Biftekia with french fries (Μπιφτέκια με τηγανιτές πατάτες)

Biftekia with french fries (Μπιφτέκια με τηγανιτές πατάτες)

Biftekia with french fries (Μπιφτέκια με τηγανιτές πατάτες)

 

Our neighbourhood growing up was filled with a lot of kids our age.  We lived in an apartment complex, which was one of many on several blocks, and everyone seemed to know everyone else, at least a little bit.  Our free time was spent meeting friends on the street, hanging out in the large back yards and driveways of these apartment buildings, playing catch, dodge ball, hide-and-seek, or just hanging around riding our bikes to the corner store to buy popsicles and sip-sacs.  On days where there was no school, we would be outdoors all day, coming in only for lunch and bathroom breaks.  Reluctant to fully stop all friend-related activities, we would often have friends over to share a quick lunch before heading back out.  Knowing this, our parents would usually have some quick and kid-friendly meals at the ready.  Included in this were lots of hamburgers and meatballs (called keftedes), and these were well loved, and understood, even by our non-Greek friends.  They would ask for ketchup (they were usually given tzatziki instead) and they ate, happily.

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Meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs (Ρολό με κιμά και αβγά)

Meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs (Ρολό με κιμά και αβγά)

Meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs (Ρολό με κιμά και αβγά)

We are so excited to share this recipe!  We think that many of you will have memories of this meatloaf being a popular highlight on Greek buffet tables.  In recent years, this meal seems to have fallen out of favour, and we’re really not sure why.  It is absolutely delicious and we feel, it deserves a revival.  When we shared with our friends that we were going to be making this rolo (Greek for loaf) with our parents, the typical response was something like, “Oh yeah!  I remember that!”.  Even our parents were excited that we wanted to make this meal with them; it had been years since they had done so.

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