May 28, 2009

EAT YOUR SPINACH!

Greek “Meatball” Pitas
Trying to find clever ways to get your kids to eat their veggies? These Spanakopita inspired turkey meatballs are devoured by kids and grown-ups alike. The meatballs are also great as a warm or cold appetizer ~ just add toothpicks and a bowl of our greek yogurt dip (TZATZIKI).
They pack well in lunchboxes too!
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 10oz. box frozen spinach, defrosted and well drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 pound feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • 1 package ground turkey breast (approx. 1 – 1 1/3 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package pita or flat bread

Tzatziki

  • 1/3 cup seedless cucumber peeled, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings

  • Chopped lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Kalamata olives
  • Thinly sliced red onion

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a little extra-virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. When butter melts, add the chopped garlic and chopped red onion and cook 5 minutes. Transfer the onions and garlic to a bowl to cool.

Add the spinach to the onion mixture and season with 1 teaspoon of oregano. Add in feta, turkey, salt and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Mix to combine, then form in to bite sized meatballs. Return to skillet and cook on medium-high for 8-10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until meatballs are lightly browned and cooked through.

For tzatziki, Place cucumber, garlic, yogurt, oregano and lemon juice in a food processor. Add a little salt and process the sauce until smooth.

To serve, take a warm pita, add a few meatballs, your choice of toppings, and a dollop of the tzatziki. Fold pita taco-style and enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. Yum! Thank you for sharing this yummy dinner recipe with me! I love anything Greek, this looks simple and delicious! Love Tzatziki! Reminds me of my summer in Corfu! Nettie

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