Cucumber Feta Rolls + Greek Meatballs + Tzatziki + Greek Panzanella Salad

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Great meal altogether I made these refreshing cucumber feta rolls as a nice snack before dinner. For dinner I served Greek meatballs with both lamb and beef with a tzatziki sauce on top. On the side is a panzanella salad.

 

Cucumber Feta Rolls

20 Servings

20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cucumbers
6 ounces crumbled feta
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 1/2 – 3 1/2 tablespoons finely diced sundried tomatoes
8 – 12 pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon roughly chopped dill
2 teaspoons lemon juice
pinch of pepper, or to taste

Toothpicks

 

Directions:

Add the feta and yogurt to a medium bowl. Mash to combine using a fork. Add the sun dried tomatoes, olives, dill, lemon, and pepper to the bowl. Stir well to combine. In a bowl, mash the feta using a fork. Thinly slice the cucumbers longways on a vegetable peeler. Place 1 – 2 teaspoons of mixture at one end of a cucumber strip and roll up. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining strips. If not serving immediately, chill until ready to serve.

 

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Greek Meatballs

45 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. olive oil

½ lb. ground lamb

½ lb. ground beef

½ onion, chopped

1 egg

½ cup bread crumbs

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. mint

1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. lemon zest

1 lemon juiced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat pan over medium heat with olive oil. Add onions and cook till just translucent about 5 minutes, take off heat and add minced garlic. Mix lamb, beef, eggs, onions, garlic, oregano, mint, red pepper flakes, lemon zest and juice. Roll into balls on a baking sheet. Put in oven for 25 minutes.

 

Tzatziki

Ingredients:

1 cup Greek yogurt

1 lemon, juiced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cucumber, sliced

1 Tbs. fresh dill, chopped

Directions:

Mix everything together and let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

 

Greek Panzanella Salad

Serves 5

40 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. olive oil

4 cups French bread cubes (1 inch)

Kosher salt

1 cucumber, peeled, halved and sliced 1/4-inch thick

1 yellow bell pepper, large diced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

½ red onion, sliced thin

4-6 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Pitted kalamatas, halved

1¼ tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. Dijon mustard

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

To prepare the salad, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add the bread cubes and sprinkle with salt; cook over medium heat, tossing frequently, for 5-10 minutes, until nicely browned. Remove from the heat. Combine the cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onion in a large bowl. To make the vinaigrette, combine oregano, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in the olive oil to create an emulsion. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add the feta, olives, and bread cubes. Mix together lightly.

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One response to “Cucumber Feta Rolls + Greek Meatballs + Tzatziki + Greek Panzanella Salad

  1. This looks delicious and I appreciate your use of authentic Greek spices and ingredients- so many people add sour cream to tzatziki and it’s not the same.

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