So, the world cup is over for another four years, but sports fans needn’t worry as the Commonwealth Games are just around the corner, and as I am sure you know they are being hosted in Scotland this year.
The Commonwealth Games
In 1940 the first Commonwealth Games were held in Canada, where just 11 countries took part, sending around 400 athletes in total. Over the years the Commonwealth Games have grown and this year over 70 countries are expected to compete, comprising of over 4000 athletes taking part in almost 300 events.
To celebrate the games this year Betfair challenged me to come up with a recipe from one of the competing countries. I chose Cyprus and used a traditional recipe for keftedes (fried pork meatballs). Traditionally these meatballs would be deep-fried and served as part of a meze, however, by shallow frying them in fry light, I have made them healthier and added them to kebabs to make a filling, healthy meal for the whole family.
- 500g lean pork mince
- 1 medium potato, grated and patted dry
- 1 egg
- 1 medium onion – grated
- 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
- small handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- pitta bread
- Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs together and season well. Form into small balls, then flatten into patties. There is no need to chill the meatballs.
- Spray a non stick frying pan with fry light and cook the patties for a few minutes on each side, until cooked through. You may need to do this is batches, so keep the cooked patties in a warm oven until you are ready to serve.
- Lightly toast the pitta bread on both sides and then fill with the salad and meatballs.
- Serve with a good dollop of tzatziki
Disclosure – I was sent a food shopping voucher to cover my ingredients