ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Traditional Greek Keftethes

Updated on March 16, 2015

What are Keftethes?

If you have one of these simple and yummy Greek meatballs, you're having a kefte.

But who can stop at one? Have two, or four, or more, and you're eating keftethes.

If you're eating Turkish food, then you're eating kofte.

It doesn't matter what you call them, they're easy and fast to make, delicious as a hot meal or snack, and absolutely fantastic cold.

Serve with anything - tzatziki, potato salad, bean salad, coleslaw or fresh tomatoes. Pop them on a skewer over the barbecue. Any way you serve them, keftethes are scrumptious.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 50 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: 24 small balls

Ingredients

  • 500 g or 1lb of chicken mince
  • 1 large grated white onion
  • 1 cup of day old white breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together as thoroughly as you can. I use my hands but you could put them in your mixer if you wish.
  2. When mixed, let it sit in the fridge for an hour to rest and firm up. This makes rolling them into balls much easier.
  3. Remove from fridge.
  4. Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll between your hands to create a ball.
  5. Bake in moderate to high oven for 20 minutes (depending on the size of your balls)
Cast your vote for Chicken Keftethes Recipe

Great Greek Cookbooks

The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean
The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

Authentic recipes adapted to the modern way of cooking with ingredients you can find wherever you live.

 

Rolled and ready to bake

Now to cook the Keftethes

You can fry the Keftethes, grill them, or skewer over a barbecue. I chose to bake mine in the oven.

Next time I'll try them in my convection oven.

Baked in the Oven

Tzatziki Recipe

  • 2 cups thick Greek-style yogurt
  • 3 Lebanese cucumbers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Remove the skin from the cucumbers
  2. Coarsely grate the flesh. Squeeze out excess liquid
  3. Combine yogurt, cucumber, garlic and mint in a bowl.
  4. Season with a little coarse salt, black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice

Ready to Eat

All photos by Susanna Duffy

Bake your keftethes in a beautiful dish

Use this dish to marinate in the fridge, bake in the oven, reheat in the microwave, and store in the freezer--everything but cook on the stovetop.

Crafted from durable stoneware, it distributes and retains heat beautifully, and its handsome, nonporous enamel surface makes for easy serving and washing. Heavy-duty for years of use

All comments are greatly appreciated.

© 2011 Susanna Duffy

Leave a note for the Cook

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      rossarianebautista 

      7 years ago

      They seems delicious, though I prefer meatballs in spaghetti. :)

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      These sure look good! Glad I came by to see how to make them :)

    • jmsp206 profile image

      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Delicious!

    • justholidays profile image

      justholidays 

      7 years ago

      What time is dinner? I'd like to taste those Keftethes, meatball, whatever their name, they're just looking sooooooooooooooo yummy! :D

    • justholidays profile image

      justholidays 

      7 years ago

      What time is dinner? I'd like to taste those Keftethes, meatball, whatever their name, they're just looking sooooooooooooooo yummy! :D

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)