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Tuesday 6 June 2023

Greek-style meatball bake, so flavourful

An all-in-one traybake makes a great family dinner. Packed with flavour, this Greek-style meatball bake freezes well and is perfect for batch cooking.

Serves 4 (or 2 adults and 3 children)
500g/1lb 2oz lamb mince or beef mince, or a mix of both
1 slice bread, whizzed or grated into crumbs
½ tbsp dried mint
1½ tbsp dried oregano
200g/7oz feta
2 large red onions, cut into chunks
3 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp granulated or caster sugar, or natural sweetener such as xylitol or agave syrup
½ tsp ground allspice or cinnamon
salt and freshly ground black pepper
To serve
Cauliflower rice, cooked rice or couscous.
1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Put the mince, breadcrumbs, mint, ½ tablespoon of the oregano and ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper in a mixing bowl. Finely crumble in 75g/2¾oz of the feta, then use your hands to squish the ingredients together until well blended. (This will help the mince become tender, too.) Roll the mixture into 20–25 small meatballs.
2. Put the meatballs and onion chunks into a roasting tin in which they will fit snugly in a single layer. Drizzle over the olive oil, give the tin a good shake, then roast for 10 minutes.
3. Give the tin another shake to release any stuck meatballs, then turn each one over and roast for a further 10 minutes, until the meatballs are browned.
4.Zest the lemon and keep the zest fresh for serving by wrapping it in a piece of damp kitchen paper. Juice the lemon and mix the juice with the tomatoes, sugar or sweetener, the remaining dried oregano and the allspice or cinnamon. Use 200ml/7fl oz water to swill out the tomato tins and stir this in too. Pour the tomato sauce all over the meatballs and onions, turn the oven down to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 and bake for 35 minutes more.
5. Check the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened. Season to taste. To serve, spoon the meatballs over cauliflower rice, cooked rice or couscous, crumble over the remaining feta and sprinkle with the lemon zest.

i) Some readers may want to serve this with little roasted potatoes, popped in the oven alongside the traybake.

ii) If you are a family of two, it’s worth putting half into the freezer. If you are feeding four or five, why not double the quantities and bake in two tins so that the sauce thickens nicely as the meatballs cook: once cool, the tin can be covered and put straight into the freezer. Defrost fully in the fridge overnight, then cover with foil and heat through in a preheated oven at 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4, or warm smaller portions in the microwave or on the hob.

From original idea here

~ a peaceful scene to enjoy ~

You will find a variety of recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


Jenn Jilks said...


happyone said...

Oh my does that look GOOD!!

Tom said...

...looks good!

DeniseinVA said...

I haven't made meatballs in a long time. These look delicious, I am going to give them a go!

roentare said...

Looks yummy

William Kendall said...

I would enjoy that.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks for sharing. Good tip about putting half in the freezer.

Christine said...


Elephant's Child said...

Traybakes are so often marvellous. You are right about batch cooking too.

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por la receta se ve muy rico. Te mando un beso.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Greek food is wonderful. Love the spices

Donna said...

Yum! Great fireside food!

eileeninmd said...

Looks yummy, thanks for sharing.
Take care, enjoy your day!

CJ Kennedy said...


baili said...

such yummy looking dish dear Jan

i like to add bit more gravy :)

thanks for sharing
more blessings to you and loved ones

R's Rue said...


Valerie-Jael said...

Yummy! Valerie

Debbie said...

this sounds and looks so good, something i would love to make!!

Mary Kirkland said...

Oh that sounds good, I love meatballs.

Debbie said...

dining outdoors, my favorite!!

Anonymous said...

That food sure looks good, and that scene sure looks peaceful.

Stefania said...

Interessante questa ricetta deve essere molto buona said...

I fancy giving this one a go.

Teresa said...

Buena receta. La fotografĂ­a me gusta. Besos.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It looks good even to this vegetarian!

Conniecrafter said...

That does sound delicious!