Gluten-Free Beef and Feta Rissoles with Ajvar Gravy

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This easy Macedonian recipe for gluten-free beef and feta rissoles is perfect for dinner, cocktails, or just as a snack. Best of all, it is gluten-free, made with simple ingredients, and global. It is known in one form or the other and loved all around the world.

 

Deliciously perfect, Macedonian beef rissoles with feta and ajvar gravy are gluten-free and ideal for dinner, cocktail, or as an afternoon snack.

 

Back when eating was a detested chore (pun intended), I looked forward to rissoles. All the solid food I’d consider eating was first slowly deconstructed (at my parents’ disapproval) in order to remove suspicious looking substance and soups were strained through a double gauze. Even the tiniest speckle of ground pepper floating in my soup was a red flag and my appetite (if I had any to begin with) would be extinguished.

 

However, rissoles were OK. I can’t explain it even if I try really hard to crawl back into the mindset of my seven-year-old self. Why a piece of baked plain chicken breast didn’t pass my detailed test but rissoles were OK. There were onions, parsley, garlic, milk-soaked bread, Vegeta (with bits of dried vegetables, yuck! – which I now use in everything), etc., but for whatever reason, my stomach tolerated rissoles.

 

Most of the recipes from my childhood I follow religiously, without questioning the process or the ingredients. I honestly thought mom was adding bread to the ground beef to stretch the meal. It was cheaper than buying more beef. All my young life I watched her soak a slice of bread or a day-old bun in milk and then give it a gentle squeeze before mixing it with meat. I never asked why.

 

low carb beef rissoles with feta

 

Macedonian Gluten-Free Beef & Feta Rissoles – Koftinja

 

When I found out that everyone is using bread or breadcrumbs in rissoles, I thought it must be to keep them from falling apart. Still, I didn’t confirm. That was the way of making the patties and so it must be. Following mom’s recipe, I also used to roll them into flour before frying.

 

Much later in my life while Macedonia, as well as Bosnia, still belonged to former Yugoslavia, I discovered koftinja. To my surprise, their rissoles are made without the onions, garlic, Vegeta, and the bread. I was even more surprised when they didn’t fall apart while frying. What is keeping them together, I do not know. I know only that they are deliciously perfect. Nothing else matters much.

 

The star ingredient in these gluten-free beef rissoles is feta cheese and the gravy is the icing on the cake. Made with ajvar, my favorite spread in the whole world, this gravy is also gluten-free and an ideal condiment for the meat patties (you can use tomato paste instead).

 

Ajvar is a pepper-based condiment made principally from red peppers and contains eggplant, garlic, and sometimes hot peppers for a spicy version. My mom’s recipe for ajvar is the best! To make it though, it takes almost a whole day. Luckily, Macedonian brand Biljana makes ajvar (ajver) that tastes almost like mom’s (see ESSENTIALS box below).

 

Although I’m no longer an anorexic picky eater and I still love rissoles the way mom makes them, this gluten-free Macedonian recipe is much more agreeable with my attempt to eat healthier.  Serve them with a side of oven-roasted cabbage wedges or boiled potatoes.

 

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INGREDIENTS:
Makes 6 rissoles

For Rissoles

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or Vegeta
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Gravy

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Macedonian-style ajvar relish (substitute with tomato paste)
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

~ Free Tip ~

You could bake the rissoles in an oven for even healthier version, however, the gravy will taste better when made with the brown bits of fried rissoles.

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients for the rissoles. Blend it with your clean hands or using a wooden spoon. Don’t over mix, it’ll make your rissoles tough. Use wet hands to form six patties.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add rissoles. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Flip them a few times for even cooking.
  3. Transfer the rissoles to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.  To the pan, add the ajvar or tomato paste and whipping cream. Stir and let simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

 

 

ESSENTIALS

for Beef and Feta Rissoles with Gravy


 

 

making rissoles with feta and ajvar gravy

These rissoles are low in carb, gluten-free, and super easy to make.

 

5 from 5 votes
Macedonian gluten-free beef & feta rissoles with ajvar
Macedonian beef rissoles with feta and ajvar gravy
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Deliciously perfect, Macedonian beef rissoles with feta and ajvar gravy are gluten-free and ideal for dinner, cocktail, or as an afternoon snack.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: beef patty, gluten free, rissole
Servings: 6
Author: Jas
Ingredients
For Rissoles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the Gravy
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Macedonian-style ajvar relish substitute with tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients for the rissoles. Blend it with your clean hands or using a wooden spoon. Don't over mix, it'll make your rissoles tough. Use wet hands to form six patties.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add rissoles. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Flip them a few times for even cooking.

  3. Transfer the rissoles to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.  To the pan, add the ajvar or tomato paste and whipping cream. Stir and let simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

You could bake the rissoles in an oven for even healthier version, however, the gravy will taste better when made with the brown bits of fried rissoles.

 

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18 Comment

  1. Reply
    Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather
    May 8, 2018 at 8:33 am

    This looks great, Jas! I was planning on making some beef kefta this week, but I might make this instead…my kids are “meh” about greens so I like to blend it up in meats as well 🙂 Then they love parsley in Salisbury Steak and also Chinese dumplings…so I think they would love this!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 9, 2018 at 8:09 am

      I hope they’ll like it, Marissa! Thank you for stopping in!

  2. Reply
    Miz Helen
    May 10, 2018 at 10:21 am

    I love the addition of the Feta to this patties, and oh my that gravy looks delicious! So glad you could join us on Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing with us. Hope you have a great week and a very Happy Mothers Day!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Miz Helen! I appreciate you. Hugs

  3. Reply
    Linda S
    May 10, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I love that you introduce me to new recipes and dishes, Jas! This looks like something my family would love – pinning to try later!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 11, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      I love that you love my new recipes, Linda! It means a lot. 😀 Hugs

  4. Reply
    candy
    May 10, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    These look really delicious and we will be trying them out. Found you on Blogger’s Pit Stop

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 11, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      I hope you do, Candy! They are really yummy.

  5. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    May 13, 2018 at 9:30 am

    These look delicious! I love learning about new food things – like ajvar. I’ve never heard of it, but I sure want to try it now! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – and Happy Mother’s Day!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 13, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Thanks, Helen! Ajvar is a must-have relish for grilled meat or just enjoyed on a big slice of [fresh from the oven] bread. 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. Reply
    Kim~madeinaday
    May 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    These look delicious! I bet the feta makes them so yummy! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!
    Kim

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 14, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      They are surprisingly yummy, considering there are a few ingredients. Thanks, Kim!

  7. Reply
    April J Harris
    May 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I was so interested to learn about these Rissoles, and their history. I do love reading people’s memories around food. I’ve never eaten Rissoles before but I’d definitely like to give them a try, Jas! I had also never heard of Ajvar but it sure sounds delicious too. Thank you so much for sharing this post, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope your week is going well!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 16, 2018 at 8:17 am

      I’m sure you had them under a different name, April. Each country has their own version of spice blends they use and they call them something else. They’re almost like a hamburger or individual meatloaf fried in a pan, LOL. Nothing fancy, but yummy. You’ll have to try ajvar if you can get your hands on it. Thank you for always taking the time to read my ramblings! Hugs

  8. Reply
    Dagmar Bleasdale
    May 16, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Dear Jas, I was very happy to welcome you again at my latest link party. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe, I’m always looking for more gluten free dinner ideas!
    I hope to welcome you back soon,
    warm regards,
    Dagmar
    http://www.dagmarbleasdale.com

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 17, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Thank you so much, dear Dagmar! I love partying with you 😀

  9. Reply
    Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather
    May 20, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Update: I made this and my kids DID eat it despite the parsley and feta inside, SCORE. They did not like the sauce, but we adults did. Great recipe 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      YAY! I love to hear that. Made my day! Thanks so much for trying it out, Marissa! Much appreciated. XO

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