These one-bite meatballs are a quick and easy protein-rich snack for those on the go! Filled with spinach, feta and garlic these mini meatballs are bursting with flavour and taken up another notch with just a quick dip into a tangy homemade tzatziki dipping sauce
1 lb (0.5 kg) Ontario lean ground beef
½ cup (125 mL) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
½ cup (2 oz/125 mL) crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup (50 mL) breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) each salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Quick Tzatziki Dipping Sauce:
½ large English cucumber, grated
1½ cups (375 mL) plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh chopped dill
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
In a large mixing bowl, add beef, spinach, feta, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix with spoon or hands until well blended.
Shape into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C) and center is no longer pink.
Serve with tzatziki dipping sauce as an appetizer or grab them to go as a protein-rich snack.
Tzatziki Dipping Sauce:
Place grated cucumber into a bowl lined with a paper towel or cheese cloth. Wrap and gently squeeze out excess moisture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
To the cucumber add yogurt, lemon juice, dill, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving to allow for flavour to develop.
- Don’t have fresh dill on-hand? Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of dried dill instead.
- Bake an extra-large batch of these tasty bite-sized meatballs and keep them in the freezer. Simply reheat in the oven or microwave when looking for a quick protein-rich snack.
- Serving Size: 4 meatballs
- Calories: 272
- Sugar: 4.4 g
- Sodium: 361mg
- Fat: 13.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 10.6 g
- Fiber: 1.8 g
- Protein: 27.5 g
- Cholesterol: 66 mg
Keywords: Ground Beef, Light Meal, Kid-Friendly, Dinner Party