Only a few short days wait between us and this year's International Greek Food Festival, and we can already taste the goodness. The 35th annual event will take place May 17-19 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and will benefit seven local nonprofits.

To tide you over, the church has shared a recipe for keftedes (Greek meatballs) from its official cookbook, "The Food of Our People." (Pro tip: Pick up a copy at the festival's Old World Market and get your baklava fix all year long.) And keep an eye out for the church’s famous keftedes as part of the brand-new OPAtizer plate at the fest.



Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s Keftedes

Yield: 40-50 meatballs


  • 1 large onion

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 6 sprigs fresh mint

  • 1 lb. ground chuck

  • 2 slices white sandwich bread, soaked in 1/3 cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 tsp. oregano

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

  • flour for rolling

  • vegetable oil for frying


In food processor, finely chop onion, garlic and fresh mint.

In mixing bowl, combine ground chuck with onion mixture and blend.

Mash bread and milk together by hand and blend into meat mixture.

Add egg, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well.

Drop completed mixture by tablespoonful on heavily floured surface and roll into ball shapes.

Pour enough oil in large frying pan to cover bottom, at least 1/2 inch deep.

Heat oil to 360 degrees, add floured meatballs and fry for approximately 15 minutes, turning frequently to brown on all sides.

Place on paper towels to serve hot or cold.


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