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Meatballs and Potatoes: a traditional and delicious Greek dish

Total time: 120 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
Ground beef
500gr / 17. oz / 1lb
100gr/3.5oz (2 slices), preferably stale
1 large
yellow or Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon
ground fenugreek
1.5-2 teaspoons
Olive oil
1 tablespoon
salt and pepper
potatoes peeled
1kg / 2.2lb medium sized
ground turmeric
2 teaspoons
ground coriander
2 teaspoons
Ground cumin
2 teaspoons
Ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon
Olive oil
375ml (3/4 cup)

This recipe is based on a traditional Greek dish, and spiced ground beef meatballs are oven-baked on a layer of potatoes.

These meatballs are simple to make and flavored with fenugreek, which gives them a unique taste.

The potatoes are spiced with coriander, cumin, and turmeric, and roasted so they come out tender inside with a gorgeous, crispy crust on the outside.

This is the ultimate in one-pot comfort food, easy to make and sure to become a family favorite!


Cut the potatoes into chunky wedges.

Put the potatoes in a deep baking pan and add the olive oil and the turmeric, coriander, cumin, pepper, and salt.

Mix well with your hands to coat the potatoes with the oil and spice mixture.

Remove the crust from the bread slices and cut into chunks (stale bread is better than fresh for these meatballs). Add the bread chunks into a food processor and pulse to create breadcrumbs.

Next, preheat the oven to 400F/180C fan/gas mark 6.

Put the breadcrumbs, ground beef, egg, olive oil, mustard, and the fenugreek in a large bowl.

Season with salt and pepper, then knead, using your hands for 2-3 minutes so everything is combined.

Shape large meatballs with your palms. It doesn’t matter if they’re perfect balls – they will still taste great!

Arrange the meatballs on top of the coated potatoes and cover the pan with foil – make sure the pan is completely covered in foil.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or so, depending on how golden you like your potatoes.

Serve with a Greek salad and tzatziki


*You can also use ground turkey or ground lamb instead of beef in this recipe.

*If you can't find fenugreek, then try fennel or a different taste

*If you don't have any turmeric, substitute 1 tbsp of mustard instead

If you want to serve a larger crowd, just double the ingredients.

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