Monday, July 25, 2011

Mediterranean Meatballs with Tzatziki

Meatballs with TzatzikiI made this dish the first time on a whim, looking for something a little different and lower in carbs than a typical tomato-based sauce. Tzatziki is what the Greeks call their cucumber and yogurt sauce, variations of which are served all around the Mediterranean. We usually eat this for lunch or supper, but it also would make great hors d'oeuvres.

2 lbs ground beef
2 T dry minced onions
2 eggs
½ c grated Romano cheese (1 oz)
2 t dried parsley
  1. Mix together all ingredients and form into 24 balls.
  2. Bake on a metal rack set over a baking pan at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
1 small cucumber (5 oz)
½ t salt, divided
2 cloves garlic
1 c yogurt
⅛ pepper
  1. Peel cucumber and slice thinly.
  2. Sprinkle slices with ¼ t salt.
  3. Set in colander to drain for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Mash garlic with remaining salt to form a paste.
  5. Add garlic paste to yogurt and cucumber slices and puree until smooth.
  6. Refrigerate until chilled through.
Nutrition Facts (Meatballs) Nutrition Facts (Tzatziki)
Serving Size 4 meatballs
Serving per Recipe 6
Serving Size ¼ c
Serving per Recipe 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 516
Total Fat 43.1 g
  Saturated Fat 17.6 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 2.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 18.6 g
Cholesterol 195 mg
Sodium 184 mg
Potassium 403 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.6 g
  Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
  Sugars 0.0 g
Protein 28.9 g
Amount per Serving
Calories 17.5
Total Fat 0.8 g
  Saturated Fat 0.5 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Sodium 128 mg
Potassium 59 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.6 g
  Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
  Sugars 1.3 g
Protein 1.0 g

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