Enjoy fooodlove’s Soutzoukakia recipe - spiced beef meatballs in rich tomato sauce. Also known as Soutzoukakia Smyrneika, İzmir Köfte or Smyrna meatballs.
Add the beef mince, onion, garlic, olive oil, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and cumin in a bowl and mix until combined.
Shape the mixture in long “sausage-shaped” meatballs and refrigirate for 15-20 minutes so they can get firm.
Add vegetable oil in a nonstick pan (enough to cover the entire surface) and fry them in medium heat, (approx. 5 minutes).
Once they are cooked on all sides, add the red wine, let them simmer until it evaporates and set them aside.
Tomato Sauce: On the same pan add the olive oil, onion and garlic, and sauté them in medium heat (approx 3-4 minutes).
Add the tomato sauce, the fresh tomato, cinnamon, salt, cumin and water and simmer for 10 minutes in low heat.
Once the sauce is ready, transfer it in an ovenproof dish, add the soutzoukakia and bake in a preheated oven at 190ºC (375ºF) for 30 minutes.
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