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Rachel's Soutzoukakia

Rachel Prince

For Lunch


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1-2 hours minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook

Serves 4-6


Greek Cuisine - Soutzoukakia is a lovely, light starter of meatballs in a tomato sauce. The flavours are to die for and they can be served with various accompaniments.


2 slices thick dense bread (crusts removed)
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 lb ground lean meat (beef or veal)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 egg
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons grated kefalograviera cheese or mizithra cheese (parmesan makes an excellent substitute)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper
flour (for dredging)
2 tablespoons olive oil

For The Sauce

2 lbs fresh tomatoes
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 bay leaf
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


Soak the bread in the wine for about 5 minutes, or until thoroughly softened. Then, squeeze out and reserve the excess wine. In a large bowl, combine the ground meat with the wine soaked bread, onion, garlic, egg, parsley, grated cheese, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix the ingredients until thoroughly blended. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Dampen your hands, pinch off small portions of meat mixture, about the quantity of a teaspoon or just over, and shape into approximately 20 oval rolls (looks sort of like an elongated, slightly flattened, meatball). Dredge them in flour.

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the meatballs and fry until browned all over, turning occasionally and allowing time for the meat to cook thoroughly. (alternatively, if you want a 'lighter' recipe, you could just brown in a non-stick pan or bake them in the oven - not as flavourful, but still good). Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside.

Strain the oil you fried the meatballs in through a fine sieve into a cooking pan. Add all the sauce ingredients, and the reserved wine. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sauce is thick. Drop in the meatballs, stir to cover all over with the sauce, and simmer covered for 15 minutes.


Serve hot with lemon and rosemary roast potatoes, rice, french fries, or mashed potatoes.


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