{recipe} Chickpea Tabouli, Keftedes (Greek meatballs) & Pita

This is my 3pickles version of tabouli. Simple, tasty and easy to make from ingredients found in the pantry & garden.

Just toss together, finely chopped parsley, halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, chopped red onion, finely chopped mint & a tin of drained chickpeas. Season with salt and dress with extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. I like to let the flavours develop for a bit before serving.
 I love this salad with Greek Meatballs (keftedes), wrapped in homemade pita bread, then drizzled with Tzatziki or yoghurt and some sweet chilli sauce.
To make the pita bread, just use my Farmer's bread recipe, found here. Instead of placing dough in a bread tin, divide into 8 portions, roll flat onto a floured surface and "dry" pan fry (or use BBQ hotplate). The bread will puff up after about 30 seconds, flip over and continue to cook the other side. Easy.

To make the meatballs, combine beef  or lamb mince, finely chopped onion, finely chopped parsley, crushed garlic, a dollop of tomato paste, an egg, breadcrumbs and about 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Season with salt & pepper if you like. Roll into little meatballs (about one heaped tablespoon of meat mixture each). Place meatballs on a plate ,cover with clingwrap and leave in the fridge for at least half an hour to set (so they don't fall apart when you cook them). Shallow fry (I like to use rice bran oil), or if your really good you can place them on non stick baking paper and bake in a moderate oven till done.
Till next time.........

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Comments

  1. "Ella Ella" , Bring it here now !!!!! Excellent photo's again Miss Marnie , definately going to give this a go xx Ava

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  2. This looks really yummy, we are having a middle eastern meal at our church next Saturday night, hope it looks as good as this!

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  3. This looks fantastic! Will be featuring it on Friday. I hope you'll stop by and grab a button!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  4. Yum, Marnie! This sounds delish! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. yum........... definitely not something a pregnant woman needs to see at 9:20 pm. I know what I'm making for lunch tomorrow!

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  6. What a fine dish to make. Bet your family loves it. Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  7. Oh my goodness they look fabulous.They are going on the menu next week for sure. I want some of that pita bread now! Thanks for joining in Fresh and Fast Friday Marnie. K x

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    1. they are yum!
      thanks for hosting!!
      x Marnie

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  8. You made pita bread!!!! Very impressive. Nice to meet you via Fast and Fresh Friday.

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    1. Nice to meet you too! I hope you give the pita a try. Let me know how it turns out, if you do.
      x Marnie

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