Elliniki Keftethes (Greek Croquettes)
|~ In the simplest form, keftethes (Croquettes) consist of balls of minced or ground meat usually beef or lamb, mixed with spices and/or onions.
~ The vegetarian variety like Tomato, Potato, Zucchini, etc and seafood like Octopus are very popular in Greece.
~ The meat is often mixed with other ingredients such as rice, Bulgur, vegetables, breadcrumbs or eggs to form a smooth paste.
~ Keftethes are sometimes made with fish or vegetables rather than red meat.
~ They can be grilled, fried, steamed, poached, baked or marinated, and may be served with a rich spicy sauce.
~ Variations of ingredients can be found from the southern part of Greece to the northern regions.
~ The northern regions of Greece can sometimes be influenced by their neighboring Balkan countries.
~ Keftethes can be an accompaniment to a main meal, can be a meal by it self accompanied by French fries or salad, or just yet a nice appetizer, good company and a glass of wine.
~ Ellinika Biftekia (Greek Hamburgers)
~ Garithokeftethes (Shrimp Croquettes)
~ Keftethakia (Greek Meatballs)
~ Keftethes me Fakes (Lentil Croquettes)
~ Kolokithokeftedes (Zucchini Croquettes)
~ Melitzanokeftethes (Eggplant Croquettes)
~ Patatokeftethes (Potato Croquettes)
~ Soutzoukakia (Smyrna Meatballs over Rice)
~ Tomatokeftethes Kiklathon (Tomato Croquettes from Cyclades Islands)
~ Xtapothokeftethes (Octopus Croquettes)
~ Xtapothokeftethes Parou (Octopus Croquettes from Paros)