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Greek Meatballs with Cucumber Sauce

I received some outstanding news the other day. Exceptional news, really. I’m thinking that perhaps I should have taken out the front page of the WSJ for news of this caliber. If you’re thinking it refers to a merger, or an IPO, you are, unfortunately, incorrect.

This is better. Much, much better. Believe it or not, we have royalty arriving in about two weeks.

For real.

Time to buff the silver, dust the baseboards, polish the floors, and roll out the red carpet…. for the Queen Mother is coming to town.

Jolly good, if you ask me.

Dad is attending a function close by that The Queen would rather not be a part of, so she decided that instead of watching the tumbleweeds roll by in Vegas, she would come here for pampering, relaxation, and a darn good time. I’ve been planning out where to take her, as there are a few places I haven’t been to yet that I know she will enjoy. That is, IF she feels like associating amongst Austinites.

One never knows.……..

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I mean, my mother won’t exactly be down for a trip to Food Truck Alley. Cocktails on the roof at the W Hotel? That will definitely elicit a much more positive reaction.

Although some of the food trucks are quite good……..

Greek Meatballs with Cucumber Sauce – adapted from Cat Cora

3 slices white bread with crust
1 cup milk
2 pounds ground beef (I used one pound beef, one pound ground lamb)
1 yellow onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup finely chopped oregano
2 finely chopped tablespoons mint
2 teaspoon white wine vinegar (I used red wine vinegar)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 cup olive oil
Flour, for dusting
Freshly ground black pepper
Pita Bread
Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, recipe follows

Cucumber Sauce:
2 cups plain yogurt
1 cup seeded and small-diced cucumber
3 cloves minced garlic

Dunk bread quickly in milk and press the liquid out to dampen the bread.

Combine the beef, bread, onion, garlic, oregano, mint, vinegar, eggs, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Take a large spoon of the mixture and roll into a ball until all the mixture has been rolled.

In a saute pan, add the olive oil and bring it to 360-degrees F for frying. Dust the balls in flour and add to the oil. Brown on all sides, leaving room in the pan to roll them around. Pull from the pan and drain on paper towels.

Serve with pita and cucumber yogurt sauce.

Cucumber Sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

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