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  1. In a small bowl add the egg, tomato puree, lemon juice, chives, oregano and mint and whisk together.
  2. In a large bowl add the chicken mince.
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the mince and mix it in.
  4. Add the bread crumbs and mix it all together.
  5. Divide the mince into 12 portions.
  6. Flatten each portion and lay a piece of feta cheese in the centre.
  7. Manipulate the mince around the cheese and roll into balls.
  8. Refrigerate the balls until you are ready to cook them.
  9. Preheat your oven to 180C
  10. Get a large frying pan to a medium high heat with your olive oil.
  11. Brown the meatballs for a few minutes, turning them gently and carefully not letting them stick to the pan.
  12. Transfer the balls to a baking dish and put them uncovered into your hot oven for 20 minutes.

Serve with my stuffed tomatoes, and tzatziki and tortilla chips.

You will need:

400g of chicken mince

1 beaten medium egg

½ cup of breadcrumbs (I use gluten-free)

¼ cup of chopped chives

The squeezed juice of one lemon

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

1 teaspoon of dried mint

12 cubes of feta cheese

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Opa Balls

Makes 12

Opa is a Greek word that is used as an exclamation, expression or declaration often during celebrations or in Greek restaurants,  accompanied by plate smashing.

Now I'm not advocating plate smashing, however fun that may be, but try my Greek inspired meatballs for a delicious dinner.

Opa Balls