Greek Meatballs in Egg-Lemon Sauce Recipe

Greek meatball soup
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  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 20-30 meatballs (5 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
546 Calories
23g Fat
40g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20-30 meatballs (5 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 546
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 442mg 147%
Sodium 998mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 45g
Calcium 187mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Stews and braises are very popular in Greece, especially when served with a warm crusty bread for dipping in the sauce. A staple of Greek cooking, avgolemono (av-go-LE-mo-no) is a creamy egg-lemon sauce that is often added to meats, vegetables, and soups.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef (ground)
  • 1/3 cup rice (long grain, uncooked)
  • 1 small yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoon parsley (finely chopped, fresh, or 1 1/2 tsp. dried)
  • 1 teaspoon mint (dried)
  • To Taste: salt
  • To Taste: pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock (or broth)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 2 or 3 large lemons (juiced and strained)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine ground beef, rice, onion, garlic, parsley, mint, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

  2. Add egg to mixture and mix well.

  3. Place flour in a shallow pan.

  4. With floured hands, shape into walnut-sized balls. Roll meatballs lightly in flour and shake off excess.

  5. Heat two cups of the chicken broth in a Dutch oven or large pot until boiling.

  6. Carefully place the meatballs in a layer on the bottom of the pot. Add more chicken broth if needed, just to cover the meatballs.

  7. Simmer covered, over low heat for 45 minutes.

  8. Add more broth if less than one cup remains.

For the Egg-Lemon Sauce:

  1. Using a whisk, beat the eggs in a medium bowl until frothy.

  2. Slowly whisk in the lemon juice.

  3. Ladle one cup of the pot liquid little by little into egg-lemon mixture to temper the eggs.

  4. Remove pot from heat and add egg-lemon mixture stirring gently.

  5. Heat over very low heat until sauce thickens and is heated through.

  6. Take care not to allow the sauce to boil or the eggs will curdle.