Jewish Meat Croquettes from Greece

Greek Jewish cooking has a very long history since Jews have lived in Greece since Hellenistic times. In the 16th century, many thousands of Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal moved to the Ottoman Empire. Many of them settled in Greece where they mingled with the Jewish communities who were already there. This makes Greek Jewish cooking particularly varied, eclectic, and altogether fascinating. Try these Jewish Meat Croquettes from Greece made with ground beef and matzo meal for a weeknight meal. Make your own spelt matzo meal from our spelt matzo recipe or order spelt matzo online. To make matzo meal, break up matzos and whizz them in the food processor.

We keep discovering varieties of Jewish cooking from all over Europe, Africa, and Asia. If you are interested in Jewish cooking, do yourself a favor and get a copy of The Cookbook of the Jews of Greece by Nicholas Stavroulakis.

Jewish Meat Croquettes from Greece with Spelt Matzo Meal

byzantine greek jews Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
About 20 croquettes



  • 1 1/2 lbs/680 grams ground beef
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup/65 grams spelt matzo meal
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley and mint
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Raw onion rings, parsley, and lemon juice for garnish


  1. Mix the beef, onion, eggs, spelt matzo meal, vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, vinegar, parsley and mint together in a large bowl and knead them thoroughly with your hands
  2. Pat egg-sized pieces of the mixture into oblong shapes and set on a plate
  3. Fry the croquettes in 4 tablespoons olive oil, turning them every couple of minutes so they’re well browned all over
  4. Serve immediately garnished with raw onion, parsley, and lemon juice

Adapted from The Cookbook of the Jews of Greece

Author: Daniel Lieberman

Daniel Lieberman is a cook and writer living in the hills of Western Massachusetts. When he's not cooking he listens to opera and reads a lot.

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