Greek Herbal Meatballs – Keftedakia

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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These Greek Herbal Meatballs can be used as your companion for your favorite spaghetti, a delicious meatball sandwich and always as a great appetizer. For your party, if you have only meatballs and beer and wine served to your guests, they will love you. I use simple ingredients so that you can make these at the last moment. Feel free to substitute any salty cheese, wine for chicken broth or milk, or breadcrumbs from day-old bread. They can be frozen ahead of time and re-warmed or served cold, which is how I like them.  To avoid any frying, I bake these meatballs on a high temperature in the oven to give them a beautifully browned appearance, while saving calories. Here is the dipping sauce recipe for the meatballs: Greek Yogurt Sauce. 

Greek Herbal Meatballs – Keftedakia

Can't pass these up at any party, bake these and freeze to save money and be prepared for any occasion.
Course Appetizers, Main Dish
Cuisine Greek
Keyword Greek, Herbal, kefthedakia, meatballs
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 1 pound lamb or ground beef
  • 1/2 cup grated onion, or finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup Greek Mizithra or Parmesan cheese
  • When I use cheese, I do not salt the meatballs. Use salt if omitting cheese


  1. Place bread crumbs in a small bowl and add wine.(chicken broth or milk)
  2. Mix meat, onions, garlic, pepper, spices, cheese, and egg in a large bowl.
  3. Add breadcrumbs. Knead until well blended.

  4. Note: Roll and freeze at this point.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Place foil in a baking sheet with or without a rack. Spray the pan and rack with cooking spray.
  7. Roll the meatballs into 1 -inch balls, and space them 1/2 inch apart for even baking.
  8. Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes. Let Cool.

  9. Serve these meatballs on a platter, or place two skewered meatballs in a plastic cup or Chinese take-out box, add Greek Tzatziki sauce.
  10. Yields 2-3 dozen meatballs.

See other Greek appetizers:

Marinated Greek Lemon Chicken Ka-Bobs

Roasted Pepper Appetizer with Balsamic Vinegar

Savory Leek and Feta Phyllo Pie

Party On!


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bekki Iordanou

Hey Mary,

I love your site! I am making the “keftethes” tonight and your recipe put a twist on mine. I am sure they will be great! Combining your recipes with mine (mom’s and yia-yia’s), is fun and I am enjoying some new tastes! Keep up the GREAT work. I love it!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Thank-you for trying my recipe! I do bake them so they have less fat, but also an easier method!

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