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Kolokithokeftedes (κολοκυθoκεφτέδες)
Greek meatballs zucchini

Kolokithokeftedes (κολοκυθoκεφτέδες), the Greek zucchini meatballs

These beautiful meatballs, in Greece, are one of the typical mezedes (snacks) that can appear on the table.
They are excellent at all hours, either as a snack, precisely, or as an appetizer.

And it will not easily happen to find them the same twice in a row!

Read the rest of the recipe ...

Every tavern and every family has its variant, both of the ingredients in the form:
I happened to find them made of small balls as well as large and flat crushed.

But always good.

Among the many versions I tried, I think that what I present is one of the simplest and secure success.
Wanting to try it, here's how to proceed!

ingredients:

zucchini

g

700

feta cheese

g

150

pecorino cheese

g

50

potato

pz

1

eggs

pz

2

bread crumbs

QB

mint

leaves

5

pepper

QB

flour for the dough

CT

1

flour for panare

QB

Fry oil

QB

Preparation:

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Clean and then cut the courgettes into matches, add salt, put them in a colander with a weight on them and let them lose the water for at least an hour.
(if necessary, pass the first half hour, mix it briefly with your hands to redistribute the salt and facilitate the loss of water).

Boil a potato, peel and mix it crushed with crumbled feta cheese, grated pecorino cheese, eggs ...

... Mint, flour and pepper.

Squeeze the courgettes well and add them to the mixture. Mix well adding enough bread crumbs to give consistency to the dough.
Let stand in refrigerator for at least an hour.

After this time, form the meatballs with this mixture, flour them and lightly crush them in your hands.

Heat the oil in the fryer and cook the meatballs.
Drain them in the basket and then on a sheet of paper.

They can be served immediately or, if prepared in advance, after being passed for a few minutes in a preheated oven at 250 °.

Excellent accompanied by a bowl of tzatziki.

Bon appetit!

ADVICES AND NOTES:

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  • In this recipe, intentionally, salt is not indicated: in fact, in addition to the salt used previously for courgettes, the cheeses to be used are in themselves very salty and the breadcrumbs already contain salt.
    You possibly can further salt meatballs firing occurred.
  • The quality of the zucchini and their moisture content is very variable:
    it may be necessary to let them drain for a couple of hours.
  • This recipe is also excellent with aubergines instead of zucchini.
  • If you prepare small, they are also excellent as finger food for a lunch or dinner standing and, why not, for a party of children.