Albanian Qofte (Meatball) Sliders with Feta Aioli are packed with mint, feta, and garlic. They taste amazing with the feta aioli on top.
Some information about Albania:
Although a small country, Albania is distinguished for its rich biological diversity. The total number of plants is over 3250 species, approximately 30% of the entire flora species found in Europe.
Albania forests are home to range of species. They have bears (duh) and wolves, wold boars and chamois (which I thought was a type of cloth. *shrugs*). There’s also lynx which are rare and pine marters and polecats. Also rare. It has the last of the Balkan lynx in existence. Once thought to be extinct, they are critically endangered and might soon be extinct as their numbers are estimated in the 100s. However, conservationists and the neighboring countries (Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro) are working together to bring this majestic animal back from the “dead” so to speak.
Albania is for the birds! Literally.
Albania has 350 species of raptors. The golden eagle being one of them. It is also the national symbol of Albania. The local name of Albania is ‘Shqiperia’, which can be translated to ‘Land of the Eagles’.
The national airport of Albania is named after Mother Teresa. The full name of the the airport is Tirana International Nene Tereza.
The ancient city of Butrint is a World Heritage Site. It became an important stop on the trade routes in 4th century BC. There are fortifications from the 6th century BC, a stage from the 3rd century BC, and some basilicas and baptistry from the palaeo-Christian era.
Albania is one of the least-developed countries in Europe, BUT they have free health care. I guess if you don’t have much you can’t expect much in forms of payment. *shrugs*
What’s the food in Albania like?
The food of Albania has been influenced by all of its neighboring countries, but from what I’ve seen of their recipes, I think Greece has made the most influence. Including their lunch, which is a large salad of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and olives. Hmm…
I was initially going to make Byrek. Well, actually I did make it, but it was a fail. I forgot the eggs. I WILL be trying that again as a #MeatlessMonday dish. It was tasty otherwise. Just a tad bit dry.
So, I looked at my list again and found the Qofte or meatballs. Hmm…okay. What to have with them? Veggies? Potatoes? Then I saw a recipe for barbecue meatball sliders or something like that and that’s what I figured I would do. Albanian Qofte Sliders! PERFECT!
How to make Albanian Qofte (Meatball) Sliders:
Combine first 7 ingredients (beef through garlic powder) in a mixing bowl. Form into 12 meatballs approximately 2 inches in diameter.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat. Fry the meatballs 10 to 12 minutes making sure to brown on all sides.
- 1 pound lean ground beef 97/3
- 3 ounces low fat feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup egg substitute
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 12 small whole wheat dinner rolls
- Combine first 7 ingredients (beef through garlic powder) in a mixing bowl. Form into 12 meatballs approximately 2 inches in diameter.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat.
- Fry the meatballs 10 to 12 minutes making sure to brown on all sides.
- Combine remaining feta cheese with the mayonnaise and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Split the dinner rolls and spread 1 tablespoon feta aioli and top with a meatball.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 319Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 47mgSodium 481mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 18g