Middle Eastern “Meatballs” With Pita

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There is just something about eating the foods of the Mediterranean in the summer….all the gorgeous spices wafting through the air! I like to serve these “meatballs” with a Greek salad, but you can chop up tomatoes, cucumbers & onion and put them on top of the “meatballs” then drizzle with the yogurt. Either way will be delicious!

DSC_3236 nx2Makes 4 Servings

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, minced
¼ cup dry breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano or 1 Tbsp. dried
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp each ground cinnamon & ground cumin
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. lean ground beef

To Serve:

4 pita breads

Yogurt Sauce:

Stir together 1 cup plain Greek or Mediterranean yogurt, minced onion, 1 small clove garlic, 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro, mint or dill. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.

Preheat your gas barbecue or start the coals.

In large bowl mix together the 3 minced garlic cloves, the minced small onion, breadcrumbs, water, oregano, Dijon, spices, salt & pepper; mix in the ground beef. Divide the mixture into 8 portions; shape each around 8” metal skewers, or well soaked (30 min.) wooden skewers; pressing to form 4” sausage-shaped ovals.

Place on oiled grill over medium-high heat; close lid & grill, turning twice, until firm & no longer pink inside, about 7 minutes.

**If you would like to make the salad, please go to Phyllis’ Greek Salad.

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