What’s for Dinner: Mum’s Cypriot Meatballs

I called my mum the other day because I missed the meatballs she used to make when we were kids. I was hounding her for the recipe because I’ve never been able to make them the way she does. I got the ingredients right and they taste great, but they’re never as good as my mum’s. Here is the basic way to make them. Feel free to add your own spices and herbs to personalize them to your taste.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, in Cypriot they’re called keftethes.


1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, finely grated
1 med. potato, finely grated
1 cup of chopped fresh parsley
1 cup of breadcrumbs
2 eggs, lightly beated
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Lots of salt
Pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Vegetable oil, for frying


First, you need to prepare all of the ingredients – grate the onion and potato and chop the parsley. When you grate the potatoes, put them in a sieve and, using your hands push the water out. Add all of the ingredients into one large mixing bowl.

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With your hands, mix everything until thoroughly combined.

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Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and make small round balls with your hands.

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Shallow fry the meatballs in hot oil until they’re golden brown. Top with salt, if needed and the lemon juice.

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Serve with salad and Greek yogurt. Kids love it with ketchup. You can also serve with tzatziki, houmous or barbecue sauce.


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