Spicy Greek Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Tzatziki

This recipe is perfect for entertaining. It’s delicious, and serves a crowd. Try it for the pool parties and bbqs that are coming as our weather soon warms.

Spicy Greek Meatballs

(makes approximately 60 meatballs)

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. Foxhollow Farm ground beef
  • 2 lbs. Foxhollow Farm ground lamb
  • 2 ½ cups Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated asiago cheese (any hard Italian cheese will do)
  • 5 eggs (like those from Roots Underwood)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil (plus 2 tbsp for pan)
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Foxhollow Farm cayenne pepper

To make: Grab a large bowl and combine all ingredients—your clean hands are the best tool for this! Shape the mixture into tablespoon-sized meatballs. Set aside. Heat the additional 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large sautee pan over medium-high heat. In batches, brown the meatballs on all sides and ensure they are cooked through the center (usually 10-12 minutes). During the wait time, you can prepare your sauces! Remove the meatballs from the pan and onto a plate until ready to serve, or into the crockpot to keep them warm while serving!

Spicy Classic Tomato Sauce

(makes enough to accompany meatballs)

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp Foxhollow Farm cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • [Optional: ½ cup dry white wine]

To make: Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sautee until tender. Add the garlic and sautee until fragrant. [Optional: deglaze the pan with wine] Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer the sauce for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. When ready, serve over meatballs or add to the crockpot to keep warm!

Cool Tzatziki Sauce

(makes 3 cups, enough to serve with meatballs)

Ingredients:

  • 1 English or baby cucumber, peeled
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (we recommend full fat!)
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

To make: Finely dice the peeled cucumber and squeeze in a dish cloth or paper towel to remove most of its juices. This will prevent your sauce from becoming watery as it sits. Combine all ingredients and add more salt to taste if needed. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (overnight is best) before drizzling over Spicy Greek Meatballs prepared with tomato sauce.


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