Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Tzatziki

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This is the second post from my Greek Inspired Taste of ALDI Party where I hosted nine friends to educate them on all the new products at ALDI. 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 from ALDI. 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. 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

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

 

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

      • Greek Meatballs

        Greek Meatballs

        Yield: 24 meatballs

        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 Stonemill dried oregano
        • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
        • 1/4 teaspoon Stonemill 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 Friendly Farms 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
        • 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.

        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. Remove the meatballs from the oven and serve with the tzatziki sauce and lettuce leaves.
        Nutrition Information
        Yield 24
        Amount Per Serving Calories 1247 Saturated Fat 32g Cholesterol 492mg Sodium 524mg Carbohydrates 31g Fiber 2g Sugar 7g Protein 96g
        All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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19 Comments

  1. We have an Aldi right down the street from us. We get all our produce from there. I love how they have special items for sale a lot like pots and pans, etc. They also sell great cookies ?

  2. I love Aldi. The have a nice selection of products and they have good customer service. Although the meat section is small when compared to traditional grocery stores, the quality and prices are great.

  3. I have not shopped at Aldi but one opened near us recently. I will have to stop by! Thanks

  4. I love my Aldi’s in Canastota NY great prices and quality product

  5. I’ve always liked Aldi’s prices and their store layouts.

  6. We love shopping at Aldi because the prices are always reasonable and low. Produce is fresh and we can always find what we need.

  7. These wraps look so delicious! I love Aldi! Their prices are so good! Their chocolate is really tasty too.

  8. I’ve never shopped at Aldi, but we do have one near us and I’d love to try them out, especially since they have grass-fed beef.

  9. I think my boys would love the meatballs! I love that Aldi has the best prices and you don’t have to sacrifice flavor! Win, win! Thanks for the chance at the $250! We’d certainly put it to good use.

  10. Aldi just opened near me and I haven’t gone yet but have heard great things and can’t wait

  11. thank you

  12. enter the giveaway and you have $250 more to buy the meat!!

  13. Yeah I think next time Ill do it on a piece of foil on a cookie sheet!

  14. 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!

  15. I didn’t realize Aldi sells grass-fed beef! I need to head over there. And, I love the idea to bake the meatballs in the muffin pan. Nice recipe!

  16. Aldi is super budget friendly. I save lots by buying my canned goods and dairy items there. Your meatballs are a must-try!

  17. I am totally craving this now! Looks amazing!

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

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