Greek Meatballs Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

A yummy and easy way to entertain or feed your family something different with these Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki. 

This is the second post from my Greek Inspired luncheon I hosted.  In addition to the Quinoa Tabbouleh I served, I made Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki using the SimplyNature Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef and the second time I made these I used ground bison. 

With more people reducing carbs in their diet, Lettuce Wraps are a great alternative to pita sandwiches. These Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps are full of flavor and are topped with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce that can be made a day ahead of time.

Make these for a crowd or for your family, either way you are sure to get compliments to the chef. Be sure read the entire post to enter the Giveaway. 

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

The meatballs started with a few fresh ingredients but most importantly the SimplyNature Organic  Grass-Fed Ground Beef from ALDI. At $5.99 a pound I was impressed. I am doubling this recipe so I can serve half of the meatballs for my lunch and the other half for my family’s dinner.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR GREEK MEATBALLS:

With the great pricing at ALDI, doubling the ingredients does not hurt the pocketbook. Besides that,  I could eat Greek food all day, every day!

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

You might get your hands dirty on this recipe. The key to meatballs is not over mixing as it can cause the meatballs to be tough and no one likes tough meatballs.

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

WHAT SIZE MEATBALLS SHOULD I MAKE

To make uniform meatballs that were also small enough to fit in a lettuce wrap, I used a small ice cream scoop.

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

 

LOW FAT WAY TO COOK MEATBALLS IN OVEN

After seeing this on Pinterest, I baked the meatballs in a small muffin pan so they would not roll around and off a baking dish (you can make them to this point, cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake for your meal).

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

 

The only challenge with this baking method is cleaning each individual muffin compartment.

 

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

Meanwhile, make your Homemade Tzatziki Sauce using Friendly Farms Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt and cucumbers.

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

 

This is an important step in making Homemade Tzatziki, be sure to ring out most of the water from your shredded cucumber.

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

Homemade Tzatziki is such a great complement to so many Greek dishes.

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

 

For serving, simply put out your Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki on a platter.

 

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

 

Have a side of Bibb or Iceberg leaves so guests can make their own lettuce wraps

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

Just pick up and eat like you would any sandwich. Such a yummy combo in my opinion. Thanks to the folks at ALDI we had a wonderful Greek Inspired Lunch with quality ingredients you would find anywhere else.

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

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    Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

    Greek Meatballs

    Yield: 24 meatballs
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Greek Meatballs are the prefect appetizer size to put in bib lettuce wraps

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound Ground Beef
    • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh leaf parsley
    • 3 tablespoons grated onion
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • Zest of a lemon
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
    • Bibb or Iceberg Lettuce
    • Make-Ahead Homemade Tzatziki
    • 2 7-ounce containers Nonfat Greek Yogurt
    • 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 cloves
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with cooking spray or spray the inside of a mini muffin pan.
    3. In a large bowl whisk together the panko, parsley, grated onion, garlic, lemon zest and juice, egg, spices, salt and pepper.
    4. Add the ground beef to the mixture and combine with your hands being careful not to overwork the meat mixture.
    5. Form approximately 1 tablespoon sized meatballs using a small ice cream scoop.
    6. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet or muffin tin, spray the tops with cooking spray, then place the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
    7. Make the tzatziki sauce while the meatballs are baking.
    8. Place the yogurt in a medium bowl. Grate the cucumber on a box grater on the largest grating side and squeeze it with your hands to remove most, but not all of the liquid. Add the grated cucumber to the yogurt. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, vinegar, dill, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and combine. Taste for seasonings.

    9. Remove the meatballs from the oven and serve with the tzatziki sauce and lettuce leaves.

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    Nutrition Information
    Yield 24 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 98Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 28mgSodium 263mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 8g

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3 Comments

  1. These meatball wraps look delicious. The bibb lettuce is perfect for catching all the lovely sauce. I’m sure the flavor is totally worth the muffin tin cleaning!

  2. I love Greek style meatballs and love how you served these up. They look delicious!

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