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GREEK MEATBALLS WITH TZATZIKI CUCUMBER YOGURT SAUCE

 

BRING THE FLAVOR OF THE MEDITERRANEAN TO YOUR PARTY WITH THESE FLAVORFUL AND TENDER MEATBALLS!

INGREDIENTS

    Tzaziki Cucumber Yogurt

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped seedless cucumber
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tbsp (7 mL) fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp (.5 mL) each salt and sugar
    Meatballs

  • 1 lb (450 g) 85% lean ground lamb, lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 small finely chopped red onion (1/4 cup/50 mL)
  • 1  tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) curry powder
  • 1/8 tsp (.5 mL) each cayenne pepper, chili powder and ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1   egg, beaten

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (400-450°F/200-230°C).
  2. Combine all the cucumber yogurt ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
  3. For the meatballs, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix gently until thoroughly combined.  Using the Large Scoop, shape the meat mixture into 12 meatballs.
  4. Grill, covered, 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through cooking or until internal temperature reaches 160°F/71°C (for well-done). Remove from the grill.
  5. Serve the meatballs with Cucumber Yogurt. Serve in split pita pockets, naan bread, or lettuce wraps.

Yield:

  • 12 meatballs
    6  servings of 2 meatballs  about 2 1/2 tbsp ( 37 mL) sauce

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 250, Total Fat 16 g, Saturated Fat 7 g, Cholesterol 105 mg, Sodium 340 mg, Carbohydrate 4 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein  22 g

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