Keto adaptation or as we call it, ketonisation is the process in which we take traditional recipes and make them 100% Keto safe. In this particular recipe, we did not have to change much. Some Greek recipes call for flour, old bread or rice… However, there are many Greek families that think of meatballs as their name says – mainly made of meat!
On the other side, some Greek foodies worry if the meatballs, patties, burgers and other creations with minced meat will turn out soft and chewy without bread. But the truth is, bread is not added for that reason… Bread in recipes with minced meat is mainly serving as a bulking agent. As ketonians, we know that meatballs should consist mainly of meat. This is why this keto adaptation will be super satisfying, it will provide more satiety and flavour. What about the texture, you might wonder. Worry not, we got you covered.
All the Keto adaptations of Greek meatball recipes
Our previous recipe for Greek keto meatballs went quite well on all social media. Our followers asked if they could prepare them without tomato sauce. Well, of course, avgolemono comes to mind. Why do Greeks call it avgolemono (αυγολέμονο)? It literally means egg and lemon. Believe it or not, this creamy yellow sauce in the original version doesn’t contain any flour or starch. The chemical reaction of citric acid from lemon and eggs creates a beautiful emulsion. Avgolemono sauce is a smooth, silky, thick sauce that everybody loves. However, avgolemono requires patience, a slow cooking approach, and some level of skillfulness with a whisk.
Crazy about meatballs
Children in particular love meatballs, don’t they? Besides being tasty, meatballs are very fun looking while being fully nutritious. Most Ketonians try to enjoy the Keto lifestyle. Often they like to show their friends and family that Keto can be super enjoyable. If you are one of them, this Keto adaptation will be your ultimate weapon when you decide to show off your cooking skills in front of your guests.
The oriental influence
If you are breaking your tongue to pronounce the name of this dish – “giouvarlakia avgolemono” – it’s quite understandable. This dish is a clear example of Turkish influence on Greek cuisine. Giouvarlakia literally means something round or spheric in Turkish. Even though some original versions call for rice or bulgur, this Keto recipe is 100% safe to go. If you check the nutritional values you will notice that the portion of this aromatic Mediterranean dish will provide you with the exact ratio of macros that the ketogenic diet requires. And the Keto adaptation of the silky smooth sauce – now that’s another level of art created in the kitchen!