We love pitas in our family, this is no secret. Generally we prefer veggie, salmon or grilled chicken style. But....the other day the family was ravenous, and I knew they needed something a little more substantial, so I made them with Greek all beef meatballs. I've found a great local source for my beef, so we are eating it more frequently than this past year.
The meatballs are pretty simple. I prepped them, got them in oven and while they were baking, I cut up all the veggies and got the pitas heated. All together this meal took about 30 minutes start to finish. I'll take that on a busy week night!
I used oats in place of bread crumbs. I pulsed mine up in the food processor, as I was looking for more of a rough flour consistency then old fashioned oats.
Add the oats, feta, egg, garlic and oregano to ground beef.
Form into small meatballs, mine were about 1.5 tablespoons.
Assemble pitas. We used the meatballs, feta, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and tsatsiki. My tsatsiki is a simple recipe- nonfat plain greek yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice, grated cucumber, salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I'll even throw in a little dill. I'll measure things out and post a recipe soon.
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ cup finely ground old fashioned oats
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup crumbled feta
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.Grind oats in food processor. Mix all ingredients in another medium sized bowl until well combined. Form into small balls, and place on parchment lined baking dish.Bake for about 7-10 minutes. These are delicious served with pitas or even served in a Buddha bowl!