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Pork Keftedes

Pork Keftedes with Greek Salad and Homemade Flatbread

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Greek cuisine is always a crowd-pleaser, and these pork meatballs are no exception. Here, Chef Michelle is infusing the meat with warm spices, red onion, and tomato, then forming it into balls and baking in the oven until tender and flavorful. Then, she’s taking the mystery out of homemade bread, creating a simple, satisfying dough from a handful of ingredients and frying it in olive oil until golden and crisp. It’s perfect for tearing and scooping up the meatballs with a fresh and crunchy salad in a tangy lemon dressing.

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    Quick facts

    Serving size
    2servings
    Prep & cook time
    minutes
    Cooking Skill
    medium
    By Chef Michelle

    By Chef Michelle

    Nutritional info

    • Calories 870
    • Protein 43g
    • Total Carb 70g
    • Total Fat 47g

    Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

    Ingredients & Equipment

    What we send

    • tomatoes
      2
      tomatoes
    • English cucumber
      1/2
      English cucumber
    • parsley
      1/8 ounce
      parsley
    • lemon
      1
      lemon
    • red onion
      1
      red onion
    • breadcrumbs
      2 tablespoons
      breadcrumbs
    • ground pork
      10 ounces
      ground pork
    • crumbled feta cheese
      1 each
      crumbled feta cheese
    • flour
      1 cup
      flour
    • baking powder
      1 teaspoon
      baking powder
    • milk
      8 ounces
      milk
    • dried mint
      1/4 teaspoon
      dried mint
    • ground cinnamon
      1/8 teaspoon
      ground cinnamon
    • dried oregano
      1/4 teaspoon
      dried oregano
    • ground cumin
      1/4 teaspoon
      ground cumin
    • ground coriander
      1/8 teaspoon
      ground coriander

    What You’ll Need

    • olive oil
    • eggs
    • kosher salt
    • black pepper
    • aluminum foil
    • baking sheet
    • rolling pin (optional)
    • 12" large nonstick pan

    Cooking Steps

    1. Prepare Ingredients

      Prepare Ingredients

      Preheat oven to 425°F. Rinse all produce. Cut tomatoes into ½-inch dice. Finely chop ¼ of diced tomatoes, leaving remaining tomatoes in ½-inch dice for making meatballs. Quarter cucumber lengthwise, then cut crosswise into ½-inch pieces. Roughly chop parsley leaves, discarding stems. Halve lemon. Peel onion and cut into small dice. 

    2. Form and Bake Meatballs

      Form and Bake Meatballs

      In a large bowl, combine spice mix, breadcrumbs, finely chopped tomato, 1 tablespoon onion, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Add pork to bowl with aromatics. Using your hands, mix well, then form into 10 equal balls, about 2 inches thick. Arrange meatballs on a foil-lined baking sheet, spacing apart as much as possible, and bake until cooked through and slightly browned, about 15 minutes.

    3. Make Greek Salad

      Make Greek Salad

      In a medium bowl, whisk together juice of ½ lemon, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper to combine. Add feta, cucumber, remaining diced tomato, half of parsley, and remaining onion (raw red onion has a strong flavor, so only use as much as desired). Toss to combine and set aside to marinate until ready to serve. Use remaining lemon to brighten a glass of water.

    4. Make Dough

      Make Dough

      Reserve 1 teaspoon flour in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate medium bowl, combine baking powder, ⅓ cup milk, remaining flour, remaining parsley, and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Stir vigorously until fully combined and a dough begins to form. Sprinkle reserved flour onto a clean dry surface. Turn out dough and, using your hands, knead until soft and pliable, 2-3 minutes. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces.


    5. Cook Flatbreads

      Cook Flatbreads

      Using a rolling pin or your hands, roll and stretch doughs into circular shapes, about ¼-inch thick. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add doughs, 1 disc at a time. Cook, working in batches and adding oil as needed, until golden, 3-4 minutes. Flip, reduce heat to medium, and cook until dough is cooked through, 3-4 minutes more.

    6. Plate Pork Keftedes

      Plate Pork Keftedes

      Transfer flatbreads, pork keftedes, and Greek salad to serving plates. Dig in! Save remaining milk for your morning coffee.

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