2 hrs 25 mins
Chef Kate's Note:
Another recipe adapted from "The Glorious Foods of Greece," I changed it a bit to reduce the fat content (so to allow for all the butter). Prep time includes an hour for the meatball mixture to rest in the fridge.
My Private Note
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For the Meatballs
- 1 lb ground veal
- 1 lb lean ground lamb
- 1 large onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons rice, raw
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs
For the Leeks
- 1Make the Meatballs:.
- 2Combine all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl and knead well.
- 3Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
- 4When ready to cook them, shape into golf ball sized portions (around 30).
- 5Place a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.
- 6Add the meatballs and brown them on all sides; do this in batches (do not over-cook, they will cook further with the leeks).
- 7Remove meat to a plate and pour off all the accumulated fat in the skillet.
- 8Reduce heat to low, add 4 tablespoons of butter and scrape up any bits of fond.
- 9Add the leeks and celery and slowly saute, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes.
- 10Season with salt, pepper and paprika.
- 11Add the meatballs and stir everything together.
- 12Add just enough water to come about two thirds of the way up the meatballs.
- 13Cover and simmer over very low heat for about an hour, checking occasionally to make sure there is sufficient liquid to prevent scorching.
- 14If you like (it does add amazing richness to the dish), swirl two tablespoons of butter in the pan, tipping it to distribute the butter throughout the meat and leeks.
- 15Remove from heat, rest briefly, and serve.
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Nutritional Facts for Meatballs Simmered With Leeks (Keftedes Prassoselino)
Serving Size: 1 (208 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 475.3
- Calories from Fat 293
- Total Fat 32.6 g
- Saturated Fat 15.2 g
- Cholesterol 208.2 mg
- Sodium 213.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 13.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
- Sugars 3.4 g
- Protein 30.9 g