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Greek Meatballs

November 3rd,2015


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The husbear and I have been staying with his parents since about mid-August. We packed up and sold the very first home I ever bought (albeit with my dad), bid farewell to home ownership and living on our own, and settled into the guest bedroom at his parents. We’re supposed to be moving into my grandmother’s house, but there have been a couple setbacks there. She had a cat, to which my husband is deathly allergic, but we found her a good home with some friendly acquaintances of ours. She also currently has no functioning shower and, as much as I love them, I do not have time to take a bath every morning before class. I already have a hard enough time dragging myself out of bed to shower; there is no way I will wake up even five minutes sooner to take a bath. I am the furthest thing from a morning person that a human can possibly be; I will forego anything to get an extra three minutes of sleep.

I hate feeling like a freeloader, so I have been trying to make dinner for the husbear’s family as often as possible. His dad and his sister like to cook but they don’t often have time, and his mother has never enjoyed cooking. I have made them a whole bunch of stuff, including my beloved burritos (no joke, I practically live off of that stuff), my grandmother’s signature chicken, taco soup (I call it soup but apparently it might be chili), and poutine-stuffed meatloaf (trust me, it is amazing and so easy; I will post a recipe for that next time I make it). His parents seem to be pretty happy, to the point that they brag to coworkers about the meal they are going to have waiting for them at home. It makes me blush.

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Yesterday, I stopped at No Frills (a Canadian discount grocery store for those of you who aren’t from around here) for some ground beef/pork mix. It was in the flyer, advertised at $2.97/lb (that’s $2.28/lb for you Americans). When I got to the store, though, I found they were an extra 30% off on top of the sale price. The catch? They were only good for another couple of days. So, naturally, I bought about 8lbs of it because, holy crap, meat for $2/lb! With seven people to feed (most of whom are big guys), I can get through that 8lbs in two days, no problem. Besides, the husbear’s birthday is tomorrow, and I need to make him a meatloaf cake again.

My mother-in-law had bought a bunch of tzatziki from Costco the other day, as well as a lemony quinoa salad, so I figured something Greeky would be well received. My in-laws do not have quite as many herbs and spices as I do (and mine are all packed away), so I grabbed a bottle of my go-to lazy day Club House Greek seasoning mix, threw a generous amount onto the ground beef, as well as some onion and feta, and mixed it into meatballs. Wrapped up in a tortilla (I would have used pitas but I always have a bad experience with store-bought pitas; they crack and rip apart on me and it is just not worth the hassle) with the quinoa salad, tzatziki, spinach, and some roasted red pepper, these meatballs make a very tasty and easy meal. If you are not a fan of using pre-made seasoning mixes (which I completely understand), I found a couple Greek seasoning recipes for you here and here. I would just add some lemon zest and some chopped up sun-dried tomatoes to the meatball mixture if you use either of those recipes.

I hope you like this recipe as much as we all did!

Greek Meatballs

Greek Meatballs
Serves 5
Tasty meatballs with feta and onions, made easy with store-bought Greek seasoning.
Ingredients
  1. 2lbs ground meat (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, etc)
  2. 1 medium onion
  3. 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  4. 3 tbsp Club House Greek seasoning (or your favourite recipe)
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 3/4 cups bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients well.
  3. Shape into meatballs, about the same size as golf balls, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through
Notes
  1. All measurements are approximate as I never measure when cooking; feel free to use more or less of anything you like. Tastes vary and cooking doesn't have to be exact!
  2. I saw many recipes for baked meatballs calling for an oven temperature of 425F and bake time of 15-20 minutes. Feel free to try that if you prefer.
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