 30 minutes before using.
- Prep time: 30 min
- Cook time: 15 min
- Ready in: 45 min
- Yields: 4-6
- 1 English cucumber
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Tablespoon fresh dill
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Peel English cucumber
- Slice cucumber the long way
- Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds
- Chop the cucumber and place in a fine strainer or coffee filter
- Add salt to cucumber and let drain for about 30 minutes
- While draining, add chopped garlic to the yogurt
- Add dill, lemon juice to the yogurt mixture
- Blend yogurt mixture and cucumber in a food processor
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Cucumber Dill Dip
If you don't have the time or patience to prepare homemade tzatziki, this Cucumber Dill Dip from Amaerican Spice is delish! Just mix this with Greek yogurt and you have an instant dill dip, perfect to serve with pitas, gyros, keftedes, falafels, etc.
Have you ever tried Vegetarian Keftedes?