Greek-Style Meatballs... get your kids to eat their vegetables

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Real Estate Agent with Johnson Real Estate, Inc. RES.0761759

I have no idea where this recipe came from, but I'm had it for over 20 years.  I first made it for a party I went to, and EVERYONE raved about it. They are healthy and have terrific flavor.  My kids like them too, and always eat every meatball, little do they know that zucchini is in it.  Hope  you enjoy it too.

2 Tbs minced fresh parsley

1 1/2 Tbs minced fresh mint

1 1/2 Tbs minced fresh dill

3/4 Pounds ground turkey

1/4  Pounds ground veal ( I use 1 pound ground turkey only)

1 Cup fresh fine white bread crumbs (you don't have to use fresh)

1 Small zucchini, grated (1 Cup)

1 Small onion, minced (1/2)

1 egg, lightly beaten (or equivalent egg substitute)

1 Tsp white vinegar

1 Clove garlic, minced

1/8 Tsp gound cinnamon

Pinch ground allspice

1/2 Tsp salt

1/4 Tsp ground pepper

2 Tbs vegetable oil

In a small bowl, combine parsley, mint and ill.  In a medium mixing bow, combine turkey, veal, bread crumbs, zucchini, inion, egg, vinegar, garlic, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper.  Add half of the parsley mixture.  Mix well.  Form misture into about 50 (1-inch) balls.  Refrigerate covered for at least 2 hours.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil.  Add meatballs in batches; cook over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, sitrring oftern, until evenly cooked.  Remove meatballs with slotted spoon and place in serving dish (I place on paper towels for a few minutes to get rid of extra vegetable oil).  You are supposed to sprinkle the remaining parsley mixture over cooked meatballs.  (I never have) I just cut in half the ingredients for the parsley mixture and add all of it to the meatball mixture. 

I've also made a Swedish meatball gravy and have added these meatballs instead.  This is a big hit with the adults.  Everyone wants to know what the "secret" ingredient is... now you know.

 

 

 

 

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Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR
(Accredited Buyers Representative)

Is a Full Time Realtor® with with Johnson Real Estate, in Cromwell, CT who specializes in Homes and Condos For Sale in the Middlesex and Hartford Counties in CT.

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Pam Joffe
Solaris Realty - Tampa, FL

Good afternoon Valerie - Thanks for the recipe, I will try adding adding zucchini to my meatballs, I bet it would be good.

Jun 05, 2008 10:56 AM #1
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
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Pam,  FYI - If you add the pinch of allspice and cinnamon it makes a world of difference too. 

Jun 05, 2008 10:59 AM #2
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Valerie, it does sound good, but it is not nice to trick those of us who don't really care for vegetables into eating them ...... LOL

Jun 05, 2008 01:06 PM #3
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Cindy Bryant
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I love Greek food, and I use alot of ground turkey.  Will have to check this one out.

Jun 05, 2008 04:33 PM #4
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Dmitry P
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Hi Valerie,

I didn't quite figure out how to reply directly.  I would like to thank you for reading and commenting on My Blog.

I am not a big vegetables eater but I would like to see my son eating it.

Jun 05, 2008 05:07 PM #5
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Solaris... You would NEVER know that zucchini is in these meatballs.  It makes them very moist.

Jun 05, 2008 11:12 PM #6
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
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George  and Dmitry..  I'm not trying to push any vegetables down any adult.. we had enough of that when we were children.  If the zucchini is shredded well, you would never know it is in there.  You don't really taste it.  It looks like a seasoning when you bite into it, and adds moisture.  I've even seen where some substitute carrots.  Then again this is a vegetable so you might want to omit it.

Jun 05, 2008 11:15 PM #7
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Patrice Estess
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Thanx for the recipe, sounds good and healthy, a win win!  I will try it real soon...

Jun 06, 2008 01:05 AM #8
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
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Patrice.. I hope you like them.  Let me know what you think... if you have a chance.

Jun 06, 2008 01:34 AM #9
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Patty Ledford
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Valerie this sounds great and like you, I think I'll use ground turkey. Thanks for sharing this!

Jun 06, 2008 04:13 AM #10
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Noelle

For the kids who just refuse to eat veggies because of appearance, taste and texture, you might want to try frozen veggie enriched kid favorites from Full Tank Foods.  They need the nutrients, so if all else fails, this is a good alternative.  www.fulltankfoods.com

Jun 06, 2008 06:29 AM #11
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