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Grilling: Keftedes

[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

A few weeks ago I had a good friend come over packing a giant tub of a ground beef mixture, which was formed into spheres and grilled into some of the best meatballs I've ever had. The next week I couldn't help myself from trying to show him up create my own little balls of excellence, choosing to do them Greek-style to up the ante.

What seemed like a ton of onion, garlic, oregano and mint in proportion to the meat at first, ended up being just the right amount of flavor to make these taste distinctly like the keftedes I so often enjoy at Greek joints in my neighborhood.

Although just a tad on the soft side for the grill, the meatballs cooked up into browned beauties that didn't necessarily need the accompanying tzatziki and lemon to make them delicious, but put them altogether, and they were outstanding.

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