Bifteki Meatballs with Dill Tzatziki

This miniature version of a traditional Greek hamburger patty will please everyone in the family. Serve with pita bread and a salad for a complete meal.

Recipe and photograph by Lauren McElwain

1 pound ground beef
1 container feta cheese
1 egg
½ cup plain bread crumbs
1 clove minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
½ teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oven to 400°F. Line a sided roasting pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. Mix all ingredients with hands in a large mixing bowl. Form meatballs (about golf ball size) out of the mixture, and place onto the lined pan. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, and serve hot with dill tzatziki (recipe below) on the side.

Dill Tzatziki

Half a cucumber, peeled
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 cup plain Greek yogurt

In a food processor, blend the cucumber, garlic and dill until just ground up. Blot mixture with a paper towel to soak up excess moisture. In a decorative bowl, combine the yogurt with the cucumber mixture, and serve.

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