Monday, October 6, 2014

Greek Meatball Pita Pockets

Loved having Jon at home recently even if only for a weekend. The best part is having someone around to critique your recipe finds and then eat them!!

Nothing. I mean nothing goes to waste. Not all meals were homemade. We went out for Greek. And, that got me all focused on Greek flavors, feta, pitas--there's just something so satisfying about putting all those components together. So, stumbling onto Whole Foods Blog site, this popped into my vision: Greek Meatball Pita Pockets with Tzatziki.


Too perfect to pass up for the college cook and college cravings.
Really simple! Had to try it.

I must say I also tried this sandwich with the Spicy Jalapeño Dipping Sauce I just posted, and couldn't have been a better combo and/or alternative to the Tzatziki.

Greek Meatball Pita Pockets with Tzatziki

Equipment:
Large mixing bowl
Medium mixing bowl
Small rimmed baking sheet
Functioning oven
Grater
PAM Spray

Ingredients:
1-1/2 lbs ground sirloin or leaner beef
2 slices of bread
1/2 cup milk

3 Tbls onion, grated
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp of Ground Allspice
1/3 cup of Feta, crumbled
1/4 tsp ground fresh pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Cavender's All Purpose Greek Seasoning

Pocket pitas or whichever type you prefer.


Tzatziki:
3/4 cup Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup Cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated
1 Tbls lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste

Add-Ins:
Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
Red Onion, thinly sliced
Extra Feta, cubed
Oil & Red Wine Vinegar

Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Preheat oven to 425F degrees.
3. Shred your bread and soak in milk while you get the meat mixture together.


4. Combine ground beef, onion, oregano, allspice, Cavender's (optional), salt and pepper.



5. Drain, squeeze the bread, and add to meat mixture.


6. Spray rimmed cookie sheet with PAM.


7. Form 15-17 golf-ball size meatballs.


8. Bake at 425F degrees x 12 - 13 minutes, or until done. Shake the pan around 8 minutes into it.


9. Combine the yoghurt, cucumber, lemon, and salt. Drizzle with a little olive oil.
10. Toast your pitas and layer your meatballs, greens, tomatoes, feta, onion, and tzatziki.



11. Like I said, I tried this with the Spicy Jalapeño Sauce from my previous post--AWESOME!



12. Roll it all up.


I promise you won't look back!