Meatball Beef Kebab with Pita

Meatball Beef Kebab with Pita or if you wish, Meatball Kebab Souvlaki,  sounds like a culinary dynamo!!! Let alone its taste! There are many words here that promise a good feast, but let us tell you something else first.

If you want to order this souvlaki in Greece, you have to be precise – you either order it as Kebab Souvlaki or Bifteki Kebab Souvlaki, if you are in central Greece, Athens, Peloponnese, or southern Greek islands.

In Northern Greece, in Crete, and some other places, if you say any of these and you got a weird look back, forget about the above combination of words. Just explain what you want or say kebab in pita. There is that distinction in various areas of Greece about what you call souvlaki or pita or…whatever. Just FYI, we will tell you one thing – bifteki (or mpifteki) in Greek means meatball, but it is somewhat different than a meatball known in the world.

This introduction was hard to make, but don’t let it discourage you. Terminology is less important if you make kebab souvlaki at home. In front of you is a very simple, yet very delicious souvlaki. And let’s stay with the term souvlaki for the purposes of this reading (and making). Bifteki kebab is very popular in Greece and you can find so many dishes that include kebab. Souvlaki is no exception.

As the meatball name implies, we are talking here about ground meat, beef. Enriched with some amount of ingredients to obtain the meat-ball texture and kebab flavor, this is very much loved way of serving meat. If grilled and rolled in pita bread, this kebab becomes souvlaki automatically. Kebab is so tender and juicy, that you simply can’t have enough of it. We will provide here the simplest possible recipe without many additions.

Meatball Beef Kebab Recipe

meatball kebab souvlaki

  • 3 slices old white bread with crust, old
  • 1 kg. ground beef
  • 2 red onion, minced
  • 4 -5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Dried oregano
  • Dry parsley
  • Dry basil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • Pita Bread

Put bread in the water until it gets soft, and then squeeze the water out of it. Add it to the minced meat and mix it. Then add all other ingredients to make the kebab meatballs: minced red onions and garlic, and dry herbs, and well beaten two whole eggs.

Some people like to add a little milk to make the whole meat-mixture even more tender. Salt and pepper come at the end.

Now mix all ingredients really well, using your hands, and leave the mixture in the refrigerator for awhile. All flavors will blend nicely. Before you are ready to grill, take the bowl with the meat mixture out and work through it one more time.

Make small balls of the meat mixture until you use everything. And that’s about it. Have some pita bread at the side of the grill just to make them crispy. Put the grilled kebab meat in the pita, add a slice or two of tomato and some red onion slices if you like. You can eat like this or roll the pita to make a wrap souvlaki.  Kebab souvlaki  goes well with tzatziki!


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