Keto gyro meatballs with Greek sauce

Keto gyro meatballs with Greek sauce

These keto gyro lamb meatballs bear all the eminent flavors of the Mediterranean. Feta cheese and black olives are leading this juicy team of ingredients that come together to bring you the traditional texture of gyro meat.

Keto gyro meatballs with Greek sauce

These keto gyro lamb meatballs bear all the eminent flavors of the Mediterranean. Feta cheese and black olives are leading this juicy team of ingredients that come together to bring you the traditional texture of gyro meat.
USMetric
8 servingservings

Ingredients

Greek sauce
  • ¼ cup 60 ml olive oil
  • ¼ cup 60 ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
Gyro meatballs
  • 1½ lbs 650 g ground lamb or ground beef
  • ¾ cup 175 ml mushrooms, finely chopped
  • ½ cup 125 ml red onion, dicedred onions, diced
  • ¼ cup 60 ml black olives, diced
  • 8 oz. 225 g feta cheese cut into ¼ inch dices
  • ¼ cup 60 ml tomato sauce
  • 1 1 large egglarge eggs
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp Greek seasoning
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1 garlic clove, smashed to a pastegarlic cloves, smashed to a paste

Instructions

Instructions are for 8 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. To make the Greek sauce, place all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Mix to combine well. Set aside. It can be made up to four days ahead.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Place the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix together until well combined.
  4. Form into 1½-inch (4 cm) round balls and place on a rimmed baking sheet about ¼ inch (7 mm) apart. Bake for 15 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked to your liking. Serve with the sauce.

Maria's notes

Instead of using breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs, I use an egg for the binder along with finely chopped mushrooms (you won’t even taste them, but mushrooms make the meatballs very moist!). Mushrooms have something called “umami.” Umami is a pleasant savory taste produced by glutamate and ribonucleotides, chemicals that occur naturally in many foods. Umami is subtle and not generally identified by people when they encounter it but blends well with other tastes to intensify and enhance flavors; it plays an important role in making food taste delicious.

Store and reheat

Store any extras in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat, place meatballs in a baking dish in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 5 minutes or until warmed through.

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7 comments

  1. Jo
    Where do I find Greek seasoning? Is this something I can make myself, and if so - is there a link to the recepie?
    Reply: #2
  2. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Where do I find Greek seasoning? Is this something I can make myself, and if so - is there a link to the recepie?

    You should be able to find it at the grocery store, with the other spices, like Italian seasoning. If not, you can definitely find recipes available online with an internet search. It shouldn't have sugar in it anyway.

  3. Donna
    To Jo, my store used to sell Greek seasonings but not any more. From the label it says: onion, spices (including spearmint and oregano), garlic, and sea salt. I've been making my own blend adding dried parsley and lemon rind to the list. I also add lemon juice and parsley to the meat mixture, can't get enough of those flavors.
  4. Kleenex
    You can buy Greek seasonings at Penzeys Spices if you're in the U.S.
  5. Dale
    I found a recipe for Greek seasoning: Stir together 3 Tablespoons oregano, 2 Tablespoons basil, 1 Tablespoon dill, 2 Tablespoons onion powder, 2 Tablespoons garlic powder, ½ Tablespoon salt, and 1 Tablespoon black pepper. Store in an airtight container for up to one year. Use 1½ Tablespoons (has 3 g net carbs) per 500 g of meat along with olive oil and a squeeze of lime. Recipe makes ½ cup.
  6. Linda
    new to keto, or trying it out a little see what things I like, I have a question about 1 of your ingredients says 60ml of tomatoe sauce, surely this is not the bottle kind or is it pasata or tomatio puree?
    thanks
    Reply: #7
  7. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    new to keto, or trying it out a little see what things I like, I have a question about 1 of your ingredients says 60ml of tomatoe sauce, surely this is not the bottle kind or is it pasata or tomatio puree?
    thanks

    Tomato sauce is just tomatoes, no other ingredients, but is thinner than tomato paste and smoother than tomato puree. It is generally in the canned goods section near the other tomato products.

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