Anytime of year is good for meatballs, but especially around this festive time of year they are a great choice for your entertaining needs. Want to add a little different flavor for your holiday appetizer? Try Greek meatballs. Serve with a yogurt sauce, like this one from AllRecipes.com. It would a bright start or accompaniment to the main meal for your guests.
Greek Meatballs for a Crowd (makes 55-60 meatballs)
About 5 pounds of ground beef and pork (I usually do about 2/3 beef and 1/3 pork)
1 pound of bacon, minced in the food processor
1/2 of a large sweet onion, grated
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 Tablespoon of oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
10 ounces of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
8 ounces of feta, crumbled
Place ground meat and bacon into a large bowl. In a small bowl mix onion, egg, garlic and spices. Pour mixture into the meat. Add the spinach and feta. Dig in and mix it all together. Make a small pattie and cook it through. Taste for seasoning then adjust and repeat if needed.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll meatballs and brown them in a heavy bottomed pan with olive oil. Transfer to cooling rack on top of baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.
I know it seems like a lot of meat, but meatballs freeze really well and take some work. If I’m going to do that hard work, might as well make double so you get a couple of meals or appetizers out of it 🙂 If you try to halve the recipe, let me know how it comes out.
Last couple of days before the holidays hit us. Email me or comment with any questions!