Mediterranean Meatballs with Tzatziki

If you couldn’t tell by the recipes I share I love making meatball dishes – all types. I think they are more fun to eat than a burger patty or in a ground skillet. They are the perfect size and are easy to cook evenly. These meatballs were inspired by mediterranean flavors featuring olives, feta, artichokes and more. I also have been determined to make a delicious tzatziki dip. I usually just buy it, but it’s never what I really want – usually it’s too watery, too thick, not enough flavor, too tart..you name it, something is always a bit off. I think I nailed this tzatziki recipe – it’s creamy, a bit tangy, and thick but not overly so. These meatballs and tzatziki would also be great on pita or over rice or on a salad – the options are endless.

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 Lb Ground Turkey
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Basil
  • 2 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Roasted Red Peppers, Pureed
  • 1/3 Cup Artichokes, Pureed
  • 1/4 Cup Kalamata Olives, Finely Diced
  • 1 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper

For the Tzatziki:

  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt, Plain
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbsp Dill
  • 3 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Cucumber, Seeds Removed and Finely Diced
  • Salt + Pepper, To Taste
  • Makes: 20-24 Meatballs
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes

To Make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Divide the ground turkey in to ~1oz portions and roll them in to balls.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add in a drizzle of olive oil (or you can spray with pam). Once hot, add the meatballs – leave some space in between them so you do not overcrowd the pan so they can brown properly. *I cooked mine in 2-3 batches*
  4. Cook the meatballs for 5-6 minutes, flip and continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes until they are cooked through.
  5. While the meatballs cook, let’s make the tzatziki. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together well – set aside until the meatballs are finished.
  6. Once the meatballs are finished and the tzatziki are ready, divide the meatballs between plated and dunk in the sauce! *add them on top of rice, salad, or pita!*

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