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DharMag April 2018 Kolokithokeftedes: the original Greek recipe for making delicious cheeseballs

Kolokithokeftedes original recipe, Greek cheese balls with Feta, mint courgettes One of the typical dishes of Greek cuisine are Kolokithokeftedes, simple cheese-balls made with Feta cheese, courgettes, mint, dill, and parsley.

I say simple cheese-balls because the recipe is easy to make, but they are the classic dish that, once discovered, becomes the ultimate comfort food.

Feta, Greek cheese, Greek recipes with Feta, Kolokithokeftedes These delicious cheese balls are perfect as an aperitif or appetizer to munch on with a nice bowl of tzatziki, but they do not disfigure even as a second course in a vegetarian dinner.

Zucchini, recipes with zucchini, Greek meatballs with Feta zucchini and mint Despite being a serial carnivore, I don’t hide from you that the delicacy of these cheeseballs has bewitched me! Here is the recipe for making the real Greek Kolokithokeftedes.

Ingredients for making the original Greek Kolokithokeftedes

  • 500 grams of grated and well-squeezed courgettes
  • 60 grams of Feta cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 bunch of herbs consisting of dill, parsley, and mint
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • flour
  • bread crumbs
  • sunflower oil

How to prepare the real Greek Kolokithokeftedes

Chop the spring onions and the aromatic herbs.

Grated courgettes, ingredients for Kolokithokeftedes courgette meatballs Grate and squeeze the courgettes well and put them in a bowl with the Feta, spring onions, mint, parsley and dill, eggs and mix with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the breadcrumbs and flour slowly, taking care not to make the mixture too dry.

Prepare the cheeseballs, flour them and fry them in boiling oil at 170 degrees centigrade.

Drain on paper towels and serve the hot Kolokithokeftedes immediately, accompanied by a bowl of tzatziki or even with a simple Greek salad.

Cooking Tips

To prepare even tastier Kolokithokeftedes, add a splash of ouzo, the typical Greek anise liqueur, to the meatball mixture. If you want a gourmet version of the dish instead of Feta put pit cheese.

Which wine goes well with the Greek Kolokithokeftedes?

We choose a fresh, fragrant and sparkling wine: the Ortrugo from the Badenchini winery goes perfectly with mint and at the same time cleans the mouth with every sip.

If you want to pair a cocktail, Negroni Sbagliato is the right drink!

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