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Greek Beef and Rice Meatballs with Lemon-Olive Oil Sauce
In the Greek dish called youvarlakia avgolemono, beef and rice meatballs dot a lemony soup that’s rich and velvety with egg yolks. To simplify, we pair the meatballs with a quick pan sauce inspired by Greek ladolemono, a simple sauce of lemon, olive oil and sometimes herbs. A generous amount of chopped dill lends the dish fresh herbal notes. Serve with warmed pita bread or a rice or orzo pilaf.
cup cooked long-grain white rice, room temperature
slices hearty white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces
01In a large bowl, mash the rice with a fork until smooth and pasty. Add the bread, ¼ cup of broth, 2 tablespoons of dill, 1½ teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Using your hands, mix and mash the ingredients to a paste. Add the beef, egg yolk, half of the garlic and 1 teaspoon of oregano, then mix with your hands until the mixture is homogeneous. Divide into 12 portions, form into smooth balls and place on a plate. Refrigerate, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
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