I love meatballs. They are the quintessential burger if you ask me. (Pssst, ask me.)
No one has to bother removing a bun or thinking they are less than without the bossy bread. Relief.
They can be baked, fried, or broiled. Options.
They can be forked, tooth picked, lettuce wrapped, or handled. Classy or casual.
The ONLY downfall with meatballs is how good they taste and perform when stuffed with fatty meat, cheese, and bread. Ugh, deliciousness. When I’ve experimented by removing these items, the flavor changes (obviously), and the meatballs can lean towards hard and dry.
I do not give up easily. I wanted a meatball for everyday, ones that can pack a punch in protein and flavor but are not high in fat and fillers. It’s tricky.
Having had bits and pieces in my fridge for a few weeks, it was the natural outcome in meatball form. The grated cucumber, olive oil, and egg keep them moist and hold the it altogether without the bread and fatty meat.
Needless to say we’ve been eating some meatballs around here. Testing, testing, 1-2-3.
And here is where we landed: Greek meatballs in a lettuce wrap with lemony yogurt dressing. I tossed a few Kalamata olives, scallions, and cucumbers on top because they were already prepped for my #sundaysetup salad above.
Here are the details!
|Greek meatballs with lemon yogurt dressing|| |
- 1 lb ground chicken or turkey (dark meat is best for flavor and juiciness)
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- ½ cup cucumber grated (peeled and seeded first)
- ¼ cup finely chopped red pepper
- ¼ cup green onions finely chopped (white and green parts)
- ¼ cup feta cheese crumbled
- 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (2 teaspoons dry oregano if you prefer)
- 1¼ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped mint (optional)
- Lettuce wraps with chopped red peppers, green onions, Kalamata olives, Feta, and/or mint leaves.
- Preheat oven to broil setting and lightly brush broiling pan or cookie sheet some extra olive oil.
- Whisk together all dressing ingredients and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine both meats using 2 forks so you don't over mix. Mix just until the two meats are combined.
- Add all ingredients for the meatballs, gently fork together until just combined.
- Using a small scoop or heaping tablespoon roll meatballs form mixture the size of a golf ball. Set on prepared pan. You should have 24-30 meatballs in all.
- Broil on a rack about 6 inches from the top for 4 minutes. Remove from oven, turn each meatball, and broil for 3-4 minutes longer until browned and cooked thru.
- Serve meatballs with lettuce wraps and lemon yogurt dressing. Top with Kalamata olives, red peppers, cucumbers, and or mint if you wish.
Perhaps this week I will eat this salad and these meatballs in the same sitting, or at least the same week. When all of the pieces are prepped, the options are endless. 😉
Lately I’ve been busy writing over here at bodiesbyburgoon.com and talking about food, of course! I’m working with my gym community on something we are calling Sunday Set-Up, also known as #sundaysetup. I’ve long known that a secret to success in many areas of my life is all in the set up. Whether it comes to parenting, teaching, husband traveling, work, and personal health, being set up is my key to staying sane. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram, or search #sundaysetup for inspiration.